Monday, 3 April 2017

Get Out That Slump! (Feat This Northern Gal)




Hey Owlets!

You may have noticed I've been a little MIA for the last few days (apart from the odd Twitter moan about student life). While I'm busy typing essays to oblivion, the lovely Kelly from This Northern Gal is here to keep you company. She's a blogger who I've admired for quite a while, so I hope you love reading her blog as much as I do. Also, she's written about how to get out of a slump - which has been very helpful for me with my uni hand in this week.




Huge huge thank you to Kelly for helping me out this week! Enjoy the post and I'll speak to you after my deadline!

Love and Feathers, 
 The Owlet 💜 


Slumps are inevitable. They hit the best of us, usually when it’s least convenient. It can happen professionally, personally or as a blogger. Sometimes we just feel a little off for a few days and like we’re missing our ‘pizzazz’. It can suck, but it’s not the end of the world and will eventually pass.

Now, I’ve not found the magic cure for preventing a slump or for making it instantly disappear but here are some of my top tips for making it a little easier:

Get Creative: I’m not talking about suddenly creating a 6ft sculpture but I’ve found that doing something a little bit more artsy can really help give my brain a chance to recharge. Since I have very limited creative ability, I tend to favour colouring books. I’ve got some great ones, including some Harry Potter editions, and there is just something very therapeutic about doing something artsy just because.


Watch Your Favourite Films: I don’t know about you, but when I’m in a slump I find it really comforting to watch some of my fave movies, even if I’m seen them 20x before. I’ll grab a blanket and some hot chocolate and really take the time to unwind. If you’re looking for some recommendations, my picks are usually Frozen, The Avengers, or something historical (ish) like The Eagle.

Eat Something That’s Good For You: While your first thought might be to reach for the takeaway menus, I’ve found that eating something that’s fairly balanced can really help get me going again. It doesn’t have to be nutritional gold dust either, but sneaking a few extra veggies in with your pasta or taking up the offer a salad with your main can have a real positive effect! Oh, and maybe stop guzzling quite so much coffee….

Eight Hours Please: ...which brings us nicely onto the next point! Getting enough sleep is vital for helping you get back to 100%. For me, this also means making sure i’m getting up at a reasonable time in the morning and trying not to doze throughout the day.


Re-prioritze Your To-Do List: As i mentioned, slumps tend to happen when it’s least convenient. Maybe you’ve been pushing yourself extra hard at work and it just caught up with you. You’ve got a lot on your plate and not enough mo-jo to go around. It’s time to take a hard look at your to-do list and work out what really matters and what matters most. Submitting your dissertation? Keep that at the top. Reorganising
your wardrobe or planning a trip with friends? They can probably wait. It’s not fun but can really help you to use your time and energy wisely, especially if it is in high demand right now.

Make Time For Your Fave Hobbies: When we’re busy and not feeling our best, it can seem hard to justify the fun stuff. We work longer hours and lose any work-life balance we had. While it might work short term, it’s not viable for us to keep doing continually and I find it a sure route to burning out. Making sure I give myself time to do the things I enjoy, like reading, means that I don’t have the pedal pushed to the floor all the time. I find it way more sustainable and a great boost if I am in a slump.


Take Time For Yourself: We’ve probably all heard of the term self-care but how many of us actually pay attention to it? I know it’s one of the first things to slip when things get a little busier, but I’m starting to realise that it’s not doing anyone any favours. If taking an evening off to re-watch Hercules for the thousandth time makes me feel better, then I’m going to do it. Even just taking 20 minutes to do my makeup or paint my nails or go for a walk is an investment in me and ultimately my productivity levels. Taking those 20 minutes? That means I’m going to get way more done when I get back. If you’re missing your pizzazz, don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself and to make yourself happy. It makes the slump a lot easier (and quicker!), trust me!

While I’m not a doctor or an expert, these are the things that tend to work for me when I’ve found myself lacking in mo-jo. If you have any top tips for dealing with a slump, professional or otherwise, please do let me know!  You can find me at www.thisnortherngal.co.uk or at @thisnortherngal on Twitter.


Thanks for having me Becky!



Kelly