You know those days when just making the bed… let alone getting out of it feels like the BIGGEST chore in the ENTIRE world? We’ve all been there. It’s a natural human tendency to get a little bit out of tune at times. I define my “slump” periods as times when I just can’t seem to groove through my daily routine with ease and happiness… Everything just feels heavy and bothersome, and I just want to lay in bed until laying in bed itself gets boring.
Here’s the thing… it’s practically self-sabotage when you keep yourself away from the things that bring you happiness… seriously! But, when you really can’t gather up the energy and just need some easy self-care to engage in, these tips are here to save the day!
The BEST SHOWER EVER!
It might sound funny but I’m being serious! Get out of bed, hop in the shower, and take what I call “the best shower ever”. This looks different for everyone, for me personally I do just extra than I usually would do. I’ll deep condition my hair, put on a face mask, put on some music, and just be mindful of the water. Some people use visualization techniques where they imagine the water just washing away all of their negative energy, thoughts, whatever it might be. (I’ve tried this and yes, it works). Feeling cleansed and refreshed always makes you feel just a little bit better.
2. Grab the Pen and Paper
Listen, you can even stay in bed for this one if you want to! One thing I love to do is a technique called “brain dumping”. According to Psych Central, “A brain dump is the act of writing down everything that comes to mind on a particular topic. Its proponents describe it as a way to get all of your thoughts and ideas down on paper and free up space in your brain.” Brain dumps can not only increase your self-awareness but immensely reduce stress by getting out any burdens you might need to let out.
Once you get out of the bad, it’s time to bring in the good!
Immediately switch the flip. Once you finish the brain dump and release all of the negativity holding you back, flip the page and make a gratitude list. Write at least 10 things you are so happy to have in your life. Gratitude can ACTUALLY chemically impact us, by boosting neurotransmitter serotonin and dopamine.
Domtar Newsroom reports “Researchers have found that people who practice expressive writing — that is, writing to help make sense of your thoughts and emotions — can experience mental and emotional benefits, including a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression and greater clarity and focus. They may even experience physical benefits!”
3. Straighten Up Your Space
Wherever it might be that you are spending the most time, straighten it up! When our physical space is clear, it helps clear out our mental space as well. Of course, a clean and organized space will make us feel good, but the process of achieving it is rewarding as well! VeryWell Mind suggests that “clutter and mess can create more stress and anxiety, but by cleaning, organizing, and reducing the clutter, people are able to take control of their environment and create a more relaxing environment that helps them focus better on the more pressing issues in their lives”. The physical act of cleaning and organizing can not only be soothing but help you feel productive and mentally organized!
4. Move Your Body!
I KNOW…. How are you supposed to exercise when you don’t want to leave bed? Don’t pressure yourself, it’s not the Olympics. Bring in some light movement whether that's stretching and or yoga, a walk, or even a YouTube at-home workout. Moving your body immediately will switch the focus from your mind to your body, where it should be! It’s a known fact that movement stimulates our happy brain chemicals, like dopamine and serotonin. Leaving us happier, relaxed, and less anxious.
5. Connection is Key
Sometimes when we’re in a slump we just want to disengage and isolate from others. The harsh reality is…
That’s the worst thing you can do for yourself! Of course, allow your boundaries, and don’t push yourself when you want some alone time. But connecting with your friends or family or even your pet is SO important and will help you feel better. Social connection can boost your emotions and help you regulate them as well. It also feels really good to get out what’s on your mind to someone that you trust.
Remember, you always have Buddi :)