How To Un-Slump Yourself

“When you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Last week, I found myself in a slump. It was this nagging feeling that something wasn’t *quite* right, and it followed me until I took the time to face it rather than run from it.

It seems trite to say with everything going on in the world that the biggest thing bothering me was a feeling of being stagnant, but it’s the truth. Whenever we feel sluggish in our own lives it makes it difficult to go through our day to day, let alone lend our attention to the bigger matters affecting our world. In this place, it’s so tempting to withdraw even deeper into ourselves, stay isolated, and curl into a corner until our internal storm passes. While some time alone to clear your head is necessary, isolating yourself won’t solve anything.

Ironically, the best thing one can do to snap out of a slump is to focus our attention outward. In my case, this meant cleaning out my closet and donating the clothes to a cause that I hold dear to my heart. For you, it could mean volunteering at the local homeless shelter, or taking part in a beach clean-up project. For others, it’s as simple as having a long-overdue chat with a dear friend or family member. In any case, taking the time to reach out and help someone out, cheer someone up, or make someone’s day is the best way to lift yourself out of your own pit.

While un-slumping yourself is not easily done, it is doable. It is best done by helping someone else out of their ditch so that both of you can stand on solid ground. Help yourself by helping others.


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