It is finals week here at WMU and that means it’s the end of my first semester of college! The time has weirdly flown by yet been so slow! During this first half of the year, I have had many ups and downs. Recently I went through this slump. I had no motivation, I didn’t feel excited about going to school, and ultimately I didn’t feel like myself. I don’t think anyone likes to feel that way, but it’s hard to snap out of it! After finally feeling like myself again after a week or two, I thought about a couple of things that helped me and I think could help others no matter the situation.
FIND A NEW HOBBY
Finding a new hobby is a way to distract yourself from what is going on. You can put more energy into something new that excites you rather than dwelling on your situation. For me, working out was what I focused on. It gives you endorphins which scientifically make you happier, but it also gave me a schedule and something to look forward to. I know working out might not be everyone’s new hobby, but it for sure worked for me, so find something that works for you!
Writing down what’s in your head is so beneficial. I have always been the type of person to have a journal because getting my thoughts on paper and out of my mind is very therapeutic. My favorite part about it is the fact that you can literally write whatever you want and there are no rules. It can clear up your perspective quickly.
MAKE PERSONAL TIME
Take care of yourself first! It’s as simple as that.
SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS
Even though spending time with yourself is very beneficial, surrounding yourself with other people can be very helpful. For me, it was just a great distraction, which is what I needed at the time.
CUT OUT TOXIC ENERGY
This is the MOST important one. If there are people or things in your life that are taking all of your good energy and replacing it with toxic energy, it needs to leave. There is no room in your life for things that don’t make you happy and that’s just it.
These are just a few small things that helped me get out of my slump. Keeping a positive attitude is half of the process. “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.”
Good luck on your finals!