Dump the Slump and Start Feeling Fabulous
Posted by Joy McCarthy on Sep 25, 2012 | Wellness And Balance
The hustle and bustle of September with kids going back to school and never-ending to-do lists can leave you feeling stressed and fatigued by the end of each day. Unfortunately, this may mean you have very little energy for exercise or motivation to cook something healthy (and delicious) for dinner. The truth is these health habits will help you manage stress better, improve your sleep habits and increase your energy; it’s rather ironic isn’t it?
So how do you avoid being a couch potato in the evening because you are too worn out to do anything else? Follow these tips and you will be well on your way!
One goal at a time.
When I think about each time in my life that I’ve been in a slump, it was because I had too many things going on at once and just didn’t know how to tackle it all. This had me feeling overwhelmed, and left me no motivation to do any of things I had aspired to do. But, who says you have to do everything all at once?
Prioritize your tasks by writing them down and then tackle them one by one. It feels really good to cross off each task as you complete it. For example, if you want to exercise, do your grocery shopping, do the laundry, have a long overdue tea date with a friend, choose one of these for the evening, not all four. By the end of the week, you’ll have no trouble doing all of them and you won’t forget because you will have written it down. Just make sure you put it in a place where you will see it each day, such as on the front of your refrigerator door.
Start small, like teeny tiny.
Sometimes we set goals that may not actually be achievable from the get-go; yes it’s possible to think too big. I’ve seen clients in this scenario many times – they decide they are going to start working out and make a plan to workout six or seven days per week for 45 minutes at a time when they’ve been doing nothing for a year.
This kind of plan is a one-way ticket to setting yourself up for failure and I want you to set yourself up for success, so start small, with baby steps and build from there.
If you’ve been a certified couch potato for a whole year, hitting the gym everyday is going to exhaust you pretty quickly. Instead, commit to exercising for five minutes every single day and build from there. Before you know it, you’ll be walking for 20 minutes each day and enjoying every minute of it.
It can be challenging to start a healthy regime if you are doing it solo. Whether it’s starting a new exercise routine, quitting smoking or preparing healthy meals, getting support from others will help to keep you motivated.
If you have a strong social network of friends, then tell your friends what you want to do and ask them to support you. Why not start a walking club or one date night a week with your friends where you cook together and try a healthy new recipe?
There are many online support forums as well to share ideas and learn from others no matter what your goal is.
Sometimes slumps can feel endless, but success and happiness can be easier than it seems. There are numerous ways to help get you out of your slump, implementing these three steps is a great start and will set you up to reach your goals.
Be kind to yourself and take one thing at a time, start slow and don’t be afraid to ask for help and support. Before you know it, that slump will be a thing of the past.