Dealing with the Bad Days
Everyone has a bad day. Some have a bad week. Or even a bad month. And we understand. It is difficult to do work, and at times, it’s difficult to even get out of bed. It happens, even to the best of us. Guilty as charged.
See, I could tell you that motivation will find you eventually, or I could tell you what you don’t want to hear, and that is that you have to grab motivation by the horns and... Just. Do. It. I know, easier said than done.
But start slowly, start with getting up. Find a mantra. Chant it over and over and over. Sometimes, the urgency is enough. The deadline is tomorrow and that’s when you’re at your desk, actually doing it.
But what if it’s not enough? Don’t jump straight into it. Start slow, work your way up. It does get easier, even if it doesn’t feel like that in the beginning. Do a little bit a day, and eventually, it will feel as easy as breathing. If you start a habit of sitting at your desk and getting what you can done, it will be tough to break, even on the darkest days. In fact, you’ll probably feel grateful
for a routine like that to distract you.
The key is to remember that you’re doing this for a reason. There’s always an end goal. And it’s insane, but the path to get there means reading that book or revising for that exam. Sometimes, those dark days means you lose sight of that goal. And it might be 4pm on a spring day, but for some reason, it’s totally dark. Don’t wallow. Again, guilty as charged. Pull yourself up. Chant that little mantra. Pulling yourself up tends to be the hardest part, but as soon as you’ve done something you don’t want to do, even as little as getting up, your brain goes through that sequence of, ‘what now?’ until you’re at your desk.
I make it sound easy. We all know it’s not. But we’ve all been there, and we’ve all shouldered through. And it’s common sense, but you can’t have the good days without the bad. So it’s okay to do a little less on those bad days. There will always be tomorrow.