About two months ago, today I ran into this struggle and I wrote about it in a note and came up with some great tips that I want to share with you, but first I want to give you a little back story of what my challenges were.
Like I often do, I had been over working myself and I felt stuck at home. I was working tirelessly on tasks for the growth of my brand/business for 2 weeks or so non stop. I had been doing so much that I had become dog tired, to the point of exhaustion, which caused me to feel lazy. When I finally took the time to look over my situation as a whole, I realized that it was all because I’d begun to feel overwhelmed. I also slacked on my meditation and yoga (two of the few things that center me), I wasn’t eating properly (I had been on a one meal per day routine for the second week as well), and I wasn’t on a proper sleep schedule. I was all over the place and I knew it. My body was trying to tell me that I needed to slow down.
Now, did I know what I needed to do? Of course I did, but in my mind, I was conflicted with what I should do. Little by little I felt myself losing bits of clarity that I would usually not have a hard time identifying and holding onto. It was stressful, but on the brighter side I had begun to acknowledge that I had a problem. I began to take steps to get out of that lonely rut. In order to do so, I did the only thing that I know to do when I begin to burn out: I unapologetically stopped.
In hindsight, I know based on my work habits that I may not be able to fully avoid a moment similar to this again, but what I’ve found is that if I can acknowledge and identify when I’m slipping under I can avoid completely falling out. I decided to put together a list to remind myself when I feel like my mind clutter is overwhelming and burn out is near. I hope that this list can help you as much as it has helped me.
5 Steps to Getting Out of a Funk Today
STEP 1 | Take a Time out | Take a break!
In this recent situation, I needed to get out of the house. When you’re living in a full house, often the only place that you can have true peace and quiet is outside of it. You may also want to try to find a new location to work if you work from home. For me, I have to adjust the times I work to make this work. Which means I needed to put a system in place as well. That alone time can be a life saver.
STEP 2 | Personal Analysis | Acknowledge that there is an issue and identify what that issue is.
Once you are in your quiet space, and engulfed in your quiet time, take out a sheet of paper, or your journal (if you write in one), and start to write through your situation and write out your feelings. Next thing you know, it will become clear what you are struggling with, it will be clear why you are struggling with it, and it will become easy to create your plan in step #3.
STEP 3 | Create a plan | Make a plan to turn your mood over.
Use your personal analysis to write out how you can best move forward to get out of your rut. For example, I knew that I was having problems focusing so I knew that I needed to think back to the things that I had done to help myself heal from similar feelings in the past. If it works once, it can work again! In that situation I knew that I needed to get back to a routine. I set specific times for different things such as meditation and yoga practice, and eating regularly, so I don’t wind up being overwhelmed with many tasks. I needed to be sure that the goals I was setting were reasonable and realistic.
STEP 4 | Get Inspired | Participate in something that might inspire you.
I enjoy reading and watching inspiring and empowering content. The first thing that comes to mind are videos, such as Paul Carrick Brunson’s Mentor Monday webinars. When I need a pick me up the things that inspire me include, but aren’t limited to the following: getting encouragement and also learning from the people whom I admire who are successful, and being in a community of people who share the thirst for knowledge. When I am fulfilled in these ways, I’m then able to redirect my focus, while growing, learning, and being entertained all at the same time.
STEP 5 | Take Action NOW | Commit to your plan that you have developed.
The more movement you have, the more momentum you’ll build. When you begin to practice your routine everyday (setting alarms if necessary) it becomes a natural habit. Next thing you know it, it’s a month or two later and because you managed your time efficiently you’ll find yourself being more productive, more successful in your endeavors (especially if you are growing your own business), and you’ll feel mentally and physically healthier.
Do you practice any of these tips? If you haven’t try them then let me know if and how they’ve helped you. Be sure to share in the comments below & let me know!