So it has been a minute since I last posted. Part of this is that I am shifting away from posting as regularly, but the biggest reason for my digital silence has been the fact that I’ve been in a bit of a slump.
And it can feel uncomfortable to try to get back into the swing of things after a slump. You don’t want to overdo it and push yourself back into a dark place, but you also know how important it is to get back to a routine. Ultimately, we are the only ones who can answer that question and find that balance.
For me, this most recent slump has been particularly strange. Typically, my depressions are knock-down events that make it hard to even get out of bed. During this most recent depression, and its corresponding slump, I was able to go about my day, but just felt a lack of energy, a lack of motivation to do more than the bare minimum. I noticed my productivity slipping, but didn’t tie that to my depression.
Part of bouncing back after a slump is recognizing the slump for what it is. For me, this came when I started coming out of the depression and started seeing how much I had been slipping. And from there I needed to learn from my slump. Being mindful of my feelings has always been a part of my recovery, and recognizing that I had let that slip as well was an important lesson I’ve taken away from this most recent slump.
We all fall down. We all go through slumps. Recovery is about bouncing back from those slumps, learning from them, and coming out the other side stronger. That is where I hope I am today, and where I am confident you can be too.