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Take care of yourself when everything is crap

All normal people get into slumps sometimes. The job feels boring, nothing feels great. The motivation is gone.

What do you do?

Here’s some advice on what will make you bounce back faster:

1. Realize that normal people's emotional life has its highs and lows, that's life. Sometimes you feel that nothing can stop you. Other days it's completely hopeless - and most often you find yourself somewhere in between. That's life. If you realize that this is what it'll be like from time to time, it's easier cope when motivation is low. It will pass.

2. Try to surround yourself with positive people. Nothing has a better effect or is more contagious than getting positive energy when everything else sucks. The same goes for vice versa - negative people in your life infect you with negative thoughts and pessimism.

3. Reflect on your past successes subordinated to what you are feeling right now. It's easy to forget everything good you have done in the past when everything sucks. Think about what has made you successful in the past. What are your strengths? To think of them makes it easy to build new momentum and get new ideas on how to kick start the future.

4. Be grateful for what you have. When you compare your life with others who haven't had as much success as you, will soon make you understand that your life isn't really that bad.

5. Change your environment! A good way to change the mood is to change the environment. The reason is simple: When you get stuck with a problem you easily start to associate everything around you with your current whereabouts. To replace or re-do the environment may be the way to solve the problem. It could be as simple as rearranging, cleaning or buying some fun decor details.

6. Break the routine - doing the same thing day after day becomes monotonous and depressing. If you can - do something you don't normally do. Try doing things a new way. Take a day off and take a walk in the woods. Shake the routines in some way that you feel like doing and you'll notice that things will change for the better.

7. Dance, get moving. Getting physical in any way always makes people feel better. Swim, walk, run, go to the gym. It's tough to get started, but the rewards come quickly once you do.

8. Take the bull by the horns. You have a problem that gnaws on your mind. What is the first and most logical step you should take to resolve the problem? Take that step. Once you do, ask yourself the question again: “What is the next most logical step to take to get closer to the solution”? Take the plunge! Once you have decided to stop tormenting yourself and move forward instead, you will quickly feel better.

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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