I’m in a bit of a chatty mood today and I just felt the need to share this phase of my life with you guys. I started 2017 with a lot of motivation to work and do new things, but somehow that drive to create new content, that passion I once had for my blog and YouTube channel, unknowingly faded away. I was in a stagnant state of mind. Procrastinating for months. Part of the reason for this change was personal ups and downs, but I realised that the negativity on social media and the pressure of taking this up as a full time career was getting to me. I’ll probably elaborate more on this later though.
I’ve been feeling the motivation slowly coming back, and I woke up this morning, with this sudden urge to get back in my game. And that’s exactly why you’re reading this post. We all grow. Be it in our personal or professional lives. And at some point, we’re all bound to feel that stagnancy. In case you’re going through something like this, or you feel that you can relate to this somehow, here’s a few things that helped me get through my stagnant phase :
– Identifying and accepting the change
It took me a while to realise I was actually going through stagnancy. As someone who doesn’t have a 9 to 5 job, being my own boss means I have to reflect on my progress and work from time to time. I’ve realised how important self-reflection is. It helped me identify where I was going wrong. Even though it took me the longest time to get out of this phase, the entire process began with being aware of the problem. Whether it’s someone else pointing it out, or you figuring it out on your own, don’t forget to just take some time off and just think. We’re not all thinkers, I know, but you cannot imagine the difference it can make sometimes.
– Figure out why it’s happening
You’re obviously feeling uninspired for a reason. Maybe your job, or something that you once loved doing, isn’t exciting you anymore. Maybe your personal life isn’t going too well. Maybe what once was your goal, isn’t anymore. Maybe it’s something else altogether. Sometimes talking to a third person can help you figure out why you’re procrastinating. Identifying the root has got to be your first step towards getting rid of the problem.
– Plan a solution
Nothing in life is unsolvable. There’s always a solution. Even if it’s something you may not want to do, but you know is right, work towards getting better. Don’t think of the bigger picture, just start with a small step. Take it one step at a time, just start somewhere and work your way through your problem. It took me months to do it, but today I can finally say that I managed to get through some really tough times recently, and I couldn’t be in a better space right now.
– Take a break
This is probably something the whole world tells us to do, but we don’t always listen. Given the fast paced lives we’re living, I cannot emphasise how important it is to just take some time off sometimes. Be it a break in the form of a holiday, or just cutting off from work, the internet, or social media. It makes the world of a difference to your state of mind, and you’ll actually come back feeling a lot more energised, motivated and relaxed.
– Forget about what others think and say
This is probably the most important point. I’ve grown up living my life for those around me, rather than myself. I’d go through trouble myself, trying to make things easier for others. I would do things according to what others would think of me. Society isn’t the most positive place, and most of us tend to be quite judgemental from time to time. The moment we let the opinion of others influence our actions, that’s where it all starts going downhill. I’ve learnt the hard way. If you’re anything like me, you’re in for trouble haha. Stop letting anyone’s outlook have any kind of power over the things you do, and you’ll be so much happier in life.
I plan on using this platform to not only share things related to fashion, beauty and travel, but also indulge in a little reflection and life related topics from time to time. If there’s anything you’d like to share that could help someone else reading this, you can always leave a comment below.
These images are part of an impromptu shoot that took place at Alchemy, a bed & breakfast apartment in Mumbai that we shot at recently. I happened to be wearing an outfit that complemented this interesting wall, and since I loved the final outcome, I decided to share the shots here with you. I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and are having a great weekend!
Dress – Forever 21; Shoes – Missguided