Pull Yourself Out of Your Slump NOW (4 Min Read)

From time to time we all sink into a rut whether we are an entrepreneur, employee, stay at home parent or simply being human. Here are 5 ways to get yourself out of the sticky mud, fast.

1) Smile – Sounds corny but if you act as if you are happy, upbeat and confident powerful evidence agrees with what I and my clients have experienced time and time again. If you pull your shoulders back, walk with speed, keep your head up, smile and talk with a tone that an enthusiastic person would use then your mind will find it very difficult to stay in a depressive mode as it will be receiving all the opposite chemical signals from the body.

‘Smiling has the power of relaxing the mind, boosting the immune system, slowing the heartbeat and breathing rate’ – Dr T. P. Chia

2) Get Your Heart-rate Above 120 for 15 minutes – In other words, exercise. People have all sorts of reasons not to run, swim, cycle – ‘it’s too cold’, ‘it’s too hot’, ‘it’s too wet’, ‘I haven’t got a bike’. I’ve found the best way to get past all my excuses is to buy a cheap fold up exercise bike that doesn’t take up much room. It takes 3 seconds to unpin it and start cycling whatever the weather and with all the stats on the screen you can track exactly what your heart rate is and how long you’ve been on so you can get off the moment the necessary deed has been done. There are many out there – I just went on Amazon – The trick is to pick the one which has the least negative reviews. A lot of the positive reviews can be fake. This is the one I got in the end.

My Bike

The impact of this daily 15 minute exercise routine is astonishing and will encourage you towards taking on other powerful game changer habits and routines.

3) Fulfilment first – Get your most fulfilling, creative task done first thing in the morning – ideally before anyone else in the house is awake. This way you can give 100 percent to filling yourself up before your responsibilities to the world start kicking in. Taking care of yourself first is a dramatic statement to yourself which will boost your self confidence and lift your spirits for the rest of the day. For me, it’s writing, for you it may be making art, designing an event for a charity, developing a new business venture or something completely different.

Whatever it is it is something that you’ve always been wanting to ‘get round to’ and it will often challenge and stretch your greatest strengths. Making time early in the morning is also good because that is when most people are more open and creative. Try getting up an hour earlier than the rest of your household, go straight downstairs, take a large drink of water and just get started, no questions or faffing. Once you get started, if it is the right project you will get absorbed and often produce your very greatest life work. This is a sacred hour which must be carved out and protected at all costs. Yes, that includes a relaxing evening and early to bed the night before.

4) Random Acts of Kindness – RAKs have been shown to massively boost our sense of well being. You don’t have to save a village from starvation in order to achieve this. Simply writing a note or making a call to an isolated elderly great aunt to let her know that someone cares is sufficient to provide happiness to both you and her. When you reach out beyond yourself you start to fulfil higher level spiritual human needs such as the need to contribute that work naturally towards fulfilling some more base level ones like the need for significance. If you were to try it the other way around and aim to be significant you would probably end up in a greater stupor of depression than before.

5) Grow – When we speak about the highest level human needs that organically fulfil all the others there are really only two – Growth and Giving. Find a way to grow every day. Order 3 books online today that are recommended for personal or professional growth. Make sure you always have a steady supply chain of new, stimulating and healthy materials for your mind to consume. If you do not then you will naturally absorb the negativity and corrosive material from the likes of the news channels and street gossip.

‘Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people’ – Eleanor Roosevelt

Switch from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset. The former festers stagnancy, deterioration and depression while the later fosters fulfilment, happiness and greatness. The moment we let a failure or a success define who we are is the moment we start moving backwards. Instead see each day as an opportunity to expand yourself beyond the realms you ever thought possible – one step at a time, one new book at a time, one new idea at a time.

Some books I have read have completely transformed my life. Here are two of them:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The Power of Now

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Which of the above methods work best for you?  

  1. Smile
  2. Exercise
  3. Fulfilment First
  4. Random Acts of Kindness
  5. Grow

Please comment below, THANKS!

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10 Comments

  • yidi weisz

    Reply Reply September 2, 2018

    WHAT A LOVELY SHANA TOVA RECIPE!

    BLESSINGS FROM HASHEM IN ABUNDANCE TO YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY AND DISCIPLES

    • David Citron

      Reply Reply September 3, 2018

      Thanks Yidi! Always great to hear from you on the blog. Wishing you and your family the same and more.

  • Mordche

    Reply Reply September 3, 2018

    will start with the no 1: smile!
    yes at the moment i`m missing it
    thanks for sharing these valuable info
    and may you have a blessed year together with all of us!
    keep up

    • David Citron

      Reply Reply September 3, 2018

      Thank you Mordche, enjoy smiling through your year ahead!

  • Batya

    Reply Reply September 4, 2018

    B”H start the day with acknowledging the gift of a new day and the gift of consciousness. Thanks for waking up; thanks for daylight; thanks for time to take action and to learn new things.

    • David Citron

      Reply Reply September 4, 2018

      Thank you Batya! The attitude of gratitude is a SUPERB addition to the rest and one which makes such a difference.

  • LEC

    Reply Reply September 4, 2018

    Excellent David!Just the sort of thing that is applicable to this time of year.I am downloading it so that I can constantly remind myself of all the ways to lift depression.
    Keep up the good work!

    • David Citron

      Reply Reply September 4, 2018

      Thanks so much LEC! So pleased it has resonated with you and hope it helps you happily achieve your full potential in the coming year.

  • Walter

    Reply Reply September 27, 2018

    Fullfillment first is the best way to pump yourself into a upbeat mode and superb day start. I his book “Eat that Frog” Brian Tracy talks about the importance of starting the day on a high note by making a meaninfull contribution to one of your tasks or projects. Later on you can use that positive momentum to carry you onto higher subsequent achievement.

    • David Citron

      Reply Reply September 27, 2018

      Thanks Walter. LOVE Eat that Frog – highly recommend to everyone https://amzn.to/2R3PgAj
      Great to have you reading the blog

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