Three steps to get out of a funk.
We all have days when things don’t seem to go right and you feel down. You know those days when it would have been easier just to stay in bed.
You may know the reason you feel blue or you just woke up this way. I think most of these funks don’t actually have a specific cause but our mind tries to figure it out anyway.
It’s easy to get caught up in it, wallow in it …..for days even. You waste precious time looking for reasons. The funk doesn’t’ go away, so what do you do?
If you’re human you can’t escape these feelings. I’ve had plenty of those times and I wanted to find a way to get out of these random funks.
So I did some mindful things that I found really work.
- Acknowledge that you are feeling down.
Researchers have found that when we’re feeling any kind of negative emotion we can make it less severe by acknowledging it and labeling it.
Give yourself permission to be in a funk, acknowledge you’re in one and feeling whatever it is you are feeling.
What you resist persists. So stop resisting.
Our mind wants to make sense of things and giving voice to a feeling is a powerful way to acknowledge it. Everything in life wants to be acknowledged. Once we do that we find that a door opens to take away the intensity and something shifts!
- Move energy.
Everything in the universe is energy, and when you move that energy, you will see changes in your mood.
When we’re in a funk it’s easy to sit around, crawl back under the covers or remove ourselves from others.
But the best thing to do is something different. Get up, turn the music on and dance. Go out and meet a friend, exercise, take a walk on the beach, go to that party you’ve been invited to, go to the movies, to the park……anything, as long as it’s movement.
- Be kind to yourself.
Don’t beat yourself up for not constantly being peppy and excited. Life isn’t like that. It takes sadness to know happiness. Downs to recognize ups.
So treat yourself with compassion and love. Imagine how you would treat your child or best friend. You would be gentle and kind…..
Do kind things to make you feel treasured. Take that hot bath, have that special cup of coffee, take time to just be.
It’s not a license to binge on chocolate or alcohol under the guise of being kind to yourself. That won’t make you feel better. You know the difference.
Loving actions toward yourself are ones that make you feel good, increase your self-respect, honor you.
Try these things and let me know how they work for you. No, you won’t suddenly be Tigger, but you’ll feel better. A little more alive, less funky.