I am currently discouraged because I haven’t been able to practice much, due to an extended illness. All I know to do is try to put it out of my thoughts and focus on the present. If I allow myself to be sidelined by discouragement, I’ll never get anywhere. I can see myself playing in a zen state in my head and, focusing on that when I am in a deep slump and focusing on the present doesn’t help, I can at least go on. Taking a short break of a few days when it gets too bad helps as well.