5 Ways To Motivate Yourself Out Of A Slump!

It’s inevitable, and we all go through it at some point—the mental funk and occasional drag. It can be so sapping to our creative process, day-to-day lives and hopeful projections for the future. Want to know a secret though? You’re not alone!

Like I said, it’s inevitable and we will all go through it at some point. Even if it’s just a day, week or month, you don’t need to suffer because of it! We all have our rough times where we feel unmotivated, question ourselves or our purpose, and that is why I’ve created a collection of some of my favorite ways to catapult myself out of a funk and back into the passion of life!

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
— Proverb
  • Give Into Ridiculosity: Okay, I know it’s not necessarily a word, but that’s the basis of it! Give into the ridiculous, the absurd and the humor in life! Watch a funny movie with your favorite actor, find videos of stand-up comedians, or send jokes back and forth with friends—essentially do anything that can break up the monotony and bring a smile to your face! This is great for when you are feeling especially down, because you can do it while staying in bed, which is what most of us like to do when we are depressed, but use that energy afterwards to pull yourself out of bed and engage in some activity, even if it’s just cooking a simple meal!

  • Dress To Impress—Yourself! This can easily be one of the hardest ones to do, especially when you’re already feeling down or find yourself in a funk. It’s natural when this happens, we feel depressed and kind of stop caring so much about our outward appearance, but you’d be surprised how much a simple change can affect your overall mood and demeanor! So what am I saying? I’m saying find your best outfit, put yourself together the best that you can, even if you’re just going to spend time around the house or for a quick run to the grocery store! The confidence that you’ll feel from looking your best will help boost your overall mood!


“Coffee Is A Language In Itself”


  • Avoid The 4 C’s: The 4 C’s? Oh we all know them far too well when we’re in a funk. Comparing, competing, criticizing and complaining, they’re the worst things that creep onto us when we’re trying to beat back a mental funk and demotivation. Now the thing is, it’s bound to happen, but if you find yourself engaging in these behaviors, stop! Redirect your energy and thoughts with a funny video, an inspirational quote or affirmation, calling that one friend who really gets your fired up, or maybe calling your life coach if you have one!

    What’s important is that you focus on shifting your behavior from any negativity that may continue that cycle of thoughts! My favorite? I like to avoid the 4 C’s with my favorite iced coffee and cute cupcakes!

  • Create Your Own Talisman: A talisman? It’s not as weird as you may think, and I can almost guarantee it’s not what you think! Some people like to keep guitars or other instruments in their office to play when they feel a funk approaching, others keep baoding balls around to focus their thoughts on, the key to this tip is finding the object that will distract your negative thoughts, brings joy and centers your mind back to a better place.

    For me, I keep a special sketchpad, various pencils and some water color brushes in my office so I can always reach out and start creating, even if it has no purpose or direction! Get out of your comfort zone and create!


“Movement is medicine for physical, emotional, & mental change”

-Carol Welch

  • Work It Out!: Sometimes we need that little boost of inspiration and motivation, and we can’t always count on others to give it to us. That’s why getting up, lacing up your shoes and forcing yourself to get out into nature, feel the sun and exercise! By now, we all know that exercise is an incredible way to bolster your mood and really jumpstart your heart, mind and creativity—so get out there and do it! You’ll be a little tired but overjoyed that you did!

Do you have any tips or tricks you use to pull yourself out of a funk and kickstart your confidence and creative process? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Sandra Kay