Let’s talk about being in a funk. Feeling stuck. Feeling depleted, unmotivated, lethargic, uninspired, unable.Everything is annoying. Nothing just flows. Everything takes effort. Nothing seems exciting. Life has this heavy feeling and a grey filter. Things are annoyingly difficult. Easy tasks take twice as long as normally. Productivity? What is that? It is the funk. It happens. It happens to the best of us. Sometimes it only lasts for a day, sometimes we find ourselves in a bigger and darker cloud. And before we notice a week or two have gone by and we are seeing problems instead of solutions, we focus on the negatives more than on the positives.
Good News! There are active steps that can take to help us get out of a funk. Without further ado, let’s get into the nitty and gritty details of what to do when everything just feels off.
Here they are, 7 things to do to get you out of a funk
- Reflect on the Funk, acknowledge it, and give yourself permission to be in a funk (for now). Beating yourself up about being in a bad mood, certainly won’t make the rainbows suddenly appear. For me it also helps, to write things down. It makes things clearer and often I realise where the roots of my particular funk lie. Even a bit of clarity can give a little bit of relief.
- Connect and talk about it with a friend you trust. This might seem like an obvious one, but it is so effective. It lifts the spirit and life, again, expands beyond this monotonous whole that you have found yourself in.
- Perform a random act of kindness. Divert your energy and focus from yourself and everything that is not going well on to something else for a moment. Choose someone, a stranger on the street, or a family member or friend, and lighten up their day. The possibilities are endless: Just a smile, a compliment, or a little thoughtful gift, It will surely brighten up their day. And the best thing about it; It is guaranteed to also make you feel better. Studies have shown that giving and
- Be honest with yourself and make an effort to avoid: Comparing, Competing, Criticizing and Complaining. Negative talk and negative thoughts will never make you feel better. No matter if it is directed at yourself or someone else. So, stay away from gossiping too! Where focus goes energy flows! (Maybe Link)
- Move your body (in any way, shape or form). It doesn’t matter fo you are super fit and in the gym 6 times a week or if you think the walk to the bus stop is more then enough exercise. It is proven that moving your body helps you get out of your head. I mean, we have all heard it a thousand times before, but I am going to say it one more time:
- Be grateful: Even, when it is hard. No, let’s rephrase that. Especially when it is hard. When things are difficult and you tend to see the negatives, and the problems, make a gratitude list. Lost things that are good in your life. Things you are thankful for- and shift your perspective!
- Set small, attainable goals: These can be as small as drinking 2 litres of waters today. Reading before bed. Going for a ten-minute walk for fresh air in the evening. What this does, is actually quite amazing. Our brain registers that we are setting and reaching goals, and you built momentum.
Funks do not las forever. And being in one does not mean you are failing, weak, or undisciplined. Funks are ok. Staying present and open minded is key.