It has been a while since I wrote my last post, and that is because I haven’t actually wanted to write anything. I have plenty of ideas noted down, waiting to be turned into a blog post or a story, but I simply haven’t felt the inclination to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard.
To be honest, I have been in a bit of a rut.
I have been in a little bit of a dark place in regards to where I am in life, and have been developing anxiety about a lot of things. In the back of my mind, I was telling myself that I should write something, writing is what usually calms me, but I still didn’t feel inclined to write. In the end, I told myself that I should do something because I want to rather than because I feel I should and decided to take a break; to focus on making changes in my life rather than distracting myself from it.
A month or so later, and I’m back feeling completely re-energized and ready to face the world once again. Whilst my life hasn’t done a complete turn-around just yet, change is in progress and I’m poised to get back into my writing.
I feel like I have got my mojo back.
In the past, I’ve had the ‘Just Do It!’ frame of mind; no matter how you are feeling, just do it (whatever it may be) and you’ll feel better. But in the deepest part of my rut, I couldn’t see how writing would make me feel better; my heart would not have been in it, so it made sense to me to not do it. Sometimes you need to take a break, take things easy, and be easy on yourself.
I see a lot of articles on the internet about motivating yourself to do things, most of them containing numerous inspirational quotes in order to get you going, which is a great thing, sometimes a good quote and a pretty picture are enough to push you on, but other times, they’re not suitable. Maybe you’ve become so unmotivated that you view each article and inspirational quote with a degree of cynicism and scorn. When this happens, you should step away from the computer and take a break.
I, myself, found that taking a break was the best option. Whilst you probably cannot completely cut yourself off from life for a little while, reducing the amount you are doing, and minimizing the stress factor is definitely a good start. You could call it a Mental Health Holiday. If you’re not motivated to do something, than don’t do it. It sounds simple, but it works; after a short amount of time, you’ll find yourself re-energised and ready to face the world once again.
Sometimes, simply doing nothing can bring about the best kind of motivation.