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.
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.
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!