I’m not sure if it’s the New England weather (which still can’t make up its mind, by the way. 30 degrees last week and now 80 tomorrow? Alright, mother nature. You do that.), my slightly dropping grades, or the boring routine I’ve let myself fall into within the last few weeks, but spring hasn’t been great so far.
Of course, there have plenty of highlights within the last few weeks. However, I think recently I’ve dug myself into a hole from a lack of motivation and indecision over emotions. Yet the that doesn’t mean that I’m gonna let myself stay there, nor should you if you’re in a similar position. As Dr. Suess once said
So here are 5 things you can do right now to hopefully feel better and push you out of your slump!
1. Get Physical
Something that I’ve noticed recently is that even if I’m in a bad mood at the end of the school day, I feel so much better after lacrosse practice. Personally, even though my body hates running, a good run or even a quick walk outside can lift your mood. Physical activity helps to clear your mind, get some blood pumping, and distract or even help you cope with whatever emotional distress you might be in.
This one might depend on how much you actually like writing, but trust me I when I say that sometimes just sitting down and writing down everything on your mind helps alleviate whatever you’re going through. A good rant is always satisfying to let out. Whether you’re scribbling out thoughts on paper and typing them out, you’ll feel so much better after a brain dump because you won’t have to carry all that emotional weight in your head anymore.
3. Treat Yo’self
This one has become a common self-care cliche, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. Do something solely for you today. Whether that means baking, getting your nails done, or binge-watching your favorite show, just do it. You deserve it.
4. Vow To Learn Something New
Sometimes, we get slumped because we’ve lost motivation or our passion towards achieving a certain goal. That’s why the internet can be so great because websites like Coursera, Khan Academy, and edX are so great. Even if you’re not taking a formal course, learning how to do something like properly meditating, cleaning effectively, or using a software like Photoshop also works. It benefits you not only knowledge but also emotional well-being. You’ll feel so much more accomplished and happy afterward!
5. Get Involved
As I said earlier, sometimes one of the best ways to get out of a slump is to give yourself purpose again, which is why I love doing volunteer work. Helping out others is always an amazing feeling, so not only does community service a feel-good experience all around but if you’re in school like I am, it can also give you some credentials and college application leverage.