I’ve been in a bit of a slump this past week. Between last week’s tragic school shooting (and ensuing political debate), my son coming down with a stomach bug, and this cloudy, blustery weather, it’s not all that surprising, I suppose. Unfortunately, but also not surprisingly, the slump has carried over to my writing. I’m still getting a little done, but not with my usual enthusiasm.
Every week, I blog at The Naturally Healthy Horse and also work on at least one or two other freelance articles. But this week, I just couldn’t get excited about my chosen blog topic. I tried to push through the slump today, but eventually gave up and chose to go with a guest post instead. Sometimes, a writer’s gotta do what a writer’s gotta do.
I don’t like to be whiny on social media or online, in general. People who whine and complain all the time get under my skin, quite frankly. I try to be upbeat. Positive. Encouraging. But when your own tank is running near empty, that can be a bit difficult. So just like my mother told me– when I can’t be nice, I try not to say anything at all (*try* being the operative word here).
Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve ever been in a writing slump. It’s happened before and I know it will happen again. You’d have to be superhuman to be 100% gung-ho all the darn time. I might have a healthy dose of motivation most days, but I’m definitely not superhuman.
So since I’m in the process of un-slumping myself, I thought I’d share a few things that tend to help me, personally:
- writing poetry
- exercising (yoga is my favorite)
- getting outdoors
- eating chocolate
- cleaning (this works *occasionally*)
- watching a funny movie or tv show
- taking a hot bath
Wine can help too (but only if you’re of age!)
Usually, after implementing a few (or all) of these un-slumping ideas and allowing myself a few days of slow progress, the slump begins to fade. If not, I can always rinse and repeat.
What are your favorite ideas for un-slumping yourself? I’d really love to hear.
Definitely chocolate! When I’m in a slump (and I am too at the moment) I try to read other people’s work. Usually, a good book will help grease the wheels in my brain again. Oh, and more chocolate! Hope things start improving for you soon!
Chocolate makes everything better for sure! Thanks, Deb. I guess it’s not uncommon this time of year.
Dr. Brenda Stubblefield
Add some fragrant bubbles, candles, classical music or jazz to the hot bath w/wine & dark chocolate, I can cure most bad days. Definitely followed w/warm pjs, a good book or upbeat movie & “the sun will come out tomorrow” attitude the next day.
Nice! How could I forget music? 🙂