How to get out of a slump. How to get out of a slump. | Corinne Bowen

How to get out of a slump.

by Corinne on January 18, 2013

Sometimes when I face the reality of something, whether it’s a financial hurdle, a relationship challenge, or a job-related issue, it’s just plain depressing. It’s rare, but occasionally there’s this period of time when I go to a place so deep inside myself that all I feel is stuck, frustrated and hopeless. That’s when I know I need to take a step forward, speak up, call someone or start writing my thoughts on paper.

For me, that dark place inside doesn’t really hold much truth. It’s filled with voices that have been saying the same old negative things for decades. It’s close-minded, one-tracked and quite simply–a dead end. So, when I found myself sitting in the shadows once again, I knew I needed my friends, my family, the people I trust not to judge or criticize me. I needed them to be my sounding board. My reality check. And within 24 hours everything started to turn around.

One of my most trusted and loved friends reminded me to practice gratitude, which frankly I hadn’t been focusing on much in the past couple days. She reminded me of the riches present in my life. And as we talked more, that dark place inside me began to fill with light. My surroundings, in the present moment, seemed to come into focus. And I started to feel like everything was going to be okay.

The best part about practicing gratitude is the power that lies in a tiny moment. Here are the small moments that brought me back to the present this week. I’m eternally grateful to each one and especially to my friend who always shows me the way back home.

Curling up on the couch with my kiddo.

Baking peanut butter cookies on a whim.

Making green juice for my family.

Reading Daring Greatly during my lunch break.

Cooking with Audrey on a Saturday night. 

I hope that this might help you if you find yourself somewhere dim and need a little light.

❤,
Corinne

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cassie January 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Audrey’s jersey is just the best. ;) I did need a little light today, so thank you!

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2 Corinne January 31, 2013 at 8:01 am

You are so welcome. I hope that jersey is lucky this Sunday!

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3 Angie January 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Gratitude has helped me out of many dark places, thank-you for the reminder.

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4 Corinne January 31, 2013 at 8:01 am

We all need reminders! xo

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5 Dyan January 31, 2013 at 7:56 am

Just found your blog today at perfect timing too. I was having a shadow moment and this reminded me to get back to gratitude and how it can shift you into the light.

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6 Corinne January 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

I’m happy you found your way here. Your comment brightened my day :-)

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7 Jess February 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

Corinne, you speak truth! I experienced this just a few days ago. I fell into a slump somehow, feeling scarcity in every area of my life. I went on a walk in the rain, just the dog and me, and I was able to find some gentleness toward myself. I reminded myself to practice gratitude, to realize the abundance in my life, and by the end of the walk I was on the path to feeling better.
Gratitude is real medicine.

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8 Corinne February 12, 2013 at 7:13 am

Hey Jess! You made my day:) I’m so happy to hear that you were able to turn things around. It’s so worth it. xo

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