How to get out of a funk

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I have been in a funk for a few weeks, but I didn’t realize it until today when I decided to be honest with myself. Sometimes, we don’t necessarily believe we are in a funk because we go with the motions to avoid it. That’s exactly what I was doing…avoiding it.

Here’s where my funk began.

Normally, I love August because I can count down the days until I move back to school. This year, I didn’t get to do that because I graduated. Now, I’m finishing grad school at home while working, which is a completely new concept and atmosphere for me.

I realized I won’t be with my friends all year, and I won’t get to be a student in a community I loved. This is how I knew I was in a funk—I didn’t want to go to work, I didn’t want to blog, I didn’t want to workout or do anything else I normally loved. I was unnecessarily angry, negative and unhappy.

So, whether you’re in a funk because of a life-changing situation or not, I want to help guide you to getting out of that funk you’re in right now. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Be in the funk:

Let yourself be sad over a breakup or because you lost your job. Cry to your mom about it over the phone, binge out on pizza, cake and Chinese food, watch a sad movie and keep crying. Be upset and angry, but only for a little bit. Then, it’s time to pick yourself up and get back on track.

Treat yourself:

We carry our issues in our tissues is a true saying. When we are stressed, it affects our bodies. You might feel tension in your neck, or can’t sleep at night due to pain. Soak in a bath of epsom salts twice a month or get a massage. Visit a chiropractor and get your body back to normal again.

Do something crazy:

Cut your hair, move out of your apartment, or go on a road trip over the weekend. Do something out of your comfort zone. Why? It helps boost your confidence and can help when dealing with personal issues. You’ll feel exhilarated and experience a new sense of resilience.

Revamp your daily routine:

Sometimes, we need change to get ourselves out of a funk. If you sleep in until 9 a.m., try waking up at 7:30 and begin the day with a walk. Instead of being productive after dinner, be productive in the morning. A change in your routine will refocus your energy.

Seek help when necessary:

Surround yourself with people you love and you’ll naturally lift your spirits. Allow your loved ones to help you. Sometimes, we feel lonely in a funk and we need people to remind us that we are loved and appreciated. Seek reassurance from friends, your spouse or family for love and support.

Get out and try something new:

Research shows volunteering can help you out of a funk and boost your mood altogether. Giving back to your community can help with your happiness. If you don’t have a local cause you can give time to, try picking up a new hobby like blogging or join a book club.

#NoShame:

We are only human. It’s okay to feel “off” once in awhile. What matter most is that you realize when you are in a funk and that you plan to help yourself get out of that funk. Never fell guilty for feeling a certain way. Now, it’s time to get out of your funk!

Have you recently been in a funk? What tips help you get back to normal? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • love this post! I definitely go through some rough patches and then come out with a new haircut, tattoo or something. I feel like making any sort of change on myself is so refreshing after feeling so bummy!

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Exactly. Sometimes, I don’t even need to get dye my hair red or get a tattoo, sometimes I read a new genre of a book, cook myself a foreign dish or try something completely out of my comfort zone. It does help give you some confidence and perspective on changes in life. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • I have been in funks more often this past year due to my health crashing and burning. but realizing i was in one each time, helped so much. sometimes just telling my husband would help! Since i can’t ‘get out’, i started writing (and blogging) more, picked up crochet and started checking in on friends i hadn’t talked to in a while. Funks are okay, we just can’t live our lives forever in one.

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      YES! It’s great to hear that people know it’s okay to have a funk. It’s all about understanding when you’re in one, why you’re in it, etc. Reaching out for support is a great way and picking up new hobbies can help you throughout the process. So sorry to hear about your health, but I’m sending my sincerest wishes to you for better health. Thanks for sharing your personal experience in your comment!

  • I completely agree that there’s no obligation to feel happy all the time; our emotions go up and down with the seasons, and that’s ok! Thanks for sharing these tips though– I’ll save them for when I’m walking through a slump. 🙂

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Thanks so much for your comment! And I completely agree–we, as humans, sometimes feel forced to be happy all the time. This isn’t how it should be. It’s okay to work through the bad times and allow yourself time to feel unhappy, confused, etc. Thanks for this insight.

  • big changes always scare me and tend to put me in a temporary funk. The best way I try to work through it is by chilling out, binge watching my favorite show, book or movie, listening to music and writing in my journal, working out, trying a new makeup look, or even just trying a new fitness class or recipe. Anything to make myself feel revitalized. It doesn’t always work, but it’s trial and error. you’ll get through your funk soon xoxo

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Thanks so much for your ideas and words of encouragement. It’s not always about finding the right way to “help you” out of the funks, but doing things to help you cope along the way. Thanks for your comment!