Health, Uncategorized

Getting out of a slump: How to keep going when things get rough

As a teacher, or anything really, you have days where you are super productive and you feel like nothing can bring you down.

But then you hit a low point, where you’re not motivated to do anything and it feels like you will never be motivated again. At this point none of it seems worth it.

What are you supposed to do? How do you keep going?

I won’t pretend to know what I’m doing, or that I know the secret to get going again quickly. But I am writing this while at a really low point myself, and I will share with you the things that I am doing to try and get back to normal.

1) Give yourself a reason to get out of bed

It doesn’t have to be a super inspiring reason like your purpose in life or anything like that. You can literally bribe yourself out of bed with food.

My reason for getting out of bed is coffee. I know right, lame. But it works, if I stay in bed I don’t get coffee. There’s my incentive.

My tip is that you should prepare a breakfast the night before, that way you can get excited in the morning about getting out of bed and eating it. It doesn’t have to be healthy like oats with berries and protein powder, it can be chocolate chip pancakes and still work the same. Anything to make you throw off the covers and stumble in to the kitchen.


2) Make lists

Things seem a lot more manageable when you can actually see the main things you need to do. You might look at a day and think “Oh dang, I have 50 billion things to do today” and proceed to get stressed. But when you write a list, you find that you really only need to do 5 whole things.

Write a list of the things that you need to do. Then divide them into A – top priority (meaning it needs to get done today/immediately/very now) and B – low priority (meaning ‘I can definitely do this tomorrow/next week’) categories. The A category items need to be done first, and when all of them are finished, you can move on to the B category items. It is a great way to put in to perspective your actual workload.


3) Break things down…a lot

I don’t mean beating the shite out of things because you’re frustrated, although that could work. I’ll get back to you on that.

What I mean is you need to break down everyday tasks into smaller steps. When you can see the simpler steps you need to take, it seems more manageable to complete a task. You also get the more frequent satisfaction of ticking off tasks.


4) Set up a rewards system

Rewarding yourself for completing tasks is important.

Say something like “If I complete <insert tasks> then I will do/eat <insert reward>”. This will ensure your you get immediate fulfilment and you are filling your life with balance.

Like I said before, I am not an expert. I am simply a struggling gal who tries her best. These are the things that I’m currently trying in order to get myself out of this place and back into my normal, motivated self.

I hope this helped, if it did be sure to give it a like and go visit me on Instagram and Facebook.

Have a wonderful, productive week friends.

– Jess

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