These past few weeks have taken a toll on my productivity. Not only have I been feeling unmotivated, but everything I write or finish just doesn’t live up to my standards. We all go through periods where we just do feel like everything we do is not good enough. Self-doubt can become a downward spiral on all aspects of our life: our jobs, our business, and our personal life. Whenever I’m feeling in the blues, there are things I do that help me slowly climb out of that hole.
Talk it out
The best therapy for getting over self-doubt is speaking to those you can trust the most. When I am feel inadequate, speaking to my friends helps me not only rant, but also dissect what I am really feeling and why I am feeling that way. Speaking to others is also a way of getting advice. People outside of the situation can give you ways to deal with your feelings that are realistic and neutral. They can also spot triggers that you might not have thought of.
My biggest trigger that contributes to doubting myself is when I have way too much to do, or what I have to do just seems way out of my element. To cope with being overwhelmed, I like to make a list of everything I need to do, prioritizing what needs to get done. I also like to give myself a realistic timeline about when I could get everything done. Making lists helps me put everything into perspective and feel more organized. When you break tasks down into smaller portions, it also makes it seem a lot less draining and tedious.
When we are feeling down about ourselves, it’s easy to seclude ourselves from the world. This results in a cycle of feeling stuck and useless and not wanting to go out even more. Take some time everyday to get some fresh air and see what’s happening around you. Taking a stroll is a good way to clear your mind and remind yourself that there’s more to life than responsibilities. Getting some sunlight also helps put you in a better mood!
Take care of your body
Eating junk food, not eating enough, and not drinking enough water is bound to affect your mood. When I am having a busy week and can’t find enough time to prepare healthy meals, my energy runs low. I also tend to feel less confident and social. If you are too busy to cook everyday, try to makes meals for the week. And if you are someone that has a hard time drinking enough water, carry a large jug that you can sip on throughout the day.
When I am feeling unmotivated I oversleep. Eventually, that oversleeping makes me feel groggier. Oversleeping can contribute to tiredness and depression. But, it also important to sleep enough. I usually have a good night’s rest if I sleep between 8-9 hours. Your body needs rest to process everything that you has happened throughout the day!