My boyfriend has noticed it, my family has noticed it, and now I’ve noticed it. I’ve been in a funk, a rut, a self-loathing coma, and it’s time to snap out of it. Tomorrow is a new day and I don’t want this funk to take over it. I can’t call up my magical genie to take away the funk; it’s all up to me. When I’m in a funk-mood, I typically stay to myself. I’m short with conversations, I listen to folk-pop bands, watch an excessive amount of indie films, and read a lot of books. I fall asleep before most seven year olds and wake up at the ass-crack of dawn. I make coffee, think about hiking the Alps, which I would never do, and then paint canvas. Repeat. I’m sure they’re worse things I could do in a funk, but it just feels like a big cloud over my head all day long. I’m sure a lot of you already know that I used to be on anxiety/depression medicine, and I’ve found many healthy ways to cope and always look at the positive without it, but being happy all the time doesn’t work. Tonight, I found myself staring at my computer screen for a good 45 minutes while resting my open eyes, deep in thought. I don’t even know what I was thinking about, and then realized it’s time to get out of this funk. The best way to start any goal is to make a game plan, and that’s what I’m about to do!
- Figure Out The Base Issue:
Before you can fix anything, you have to find out what it is you need to fix. Figure out what’s bringing you down or what you’re missing. Maybe it’s someone, maybe it’s you, your environment, and scenery or maybe it’s your job. Figure it out and try to fix it.
This seems like the answer to all problems, and it kind of is. When I’m in a funk or upset, going out on a walk helps me clear my head while getting some fresh air and sunshine. It releases all types of feel-good chemicals in your body, it gives you confidence, and controls anxiety. Whenever I have anxiety, I blow it all off by going for a good run.
- Eat Healthy
Eating healthy is another one that seems to solve all problems. Depression and anxiety can be caused by a lack of vitamins or special nutrient that your body needs to function. The brain usually operates the funk, and so eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help brain activity. Eating vitamin D, and protein also helps with mood. Eating healthy makes you feel better, which makes your mood light and happy.
- Do something you love
Maybe you’re not doing enough of the things you love. Sometimes if life gets busy and we push our hobbies aside, we don’t feel complete. If you love writing, running, or baking, try to make time for those things. We can’t let work, or worries get in the way of the things we love doing. We only get one chance to live here on earth.
If you’re not getting enjoy sleep, it can really affect your mood. Not sleeping enough can make you hungrier throughout the day, grumpy, or sluggish. There are so many health issues that are sprouted from a lack of sleep. Sleep more!
- Get Inspired
Maybe you’re in a funk because you’ve lost sight of your goals. I like to read inspirational stories, documentaries, and inspire myself to focus on my dreams and goals. I also like to create new goals when I’m in a rut because it’s something new to focus on and get excited about.
- Friends & Family
If laughing isn’t a mood booster then I don’t know what is! Being alone can make that funk grow deeper. Get around people to pull you out of that funk. Be open minded and willing to have fun because if not, your funk will bring their moods down. It’s contagious, so laugh until your abs hurt.
- Give Back
Sometimes it takes seeing what we don’t have to make us feel better and or more fortunate. It might take a smile from someone we helped to make us feel better. There is nothing more humbling than volunteering and giving back. Start working at a soup kitchen, join big brothers big sisters, or donate to a food drive. We all need reality checks now and then.
- Forgive & Pray
Sometimes holding a grudge or being mad can put you in a funk. If someone said something to you that dug deep and hurt you, pull out all those mean and hurtful things and forgive. If you need help finding the courage to forgive, pray to God to guide you through. Pray that God can put you on a happier path. Give all your worries to God.
- Make a List
As conceited as it sounds, write down 25 awesome things about yourself. Sometimes we don’t hear it when people compliment us, and we forget how awesome we actually are. Recognizing how important, worthy, talented and awesome you are definitely brings up the mood!
- Want To Change
You can’t expect to fix a problem if you don’t want to. We are really good at lying to ourselves about our well being, but try to dig deep and be honest with yourself. Change is good, it’s healthy, and it builds a happier ending. If you like being in a funk, which I have no clue why anyone would, then you won’t be able to change.