Top 5 Tips To Get Out Of A Funk

We all have those days, sometimes weeks where you just can’t help but feel like you’re not yourself. Maybe something happened that caused it, but often times it just happens out of the blue (no pun intended, hehe) and all you want is to feel happier or more positive.

I’ve taken a lot of time in these past couple of summer months to reconnect to what I really want in life. It’s so easy to get caught up in being busy. After all, we live in a world where busy is glorified, if you’re not busy you’re “not doing enough”, as if being busy is what makes us worthy of being happy. If you’re not careful, you fall into a cycle of never feeling like you’re doing enough, being enough, or getting it all done.

If you’re like me, often times this “busy-ness” is what pushes me into a rut that seems so hard to break.

Whether this causes your rut, or something else, know that you’re not alone. Here are my top 5 tips for getting out of a funk and back to the happy, positive, and glowing you!

1. Podcasts

Podcasts are my favorite way to get out of my own head and let somebody else take the dirty work of guiding my thoughts.

Here are my top recommendations: 

  • For inspiration and motivation to get after your dream life: "The Ed Mylett Show"

  • For a laugh or great advice: “Questionably Awesome” Episodes of "Earn Your Happy" by Lori Harder

  • For some incredible girl-power, self confidence, and inspiration: "The Rise Podcast" by Rachel Hollis

  • To connect back to your spirituality, your calling, and find peace in your worth and purpose here: "Elevation" with Steven Furtick

2. Perspective

“Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude, and all that extra stress is gone.”

So often we stress the small things and let them completely turn your day around. I love to think back to the advice of “will this matter 5 years from now?” 9 times out of 10, it won’t. Take a step back and remind yourself of what really matters.

3. Journal

I’ve talked about the power of journalling a few times on the blog, and I’m not ashamed to say I was a skeptic at first too. But WOWZER my friends, journalling is powerful.

Simply the act of getting it out of your mind and holding a heavy weight of your shoulders to getting it down on paper, no longer needing to take up space in your mind is so powerful.

Most of the time, the act of writing it out helps me put it in perspective and realize that what’s causing my funk is really quite small and no longer deserves my attention. Get it out of your mind and onto paper!

4. Get Moving 

There’s nothing a little change of scenery can’t help. My go-to’s are:

  • heading to a coffee shop to work instead of the home,

  • going for a long walk (add in a podcast for a double dose!),

  • Getting in a full fledged workout,

  • Or even just moving to a different room in the house

5. Slow Down

Sometimes a funk is really just burnout with a blanket of a bad mood along with it.

How often do you take time to do something that makes you happy or lifts you up? Whether its 15 minutes, an hour, or a whole day, do you regularly find time to do something just for yourself, simply because you want to? We, especially women, are really good at checking off to-do lists and making sure everyone else is happy before we take a moment to make ourselves happy. Commit to making time for yourself this week and see how that changes things.

On the other hand, if you do include time for yourself but the funks don’t seem to stop, sometimes that’s God/the universe/life telling you you’re headed in the wrong direction. You’re meant for something else, something better, something more. Get nice and honest with yourself and notice if you’ve been resisting a big life change, feel like you’re not following your purpose or giving your passion enough attention. Remember, it may be scary at first, but what’s on the other side is greater than anything you could ever dream if you quit letting fear sit in the drivers seat.

Bonus:

Call a loved one. There’s nothing mom, your grandma, a friend, or your sister can’t change.

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