Slumps are healthy.

Slumps are healthy. Not the posture kind. If you’re anything like me you’ll have many interests and hobbies. A slump is when you don’t do that thing for a period of time, for example a reading slump would be when you haven’t finished or picked up a book in longer than you usually would. You can’t do everything all the time, there are only so many hours in the day.

I drummed for at least ten minutes (some days for hours) everyday 163 days in a row last year and that certainly made me a better drummer. But while I was doing that other interests I have had to take a back seat.

When I get really into a certain video game I might not read for ages but that doesn’t mean I’ll never read again! When I’m reading a lot I’m probably not writing a lot. All these things go in waves, sometimes I’ll be doing lots of things all at once and other times I’ll be doing one thing all the time.

I haven’t drummed in a while and I feel sad and slightly guilty about that but I shouldn’t and I remind myself not to. I haven’t had the time and when I have sat down to drum I’ve been thinking about other things I could be doing and haven’t been involved. Soon I’m sure I will drum a lot more and will most likely be happier and more enthusiastic for the break I’ve had. In the meantime I’m doing a lot of exercise, playing a lot of Pokémon Go, writing and reading more, sorting out plans for the future, studying, watching a lot of brilliant TV shows and hanging out with friends and family. The drums won’t go anyway and neither will the other interests that have taken a back seat while my love for Pokémon Go flourishes.

If you haven’t done something in a while and are feeling down about it think about all the things you’ve been doing in place of that. Slumps are healthy and you’ll most likely get out of it soon.

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  1. I often find that when I let something rest for a while and come back to it I discover new insights or realise I’ve got the hang of some aspect that was previously causing me difficulty. Sometimes that ‘slump’ can be followed by massive leaps forward we weren’t expecting. Interesting how the brain works!

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