7 Tools To Help You Manage Stress When You’re Sluggish

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How Do You Manage Stress When You’re Feeling Sluggish?

how to manage stress when you're sluggish imageYou know that feeling.
When you feel too tired to do anything but rest and relax. It might even be tough to make it out of bed in the morning. You don’t want to do anything, regardless of the to-do list that’s long enough to wrap around continent.

Sure, thinking the right types of thoughts will help you, but if you’re feeling like “you’ve got the blues”, then it’s an uphill battle. Looking for new ways to manage stress effectively is really important at times like these.

I often feel these lethargic moments of sluggishness and fatigue on Mondays. But have you noticed that even a hump-day Wednesday can bring on those feelings of being out of sync with strong energy levels? Recently, I discovered a few tools that really helped.

These tools are designed to get you out of the dumps and back into a more optimistic, energetic view of your week.

How To Manage The Stress of Sluggishness: 7 Tools

1. Take Baby Steps

how to manage stress when you're sluggish image Accepting that you feel sluggish or have the blues means accepting the way that these facts change your approach to your duties. By deciding that you’re going to take it a little easier with smaller steps, you can allow yourself the time you need to recharge your batteries into more action.

You also protect yourself from expecting too much of yourself until your energy and performance levels are back up to par.

2. Communicate Your Feelings

This is a time when it’s particularly important to remember that those around you do not read your mind. If they’re used to seeing you take on bundles of tasks with vivacious vitality, then they’ve probably come to expect you to be that way most of the time.

Let them know from the start that your energy levels are a bit down and that you’ll be moving at a different pace.

3. Discipline Your Focus To View Good Points

No matter how difficult it might be when you’re down, really discipline yourself to come up with good things you like about yourself and your life. Feeling the blues can easily lead to a spiral flow of downhill energy and the best way to prevent that is to change your view.

A good exercise is to take 10 seconds to come up with 10 things you like in your life. You owe it to yourself to try.

4. Give Yourself Permission To Be Sluggish

how to manage stress when you're sluggish image Knowing that you are dealing with a temporary state of mind, not a permanent one, let yourself be you. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Pat yourself on the back for being honest with yourself about not feeling 100%.

Give yourself credit for every good effort you are putting in to get yourself out of the dumps. Just realizing that it’s ok, will take a lot of pressure off your shoulders to change. And that makes it easier to change. (ironic, but true)

5. Laugh at yourself

This is truly a great way to get the ball rolling in the right direction! Laughter therapy is a great way to heal whatever ails you and works wonders for blue moods. It’s also been linked with great physical exercise because of all of the muscles it works, not to mention all of the “feel good” hormones it releases.

If laughing isn’t so easy, start with a chuckle, if chuckling doesn’t come easy, start with a smile. (see the TED Talks video on this page for more details on what even a simple smile actually does for you!) The important thing is to just get started in the right direction.

6. Stay As Far Away From Drama As A Vampire From Garlic

Gossip, drama, busy body-ing……all of it takes an incredible amount of energy. It basically drains and weighs on you heavily. When you’re feeling down, you really need all of the good energy you can get so it’s no time to let the drama sap it out of your system.

Treat those situations the way you would treat a badly infectious, contagious disease….go the other way, and stay away.

7. Hold Off On New Commitments

Feeling in the dumps is not the best time to take on new tasks. Even if you’ve always been the one to plan the company picnic or Fridays have always been the night you meet with the guys for the game, give yourself 24 hours to reflect before you take on routine commitments and new commitments as well.

The last thing you need is to feel overwhelmed. But if you take on more commitments when you’re already feeling sluggish, it can make even fun things seem like a chore.

Manage Stress Effectively To Get Over The Hump


how to manage stress when you're sluggish image These are all good tools to remember when exploring how to manage stress effectively, especially when you might tend to do things out of habit, like most of us.

Rarely do we take the time to sit down and re evaluate the duties we’ve had and how we’ve carried them out, so whether it’s the Monday morning blues or a yearning for spring, we tend to keep a lot of habits and view them as normal.

These tools will help you to review those habits because chances are, you’ve grown and changed since you first made them.

What do you do when you get in the dumps? Share it with us in the comments!

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49 Comments.

  1. i think the information on this subject is still very scarce on the internet.

    • You know what Ariadne? I believe you are absolutely right! That’s also why I have another article coming up which addresses issues related to this type of sluggishness, so I hope that can be helpful to you, too. Thanks for your keen observation and feedback!

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  3. the shared info is pretty helpful for professionals. thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Bernardete! I know it’s tough to feel sluggish and still have to deal with all of your professional obligations, but I’m glad these tools can help lighten that up. I have another article coming out within the next 7 days which will go into more details of what you can do during this sluggish time to get the pep back in your step, so I hope you’ll get some pointers there too. Wishing you the best, Kim

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  10. nice post…i’m going to try these.

    • Thanks for your feedback and good luck with your application of these tools! Let me know how it works out for you!

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