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Get Past your Slump! Positive Emotions that Can Help you Thrive


Get Past your Slump! Positive Emotions that Can Help you Thrive


Things happen.

And you fall deep into a kind of ‘hole‘. You feel down, bored, stuck in your routine and demotivated.

Along with these come emotions like negativity, feeling blue, frustration and confusion.

If only it were so easy to stay positive and motivated all the time. If only!

Even a single thought of positive change seem far beyond reach and too much for you to consider. But it’s not impossible.

Because change begins with YOU.

”Verily, Allah does not change the condition of people until they change what is within themselves.” (Ar-Ra`d 13:11)

The first thing you need to know about getting past your slump is that Allah (swt) created you and your emotions. When you connect to Him with pure devotion and intention, your positivty levels will increase.

The second thing is that continuous self learning, growth & development can empower you to an optimal level. Without such beneficial change, your mind, body and soul face a threat of stagnation and decay. They could easily become infected by negative ideologies and overwhelming worldly desires.

You could lose your focus, motivation & connection to a superior higher purpose – the purpose for which you were created. This purpose is fulfilled by striving in a steady and consistent manner in all of your affairs.

Day by day.

Hour by hour.

So what emotions can help you thrive and flourish, moving you out of that unavoidable slump? Here are 6 positive emotions that can help you generate positivity, rebuild your energy and restore your sense of higher purpose.

1. Attachment

Spiritual attachment is superior to other forms of attachment. Whatever situation you find yourself, irrespective of your needs, worldly status or wealth, always attach your soul to Allah (swt).

Attachment of your soul to it’s Creator will serve as much needed nutrition for the soul. You need Him always. If you feel lost or distant from Him, then find your way back to Him. Don’t cut yourself away from Him deliberately.

Attaching yourself to Allah (swt) is a comforting & fulfilling type of attachment not an emotionally sickening type.

2. Awe

Of Allah (swt) and His Greatness. He is the Provider, the One without need and the Ever Living.

He is the First and the Last.

He is the Granter of security, The Bestower of peace, The Bestower of form and The Knower of subtleties.

He is the All-Knowing, The All-Hearing and The All-Seeing and The All-Aware.

He is the All-Sufficient and The Disposer of your Affairs.

3. Hope

Always have hope in the Mercy of Allah (swt). Seek His forgiveness and repent unto Him. He will respond to you and He will reward you.

Put your hope in your Creator and not in His creations as you work hard for success in this world and the next.

Remember this life is a test upon test upon test. And Allah (swt) says,

”For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.”

Such were Qur’an stories to help you overcome demotivation. Prophet Adam (as) was tested. So was Yaqub(as) and Musa (as) and Yusuf (as).

The best of mankind, our model and beloved prophet Muhammad (saw) was also tested. He experienced good and bad times. But He always had hope and kept striving for success – Jannah, till his last breadth.

4. Gratitude

”Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? (Ar-Rahman 55:13) 

Reflect and give thanks for the countless blessings and bounties given to you by Allah (swt).

You can practice gratitude on a higher level by using a positivity journal.

Practice gratitude through your thoughts, words and actions.

5. Tranquillity

Peace and tranquility comes from truly knowing Allah (swt).

”Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” (Ar-Ra’d 13:28)

Strive to remove the distractions and impurities from your life, so you can focus on Allah (swt) with a pure and tranquil heart. You can achieve tranquility in many ways.

Some of these are by attaining khushoo in Salah and by bringing the Qur’an close to your heart.

Rest, comfort, serenity and contentment comes from consciously tuning-in to Allah (swt) with your mind, body and soul.

6. Love of Allah (swt) and His Rasul (saw)

Have a longing and affection for Allah (swt). And manifest this love such that you try to avoid anything that will dampen or corrupt it.

Your simple formula? Love His Rasul and follow his sunnah.

Remember: Stay attached to Allah (swt) through consciousness of Him, remembrance & constant purification of intention. Whatever you do, do it for His Pleasure. Turn all of your acts into worship to earn His pleasure.

Reflect constantly on His Greatness. Have hope in Him. Seek and practice gratitude constantly. Seek tranquillity by submitting to Him. And find comfort in loving Him and His Rasul more than anyone or anything.

In what other ways do you get past your slump?


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  1. Foz November 23, 2015

    JazakAllah khair for this article! It came at the right time for me as been feeling a bit demotivated and in a ‘hole’

    1. Amina Edota November 24, 2015

      Wa iyyaki. I hope you are able to get out real soon insha Allah.

  2. Weronika Ozpolat November 22, 2015

    A very interesting and thought-provoking read. I need to try and feel these positive emotions more. I think it will be very beneficial.

    1. Amina Edota November 24, 2015

      Yes dear sister… try to make it a habit. It is so easy to let the negative emotions take over our lives.

  3. Umme Hafsa November 22, 2015

    The second point about continuous learning made a huge impact in my life. When I’m learning/reading daily I find that I’m much focused and on purpose. The emotions of awe and gratitude are incredible emotions. Those two really hit home for me. Great and beneficial article!

    1. Amina Edota November 24, 2015

      Reading and learning is really transformational, isn’t it? No wonder our Islamic teaching emphasizes on seeking knowledge.


  4. Myda Tahir November 19, 2015

    Asalamoalikum Amina,
    Waking up early also fills you with positivity. Doing these small acts of greatness are worth for the long run.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Eat Healthy Stay Healthy 🙂

    Myda Tahir

    1. Amina Edota November 20, 2015

      Wa alaylum salaam wa Rahmatullah Sr. Myda,

      Alhamdulillah for Islam that gives us a blessed reason to wake up early every single day. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  5. asma November 19, 2015

    Definitely agree with you <3

    1. Amina Edota November 20, 2015

      Baarakallahu feek dear sister.

  6. Ummbilal November 19, 2015

    Listening to awe inspiring lectures too could help.

    1. Amina Edota November 20, 2015

      When I have the time, I love listening to lectures. Especially those in-depth series that cover a great topic.

  7. JazakAllahu khairan for this wonderful reminder.

    1. Amina Edota November 20, 2015

      Wa iyyaki. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  8. Asma Muzammil November 14, 2015

    Assalaamu alaikum. We can also get past slump by reading islamic books and doing dhikr.

    1. Amina Edota November 16, 2015

      Wa alaykum salaam Asma,

      Yes, definitely. Reading beneficial books and engagaing in dhikr will boost our positive emotions to great levels – Alhamdulillah.

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