We’ve all been there. The awkward mid-point between starting a goal and finishing it. That moment where it feels like it’s dragging on because you’ve already got your mind set on that exciting next thing. Many people experience a similar phenomenon every year. It’s known as the mid-year slump.
The mid-year slump is a period of low motivation, energy, and productivity that occurs midway through the year. Many people experience the slump after a period of sustained work, stress, a change of season, or as a result of failing at their lofty new year’s resolutions.
Luckily, the mid-year slump can not just be overcome, but completely avoided altogether.
First and foremost, have a support system.
We’re often betrayed by our own thoughts. Feelings of inadequacy or fear can be completely paralysing. If you feel overwhelmed or stuck, seek out any resource that can help you. Turn to friends and family or speak to someone to get professional guidance.
Online resources, books, or even courses that help you develop new skills and strategies can also be invaluable.
Be kind to yourself.
A lot of people tend to push themselves too hard. Yes, going above and beyond can help you be successful, but it should never come at the cost of your physical and mental health. Doing too much without breaks in between can lead to burnout and exhaustion.
Short breaks, exercise, practicing mindfulness and meditation, or doing a hobby you love can help you recharge and get back to your true self.
Also, speak softly and kindly to yourself. A supportive and positive mindset can increase your motivation and self-esteem. Focus on your strengths and achievements.
Whether it’s setting goals at the start of the year, or finding ways to be productive throughout the year, it’s vital that you set realistic goals. It’s one of the most effective ways to avoid a mid-year slump.
Break down your goals into small, achievable tasks. Prioritise them in a way that makes the most sense to you. That’s the most important bit. It’s about working in a way that makes sense to you.
Track your progress and mark each completed task. Rewarding yourself with something small for completing a task is a great way to look forward to the next one.
Avoiding the mid-year slump is a mindful, considered, and logical process. It’s not about pushing yourself past your limits. It’s about working in a way that suits you best. Remember, being kind to yourself is always the first step toward changing the world.
The Bestmed Tempo Emotional Wellbeing Journey (EWJ) offers a wealth of resources to help you practice mindfulness, address and manage the emotions you may be experiencing, and maintain a healthy mental state. The EWJ is available via the Member portal or Bestmed App.