How do you pull yourself out of a slump?

Confession time, lovelies: I’ve descended into a bit of a fog. I’ve had a nasty lingering cold, work is busier than ever, and I’m feeling sluggish and unmotivated.

There’s also one other thing: I’m dreading the first anniversary of this.

I believe happiness is a moving target. I know this feeling is only temporary. But sometimes you just need a push to get past the blues, and I’m pulling out all the stops.

Here’s what I have planned:

Do something with my hands. There’s something soothing about craftiness, right? I’ve been taking lapidary (gemcutting) classes for the past several weeks, and I’ve got another one lined up for this weekend. (Right now I’m working on a round brilliant cut smoky quartz.) I always get a boost when I’m learning something new!

Do something for my health. I haven’t been well enough for yoga in the past few weeks, and now that I’m feeling better, it’s time to get back on the mat. It’ll help me feel—and look—better. (After all, yoga and natural beauty are a perfect pair.)

Do something for my sanity. This is an easy one! My prescription: a soothing facial mask and a hot bath. Possibly also a good book and some aromatherapy.

Spend time with family. My baby sister is coming to visit for Thanksgiving, and the timing could not be more perfect. So excited to spend the holiday with one of my favorite people ever!

I think this plan just might be a success. But I’m open to more suggestions. How do you pull yourself out of a funk?  —Aleigh

(Image via D. Sharon Pruitt)

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  1. Christina said on

    I’ve also been in a slump lately — stress is really taking it’s toll on me. I would say that exercise helps (karate and bellydance especially)

    I’ve been trying to learn more about photography, which forces me to focus on the task at hand, which helps. Similar to your gem-cutting. I’ve also been reading a lot, cleaning my house (cleaning has always been a stress reliever) and planning my 2013 trips.
    Unfortunately it’s tough to get out of that funk but I think you are doing all the right things.

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