How to pull yourself out of a slump


Yesterday morning I woke up feeling a little glum. Actually, I wasn’t totally glum, it was more of an unmotivated feeling. There was no particular reason behind it, it just sometimes happens as we’re not robots. I decided to head out for a walk because the longer I sit about in bed the more unmotivated and stressed I become. Do you get like that?

I ended up meeting a friend for breakfast after my walk which made a very nice start to the day. I find that getting out into the fresh air can help to clear the mind. It forces you to stop dwelling on your lack of motivation, step away from the laptop and forget all about your projects and goals.

I had a good chunk of work to do on Saturday but decided that I needed to force myself to stay away from it. If you try working when you’re not in the right mood it can take twice as long to get the job done. I didn’t go near my laptop on Saturday. Instead I went to a meditation class at lunch (more on that later) and ended the day with an evening meal with friends. As soon as Sunday morning rolled ’round I was up bright and early to crack on with my tasks and get to a class at the gym.


It can be hard to pull yourself out of an unmotivated slump, trust me, I know. However, if you don’t try then your day is set to go downhill. Here are a few tips to cut off from stress, worry and feeling glum.

Get up, get dressed and go out for a walk. It doesn’t matter where you go, you just need to avoid being stuck in the house. I often like to go for a walk around the shops if I fancy a bit of life around me, otherwise I’ll head towards the countryside with my camera.

Arrange to meet up with a friend for coffee and/or lunch. Sometimes we all need a bit of company, even if we don’t realise it. Taking some time to have a laugh and even sharing our thoughts and worries is very important. I find that having another perspective on a problem or challenge I’m facing can really help.

Treat yourself – This will mean totally different things to everyone. For some it could mean a big cup of tea and a chocolate bar, others might want a new book or perhaps a spring coloured nail varnish and if you’re like me then you will know that popping to the hairdressers for a blow dry will leave you feeling fab.

Write a list – Make a list of your worries and stresses. Follow it up with a step by step plan on how to eliminate those worries from your life. It might be a work situation, a person or even that you’ve taken on too many things at once. Prioritise the things which are worrying you the most and then focus on fixing them one by one.

Step away from the laptop. I mean it. Leave your laptop at home, forget about the internet and just take a break from your online life. I imagine that many of you are like me. You blog, work and read all on your laptop or tablets. Sometimes you have to just let it go, refresh your mind and take inspiration from new places.

These are just a few little things which I find helpful when I’m not feeling motivated. I hope they help you too.

How do you pull yourself out of a slump?


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  • Ali

    Great advice. The siren song of the internet is losing its charm for me, so I have intentionally been stepping away from the laptop and outdoors inside. And guess what? I’m not missing a thing.

    Ali x

  • adela cechova

    Great photography. Lovely post. Thank you for sending me link via bbloggers chat 🙂
    Adela x

  • Emma Luxton

    This is such a great post. Sometimes I really struggle getting myself out of a slump, and it can last for days because I feel so unmotivated and rubbish, but these tips are so helpful and true. All of these things can really help when you’re feeling rubbish. 🙂

    Emma x

    • Hi Emma, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      I’ve also had a slump last for a few days and it’s rubbish. It really is down to us to turn around the dull feeling and get on with something positive.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • I get these a lot sometimes. Getting away from the computer and just having a break is s great. Being outside or going places is a great boost for me!! Love these tips 🙂 x

    • Glad you liked them! I agree, being outdoors can do the world of good.

  • Interested to hear more about the meditation class, I’m really into into yoga more at the moment and starting to see the benefits. Good advice here Daisy and I agree with them all. I try to start each day early and get to the gym (4 times a week at the moment) and I feel great for it. I’d love to try a yoga class or something though.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Hi Matthew, see my comment re Headspace app above 🙂

    • Check out Body Balance – if they do it at your gym.

      I’ll give you an update about the meditation class this week. 🙂

  • Katrina Sophia

    these are brillaint tips, thank you! i do get unmotivated quite often, I usually work on something new to pull myself out of the slump but not always efficient! I like the idea of going out for the walk. I started going to the gym today and I aim to work out in the mornings every day before going in my studio, hopefully it will do me good!

    Katrina Sophia Blog

    • Hi Katrina, I’m glad you liked the tips.

      How’s the gym going?x

  • Loved this Daisy and really needed to see it today (I’d saved the link when you tweeted about it). I can totally empathize with all that you say and have the same issues regularly as I work from home and am often at my laptop from breakfast til bedtime, besides collecting kids from school etc. I think it’s really important to step away and is something I’m consciously trying to do at the moment. I joined the gym months ago and have rarely been, so think I need to sign up for classes and go before I do anything else in my day (I’ve been once this week – a start!). I’ve also downloaded the Headspace app, which I’ve been using for 10 mins meditation each day – I can’t rec this highly enough. I find it so relaxing I’ve been doing it at night, which I don’t think is the idea, but it’s helping me sleep! 😉

    I’m also making the effort to arrange catch ups with a friend for coffee/lunch etc to make sure I’m committed to getting out! A walk helps too and is def easier as the weather gets milders.

    Sorry I’ve written an essay here – told you I could relate! 😉

    Nic x

    • Classes are fantastic. Honestly, once you get into the routine of going they will just become as habit and you’ll start to feel annoyed if you miss one. Let me know if you get ’round to going!

      I think I had the Headspace app a while back. I’ll check it out tonight and give it a go.

      Thank you so much for your comment. 🙂 x

      • yes I will do – it might encourage me to actually do it too 😉

        I just finished day 10 of Headspace today and think you have to pay after that to continue, which I hadn’t realised (pretty annoying), but I think will be worth it. x

  • Sami Brown

    Great post, just what I’ve been needing to read lately! I love going to the gym or to a class to de-stress and empty my head. I agree that it’s better to step away from the laptop or phone for a bit of ‘you’ time and come back to what you’re working on when you’re in a better frame of mind. Thanks for the advice! Love your blog 🙂 xx

  • I do get unmotivated quite often, I think it’s partly because of living in a not-so-sunny country and partly because I can get overwhelmed with all the things I (think I) need to get done.

    Writing a list is indeed very helpful, just writing down all the chaos in a somewhat orderly fashion feels like you’re regaining control of everything 🙂
    I’ve never thought about getting dressed and going out for a walk as a way to regain motivation, yet reading it now, it makes so much sense! If you’re gonna look slumpy, you’re gonna be slumpy!
    Oh and I also find that getting enough sleep is super important! I just easily get depressed when I’m tired.

    Great tips and thanks for sharing!


  • Love this post. I find myself in the same position and usually I get overwhelmed by all the stuff I need to (or think I need to) do, as Kristien says below me, and then when I put it all on paper it starts to make sense and my mind clears. I like the suggestions for treats, as I struggle to find any that are not food-based!

  • The walks are a great idea! It’s so easy when you work from home to actually never leave! Going to make a conscious decision today to actually take a lunchbreak and go for a walk!