They say the only thing you can count on in life is change but I think states of funk are pretty reliable too. You know, those times when you have a to-do list piling up but you don’t have the strength to lift a finger. Or the times when you you’re in deep pain and spend your days staring at the ceiling. Or the times when you sit in your car for an extra five or 10 minutes because you don’t have the motivation to do even the things you want to do. Trust me, I’ve been there … more often than I’d like to admit.
But hey, this happens to everyone for many different reasons. I’m not a professional so I can’t speak to any medical reasoning behind the blues, depression, seasons of funk or whatever you want to call it, but I do want to share some things that have helped me rise above the clouds.
7 Ways to Get Out of a Funk
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I got into meditation about a year or two ago and man, it is incredible what a few minutes of sitting down with yourself can do. I think of meditation as a mental reset that allows you to feel more focused and less anxious. The clarity is real!
I swear by the Calm app but Headspace is another popular one. The apps feature guided meditations that effectively reduce your stress by helping you observe all the thoughts in your head instead of trying to do something or feel something in response to them all.
It won’t be the easiest thing to do at first since you’ll get distracted pretty easily, but it gets better over time. Promise!
Will you join me in setting a goal of meditating for five or 10 minutes a day? Sign up for a free, 7-day Calm trial, here.
Like meditation, practicing gratitude helps put life into perspective, helping you realize life’s not all bad.
Oxygen. Time. Family. Shelter. Health. Employment. Are you taking these for granted? See if you can come up with an easy way to keep gratitude top of mind. Whether it’s writing a list on your bathroom mirror or keeping a photo at your desk, these little things will remind you of the importance of the little things.
Another great way to practice gratitude is by keeping a journal. My friend recently gave me this gratitude journal that has been super helpful for me. It not only has sections in which to record things for which you’re grateful, it also challenges you to put your gratitude into action. Definitely check it out!
How about another cliché? They say what you now have is what you once prayed for. So be grateful for all you have and you’ll receive even more for which to be grateful!
You knew I was going to say it, didn’t you? Believe it or not, exercise gives you *more* energy. It make take you hours to drag yourself to the gym but you’ll always be glad you did. I usually mix things up and do a mix of weight training (like a great shoulder workout) and cardio (mostly running).
My current running motivation is an app called called Vi Trainer that uses AI to cater its workout to your body. It’s pretty interesting and it really gives me the push I need to become a better runner. (You can get a free 14-day trial here.)
You’ve only got one body and it needs you to take care of it. How can we expect our bodies to do everything they’re supposed to do (sans funk) if we don’t get them what they need? Which leads to my next point …
Drink more of it. Simple enough, huh? Our bodies are around 60% water so we kind of need it to function. I’m shooting for a gallon a day but many people set a goal of half their body weight in ounces. There are a myriad of benefits to drinking water, including clearer skin, faster metabolism and weight loss.
Need more motivation? Treat yourself to this gorgeous Unicorn Magic Corkcicle that will keep your water ice cold.
You don’t have to be an essential oil expert to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. I bought this diffuser and an essential oils starter kit from Amazon and I feel like I’m at the spa every time I use them. Lavender and peppermint are my two faves.
Don’t knock it til you try it (at least two or three times). It’s amazing what talking to an unbiased third party about your life can do. I’ve lost count of all the “aha” moments that have occurred during sessions – these professionals just know how to call out your blind spots and provide you with the tools to become your best self. Becoming aware of who you are and why you are the way you are can lead to huge breakthroughs. Give it a shot and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Kick that funk!
Note: Most employers include EAP (Employee Assistance Program) as part of their benefits package. If your employer does, you probably qualify for three *free* sessions with a therapist. You seriously have nothing to lose.
If you’re tired of living the same boring day over and over again, book something amazing that you can look forward to. What’s that for me? You guessed it … TRAVEL! I don’t know what to do with myself if I don’t have a trip planned in the near future (like right now but that’s beside the point).
This may be different for you though. Other exciting things to look forward to include concerts, plays, date nights, conferences, an acro-yoga class … you get the gist.
I truly hope you’ve found these tips helpful and I look forward to hearing your results! Did I miss one of your favorite ways to kick a funk? Let me know in the comments below.
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