Has this ever happened to you?
You’re cruising along in your life. Business is good, your days feel successful and fulfilling. You’re physically strong, energized and healthy. You’re accomplishing a lot. In fact, getting stuff done is almost effortless! The relationships in your life are solid and secure. Life feels joyous. You’re happy and in the flow.
Then, all of a sudden, something happens and kapow! Everything comes to a screeching halt.
Maybe you get physically sick and can’t get out of bed for two weeks. Perhaps you lose a major client and it sends you into a tailspin. But suddenly, you’re out of the flow. Now life feels hard.
Where did that energy, that desire, the mojo go?
In the vantage point of this new lackluster place, your old “productive” self feels like a dream.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because we can ALL relate. One of these scenarios occurs on and off throughout our lives in both small and huge ways. Maybe it’s a day of feeling off your game, maybe it’s six months.
I used to think, “when this issue is gone, it’ll be smooth sailing from here on out.” But then one day I realized, No. Life is always providing challenges for us to overcome and some of those are curveballs.
The question is, how do we get back into the game?
Here are 3 Ways that have really helped me get out of the funk and back into the flow.
1. Stop Judging
Part of what happens when I slip out of my groove is that I judge myself. Suddenly I feel less productive, less energetic, and a lot more apathetic.
When I judge that place, and make it wrong, it becomes much harder to move through it. However, if I can accept and acknowledge what it is - just a moment rather than a weakness – I am more easily able to step out of it.
2. Ease Back In
Think about yourself like a car – very few can go from 0 – 60 mph instantaneously. We have to regain that speed over time. Ask yourself, what’s the first thing I can do to resume my regular schedule?
If you usually run two miles a day, can you start with one mile or perhaps even a half a mile?
If you normally make 20 calls a day, how about starting with 5 or maybe even 10?
3. Recognize It For What It Is – Temporary
What we’re experiencing is simply a reset. All of us want to be going strong 24/7 but the reality is we cannot. Sometimes we need breaks.
Ask yourself : What does self-care look like to me?
Is it a calm walk, a relaxing bath, a quiet chat, uplifting music?
Incorporate self-care and ways to relax into your regular life. By scheduling these, you’ll likely be able to maintain your groove longer and more easily without getting blindsided.
But even when you do need a timeout – remember that it’s temporary and necessary.
Life is full of ups and downs.
It’s just that most of us like the ups more than the downs. But when we remember that it’s all part of the journey, we can accept those down times and embrace them for what they are – a reminder to go slower, a reset or time to stop and think.
When you find yourself in a down place, be gentle, remember it's only temporary and see if incorporating more self-care will enable you to move through it a bit more quickly.
How can YOU incorporate more self-care into your life?
What's the ONE thing you could do right now?
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