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How to Pull Yourself Out of a Funk

I recently found myself in a bit of a funk. Not a full on depressive episode, but one of those periods of aimlessness that can slip into depression if I’m not careful. This time, I am determined not to backslide, so I’m trying all of my tricks. I know I’m not the only one who goes through funks, so I thought I would make a list of my favorite ways to pull myself back to the Land of the Living. 

  1. Go Outside.
    Or somewhere new. A change of environment can really help refresh your mood. It’s so easy for me to get stuck in the same place (i.e. my bed) and not want to get up, so I have to make an effort to force myself to get out. Going to the beach or the park is a great idea because you can ground yourself in nature, but it is still too hot for that to be an option over here, so I head to the mall or the nearest coffee shop to grab a decaf and read a book or get some work done. Invite a friend so you have to leave the house and meet them!
  2. Drink Lots and Lots of Water.
    Dehydration can really mess with you. The first thing I do when I’m feeling crappy is try to figure out how much water I’ve been drinking. Usually, it turns out that I haven’t been drinking enough. So I fill up one of my big bottles with cold water and get to sippin’. If you have a hard time getting enough water, try herbal teas, or infusing your water. I like to add a little mint to mine. Drinking water is such a small thing to do, and it always makes me feel like I’m doing something really good for my body.
  3. Meditate and Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
    Our bodies are so delicatlely balanced, the smallest things can throw them off. Your moods can be related to sleep, so make sure you are getting enough of it. I like to throw on a calming guided meditation and listen to it while I’m lying in bed to help me drift off into slumber. I usually wake up feeling much better and energized. 
  4. Clean and Declutter.
    I tend to let clutter build up when I’m in funk (that’s actually one of the signs that I’m depressed), so I get up off my ass and do some cleaning. I put on some fun music, light some incense and get to it! First I pick up any clothes and shoes on the floor and put them away, then I pick up any trash or recycling. Doing these two things make a big difference in how the room looks and that motivates me to do even more. Studies have shown that clutter can affect your mood, and I know that I always feel much more energized after a good cleaning. 
  5. Get a Bright Manicure.
    I am super into treating myself in general, but a shiny, bright manicure has an almost magically uplifting effect on me. If you’re on a budget (I almost always am!), skip the salon mani and give yourself an at-home manicure with your favorite polish. I actually keep a few bright shades around just for this. 
  6.  Revisit Your Goals.
    I recently started to make lists of the goals I want to achieve. This comes in super handy when I’m in a funk and don’t feel like doing anything because I can read one and it reminds me of all of the things that I want to do and gets me all excited again. 
  7. Do Some Exercise.
    You know what they say about exercise; it boosts your feel-good hormones and perks you right up. Try a new class, a lot of places will let you try your first class for free! You don’t even have to work up a crazy sweat, I find that following a gentle yin yoga video on YouTube makes me feel great and like I’ve accomplished something and done something good for my body. 
  8. Get Into a Routine.
    It’s so easy to wander around aimlessly when you are not feeling great. Putting yourself on a schedule and getting into a regular routine is great because you don’t have to think about what you need to do next. It’s an easy way to keep yourself on track and give you a bit of a sense of purpose. 
  9. Talk to Someone.  
    Your friends and family love you, and they know that everyone goes through funks sometimes. There is zero shame in calling up a friend or family member to chat. You don’t even have to tell them what’s going on, sometimes just speaking to someone you care about is enough to cheer you up. You can also speak to a professional if you’re unable to snap out of it, they’ll be able to offer objective advice on how you can move forward and squash those goals!

There you have it, a few of the things I do to pull myself out a funk. It’s not an easy thing to do, but atleast I can recognize when it’s happening now, which makes everything feel more manageable. 

Do you ever get stuck in a funk? How do you boost your mood?


*Feature photo by IN BOSSMODE on Unsplash


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