Whether it’s work, relationships or just general life; ‘slumps’ can hit us at any time. During these times, it’s often hard to find reasons to be hopeful or cheerful. Sound familiar? In business you might have lost a key employee or account; separating professional from personal seems like a massive ask and it seems you don’t have anyone to turn to.
Here’s some quick and easy fixes you can make NOW; to get back on track:
1. Watch an inspiring film- May seem like a cliché, but there are lots of movies that are inspiring and often relatable when you’re down. Some of these movies might be related to business, but others may simply touch and inspire you on a human level. To name a few examples: Shawshank Redemption, The Pursuit of Happiness, Dead Poets Society, and The Kings Speech are front of mind personally, but you’ll undoubtedly have your own favourites. The point of a good film is to take bits of wisdom, inspirational messages, and helpful themes, and learn and grow from them.
2. Talk to fellow colleagues/connections-Everyone has been through slumps in the business world. It’s important to speak to others who have gone through similar things professionally. You may even find it difficult to talk with your close friends about work-related topics, if they haven’t run a business themselves. If you know people who have run businesses, seek them out. Get coffee with them. You may think that this is a waste of time, but I cannot stress the importance of having a network that you can relate to professionally.
3. Do some exercise- Sometimes, there’s nothing in the world than doing a little exercise when you’re down. Even little small increments can help. If you’re not currently exercising regularly, consider starting slow with small increments of activity and working up from there. Eating copious amounts of food also makes you feel better for about 20 minutes, but, from personal experience, I would not recommend this one too highly!