Feeling down in the dumps, or in a bit of a rut? We can all get like that from time to time. Here are five things that might be getting you down, and what you can do about them.
You’re unhappy with where you live
Home is where the heart is, it should be a place you retreat to at the end of each day feeling cosy, comfortable and relaxed. If you don’t get those kinds of feelings when you walk through the door, why not do something about it? Maybe you need to look into moving house, or perhaps you just need to improve what you already have. A lick of paint, some new decor and a rearrange of the layout could be all you need to make a huge difference and feel happy about where you’re living. Make it cosy and inviting, somewhere you love spending time alone as well as hosting friends.
You’re not making progress in your career
Are you stuck in a rut with your career? Maybe you took your current job as a stop gap but have been there for years, or maybe you hoped you’d make more progress than you have. Have a think about where you are now and where you want to be, and then what the next logical steps are. Will you need to do some voluntary work? Take a course and improve your education? Maybe just a chat with your boss. Work is important as most of us spend a huge proportion of our lives in the workplace. If you’re not happy there, you can’t expect to be happy in the rest of your life too.
Your relationship is no longer good for you
It’s hard when a relationship starts to fail. The two of you might have been so good together once, but now you barely see eye to eye. If you’re arguing more or becoming distant and the relationship no longer fulfils you, it could be time to call it quits. It’s not to say you should just give up without trying, but if you’ve done what you can and it still doesn’t work, breaking up can give you the freedom to go and get on with your life and make a new start. Look into relationship or divorce support groups if you need some extra help going about it.
You don’t have a good support network
Just like we can grow apart from our significant other, we can also grow apart from friends too. You don’t have to have everything in common to be great friends, but sometimes you just find yourself on separate paths. It can be hard to make new friends as an adult, but do put yourself out there. Join meetup groups, go to social events where you might meet new people and generally put yourself out there. Having friends that truly understand us can make our lives better in so many ways.
You’re not looking after yourself physically
If you’re not looking after yourself physically then it’s easy to get into a slump. Late nights and early mornings, too much caffeine, eating junk food and going overboard on the alcohol are all examples. Look after your body, and your mind will follow.