I can’t quite figure out what is going on with me, but I know that I haven’t exactly been in the right headspace for writing lately. It clearly shows in the way I have been writing for the last few days. I don’t know where I am going wrong. Maybe this is just a temporary lack of motivation because I have been writing regularly for way too long, maybe this stems from something deeper, I don’t know. But I am very grateful for everybody who still makes it a point to read everything that I put out here. It really means a lot to me that people haven’t jumped ship because of whatever setback that I am currently trying to get over.
The first step of trying to get better is accepting that something is wrong. That is exactly what I am doing right now. I know that my work lately hasn’t exactly been the most inspirational or even remotely inspired. Even I have no idea why this is happening. But the thing about going through a slump like this after you’ve had a particularly productive phase is that it can be pretty discouraging. I always try to do better than I have done previously; I’m the kind of person who doesn’t look back unless it’s to track her own progress. So, this immediate slump feels like a harsh blow. I know I’ll make it out of this, but I also have to let myself be sad about it for a while.
I know that a lot of us have been going through slumps like these more often than we usually do, especially in these last couple of months, but I just want you to know that we’ll make it out of this. I don’t know when that will be; honestly, I don’t know. But I do know that to get better, you have to let the exhaustion from whatever has been going on hit you. Sometimes, the only way to get through a storm is to wait it out, and other times, it’s to drive through it. The point is, we all have very different coping mechanisms and they’re all valid (unless it’s something destructive, in which case, don’t do that!). We all need help to get through things sometimes and that is okay.
There is no shame in admitting the fact that you’re going through a bad time and that you need help. It’s okay to admit to yourself that you need a break from your routine, even if it’s only for a little bit. Chances are that you’ve been ignoring the signs for a long time, and now that it’s all catching up to you, you have no idea how to deal with it.
Take all the time you need to feel better.
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