I’ve been struggling for a couple of weeks now. I don’t know where to go, what to do, or what to write. Maybe it’s something to do with the drastic changes to my routine and the limbo I’ve been stuck in, but I think the weather is just getting to me.
I arrived home a couple of weeks ago, just in time to experience one of the coldest Julys on record. Mid-summer is no time for temperatures between 9 and 12 degrees and overcast, drizzly days. Seriously, I haven’t seen the sun since last week.
Maybe it hurts because I was expecting to do a lot during the weeks I would be home in Newfoundland—go camping in Terra Nova National Park, thru-hike the 265km+ East Coast Trail, maybe drive west to Gros Morne National Park. It’s not like these things can’t happen, but I’m a whole lot less motivated when the weather is the same. every. day.
Anyway, rather than continuing to mope about, I’ve decided to write something. And, rather than force a more relevant topic, I’m going to write about something that comes easily to me right now. So, here are a few things that give me a little comfort during these dark mid-summer days.
Going for a run
One of the worst things about bad weather is the battle between the guilt that comes with staying indoors all day and the struggle to go outside when the weather is crap. Luckily, going for a run can be a neat little compromise.
Sure, it may feel like hell when you are facing bitter temperatures and blustery winds in July, but at least it’s over pretty quickly. A 20-minute run can be enough to make you feel like you’ve gotten out and done something. Then, you can crawl back into bed without all the guilt.
Drinking way too much tea and coffee
Sure, you might begin to feel jittery, but there’s nothing more comforting than drinking a cup of coffee while knowing that you are giving yourself permission to have another when you finish. Just make sure you are drinking water throughout the day and sticking close to a bathroom. The trick to not keeping yourself up all night is switching to tea before too late in the day.
I’m behind in this, but I feel like I’ve finally discovered the real value of Pinterest. I’ve rearranged my boards and finally understand how Pinterest can be used to help me learn more and be more productive. Plus, it’s an easy thing to jump into when I’m feeling like a slug in between Netflix sessions. I can easily find articles that can get me back on track.
Here are some of the pins that have been helping me get motivated to start blogging again.
A great resource for me was this post+video+worksheets from byRegina.
Giving yourself a break
Once you begin to realize that you’re in a slump, it becomes even harder to get out. You start counting the days since you were last productive. You start getting anxious about how long it’s been and how you’re going to get out of this. You lose confidence in your abilities to come up with new ideas and accomplish anything. It’s tough.
Luckily, there’s a trick that can change everything—it’s called giving yourself a break. More specifically, giving yourself permission to do things in small steps.
Saying “I need to edit three articles/outline this report/send these invites by tomorrow” can be a little daunting. It’s so easy to put things off when they feel like such huge tasks. If you can’t think of anything to write, just start with brainstorming. If an important email keeps being pushed ahead, just start the draft. Once you get rolling, ideas come, confidence returns, and hitting the “Send” or “Publish” button doesn’t seem like such a big deal.