Life isn’t experienced as a continuous high. Not for me and, most likely, not for you. One moment you might be cruising through life with an exercise routine, a pile of inspirational books and a fulfilling hobby. Then, before you know it, you are spending yet another weekend on the couch eating one too many cookies while watching one too many cat videos. Good habits are easy to break, especially in periods of transition or after a long holiday. For me, this year consisted of plenty of trips abroad, a new job and a long-anticipated house move. Needless to say, routines and good habits were not at the forefront of my mind. I want to get out of this funk of lazy downtime and start implementing some of my favourite practices again. So, here are my top tips of getting out of a funk.
1. Ask the big question
If you would continue doing what you are doing now, what would your life look like in one year? In five years? And in ten? Would you be fit or weak, zen or stressed, accomplished or regretful. If you don’t like where your current path is leading you, then ask the opposite question. What would your life look like in one, five or ten years if you made certain lifestyle choices. The difference in scenarios should be able to pepper some motivation into your gear.
2. Get inspired
It is not always easy to kickstart a better life by yourself. If you are unsure of where to start or even what you want, then open your eyes a little wider. Get inspired by other people’s routine and habits. Attend seminars or classes of your favourite hobby. Read books about the areas in your life you want to improve.
3. Set small goals
Don’t overestimate yourself. If you have never run a day in your life, you will likely not be able to run a 10k, to begin with. Setting smart and small goals is important to keep motivation up and tracking your milestones.
4. Keep an accomplishment journal
Track your successes in life. It is so easy to focus on your failures, but this will not get you anywhere. Instead focus on all you achieve in life. From big promotions to baking a decent loaf of bread, write down everything you accomplish throughout the year. When you get in a slump, you can then look back on all you have achieved already. I actually keep an accomplishment journal myself and it works wonders on days filled with self-doubt.
5. The easy way
Look for habits or routines you currently have that can easily be swapped out for better ones. If you have to get to work each day, why not walk instead of drive. Or park a little further away from your office each day. If you drink coffee or black tea, why not swap it for some herbal teas. If you unwind with some silly tv-shows at night, why not watch a documentary instead. Even better, read a book or listen to a podcast. Make it easy for yourself by changing your life one swap at a time.
6. Never get tired
A little energy hack is to constantly change up your activities. That way you won’t get tired until bedtime. So make a big to-do list for the weekend and change activities each hour. By the end of the day, you will feel accomplished instead of drained.
7. Start today
This is the most important, but arguably the hardest tip. There will never be a perfect time to start a good habit. Granted, the first day of a new job or moving house day are probably not great. But while you are waiting for that house or job, why don’t you just get off your royal behind and start! (I am solely addressing myself here.) Today is as good a day as any to get moving, start reading or bake a loaf of bread for your family.
This is how I unslump myself and get back on track. I would love to know if you have any additional tips to getting back into the swing of things after a period of chaos.