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What To Do When You’re Just Not Feeling It

What To Do When You’re Just Not Feeling “It”

I had great plans for this weekend.  I had a whole list of things that I wanted to accomplish.  Photographs to process, blog posts to write, a garage to clean-up and organize.  I wanted to head out and do some hiking with the kids and photograph the sunset.  I had all kinds of plans for doing more work on my blog, adding more images to the gallery and reading some books on lighting.  But I didn’t do any of those things because I just wasn’t feeling “it”.

I started the weekend full of inspiration and motivation but that level of energy quickly waned for some reason.  I reached a point where all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and watch TV.  I just wasn’t feeling “it”.

What is this “it” that I am referring to?  I’m not really sure.  It’s the feeling that you want to get stuff done, you want to “crush” it and kick-ass but you just lack the motivation and energy to really do anything.  It’s not that you don’t want to, but for whatever reason you lack the mental acuity and the physical stamina to do it.  Instead I found myself moping around aimlessly and feeling even worse about it because I could see the time slipping past and yet I wasn’t actively working toward accomplishing something.  Sometimes this slump will last for just a day or two and other times it can go off and on for a week or more.  Have you ever felt this way before?

How To Cope

Here are a few things that I try to do when I get in this mood.

  1. Just roll with it.  It’s OK to do nothing.  Don’t beat yourself up over it.  We can’t be rock stars all of the time.  We live in such a fast paced world where we are constantly connected and inundated with input from an infinite number of sources be it TV, radio or the Internet.  When the world encroaches on your personal space it’s OK to stop and ignore it for a while.
  2. Do something you enjoy doing.  Maybe it’s something on your “to-do” list and maybe it’s not.  Maybe you still don’t feel in the mood to do it but what I find sometimes is that once you start doing something you get into a groove and it works itself out and you start to realize that you are feeling better and having fun.
  3. Take care of yourself.  Your health is the most important thing.  Feeling stressed or depressed takes a physical toll on your body.  Eat well with plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of fluids (water not alcohol) and get plenty of rest.  Maybe you end up sleeping through the weekend but if you come out of it feeling energized and motivated then it paid off.  Like point #1 states, we don’t have to be bodies in motion all the time.  Taking care of your physical body is very important.
  4. And that leads us to emotional health.  If you fight with stress or depression or battle self-doubt or even fear it’s important to address that in some way.  Maybe you talk it out with a close friend or partner or maybe you try and work it out in your own head.  If you’re not in the mood for company, spend an hour or two reading a good book.  I recently read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  If you’ve been feeling internal resistance, fighting a lack of motivation or just felt there are way too many barriers to overcome to make your dreams come true then read that book.  It’s helped me to take time to self-reflect on what it is I really want and how I can go about accomplishing it.

I’d love to hear from you about things you do when you hit a temporary slump and don’t know what to do when you’re just not feeling “it”.  What things can spark your creativity again and get you back in the saddle.  I’d love to be able to add some more options to the list above so leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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