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Summer is over, it’s the middle of September, and you are in a slump. Let’s face it, slumps happen, even to the best of us. It seams like you are on a never ending merry go round, and you are tired of it. The good news is that even though they suck, there’s usually a way to speed up the process and dig yourself out.

Acknowledge It – While this is the first step, it is also one of the hardest. Nothing is worse than finding yourself sitting on the couch, unmotivated, and feeling like nothing is going to change. With social media, it is easy to constantly be comparing our success to others, but you have to remember that not everyone is happy or motivated 24/7. Remind yourself that we are all humans, and that slamming yourself along the way won’t help.

Find Inspiration – Nothing beats a good Pinterest session or even a physical vision board. Break out the magazines and scissors! Spend some time picking out some things that motivate you. Then, make it a habit to look at it each morning.

Look Forward to Something – Many times, slumps offer after big events have ended. When get get stuck in the same routine, and lose excitement in our lives. Give yourself something to look forward too. This can be as big as planning a weekend trip up to the mountains or buying tickets to see your favorite team play. It can also be small things like planning a meal you’ve always wanted to make or trying out a new exercise class. Studies show that the build-up to an event is almost as exciting as the actual event itself, so boost your mood this way.

More Self-love – Don’t forget who is most important, yourself. Find time in your day where you can take care of your mind, body, and soul, in ways that actually feel good to you. Try booking a massage, painting your nails, or even just reading your favorite book. Whatever it may be, prioritize taking care of yourself.

Make a Plan – A goal is nothing without a plan. When choosing a goal, pick a “SMART” goal: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. If you make a goal with no plan and fail, your slump will feel even worse. “SMART” goal planning has been around for ages, because it works and is truly a great way to reach a goal!

While it may suck, slumps don’t last forever. Remember, flowers don’t grow year round!

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