A friend I used to climb with recently posted this on LinkedIn. Sound advice.
Low energy, low mood, zero enthusiasm. Sometimes it happens, it can happen to anyone, at any time. What matters is what you do next.
Here are four things for when it hits:
1. Stop the negative thought patterns. Where you are now isn’t permanent, you can and will feel better. Thinking that this is it, and you’re going to feel crappy forever won’t help. Instead, trust the process and know that you will feel better soon.
2. Write it down. Journalling – a few minutes of allowing yourself to write unedited – is useful to uncover what’s happening. Be interested in what comes up and see if you can take one action that’s going to change how you feel. Even if that one thing is to go and rest.
3. Be kind to yourself. Strip back the things you don’t need to be doing, make some time and space for yourself. Do the things you enjoy, bring you energy and bring you back to yourself.
4. Share how you feel. Let people around you know that you’re having a dip. Know that’s it’s ok not to be 100% all the time. The more it’s shared the more normal it becomes, and the less pressure to perform when you don’t feel like it and the quicker you’ll feel better.
She is called Ellie Guest – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellie-guest-b9882529/