Confession: over the last few weeks, I feel like I have run out of energy.
Between the clocks changing, work slowing down and the weather feeling much cooler, I’ve fallen out of routine and, to be really honest, feel like a bit of a slug getting around most days.
Now, this is not my style at all. I enjoy being busy - catching up with friends, exercising, working on my business and writing to you guys.
So you can imagine my brain started going a little crazy when those activities fell away and I found myself nodding along to the Netflix notification that my next episode would be starting in 10 seconds.
‘What’s wrong with you?’
‘Get up and do something’
‘You are way behind on your to do list’
Thanks brain! But of course, berating myself wasn’t working or making me feel any better. I took a new perspective and tried these steps instead.
Be kind to yourself
Instead of beating myself up, I took a step back and looked at what was going on.
I’m not a robot who is going to feel the same way and do the same things every day for the rest of my life. I’m going to have ups and downs and feel different week to week and year to year.
Once I accepted this, it took a big load off and I could just accept that I wasn’t running at full steam at the moment.
Appreciate what you had
A few weeks ago, pre-energy slump, I was probably begrudging my busy schedule and responsibilities - and ironically, now I missed them!
The grass is not always greener and I know when I’m back to feeling energetic again, I’m going to bear in mind how much I missed that busy life I created for myself.
Just do something
The other night, while feeling tired after work, I thought:
‘I’ll just get the laundry on, and will make it a bit more fun by listening to a podcast while I do it.’
After that, I knew I could sit down again and rest.
Lo and behold, once I got the laundry on, I started doing a few other things around the house, then felt ready to reply to some emails I’d been putting off.
My energy level rose as I went and after about an hour of productivity, I was ready to chill out again, knowing I’d made some progress. Don’t push yourself here but doing small things can make you feel much better.
What do you do when you’re in a slump? Let me know in the comments below or over on Facebook.