Have you ever felt yourself slipping into a “funk“? Whether this is noticeable by a lack of excitement in life, a decrease in energy, or not feeling like yourself, it’s important to know that you’re not stuck feeling that way. However, the first step is to identify what is causing you to feel like this in the first place. This may be obvious if you know your triggers, but if it’s your first experience, it might require a deeper insight into how you feel. To get an idea of what’s wrong, take a look at some common situations and emotions that may contribute to falling into a funk:
- Negative personal relationships (fighting with partner, parents divorcing, friends constantly arguing).
- Not achieving personal goals (losing weight, finishing school, getting a raise, buying a new house).
- Monotony of everyday life (not setting goals, no ambitions, nothing to look forward to).
- Going through a change (moving to a new area, having a family member move away, breaking up with someone, losing a loved one).
- Lonely (not having a significant other, living by yourself).
Pulling Yourself Out of a Funk
Now that you know all the details of what could potentially cause you to slip into a funk, why not take a look at what you could do to change it? You might be surprised to find that there are a lot of different things you can do to change your emotional state and pump yourself up. In fact, by trying some of the changes below, you may be able to come out of this feeling even better than before.
- Exercise – When you exercise it helps release endorphins that help make you feel good! Even if it’s hard to get out of bed or off the couch, try just going for a short walk to see how you feel afterward. Or just get yourself moving – any kind of movement and preferably in nature. Better yet, get out and do an activity with your furry friend – playing with your dog has been shown to increase dopamine and serotonin in humans.
- Call a Friend – Instead of shutting the world out, call a friend who you can be yourself with (preferably someone who is good at making you laugh as well). Talking to them will take your mind off of bothers and provide you with necessary emotional support.
- Start a Craft – Do you like to paint, color, or even make pottery? Try doing something creative that will give you a sense of pride and make you forget about what’s stressing you.
- Treat Yourself to a Massage – You could be carrying a lot of emotions and even stress within your body, which is something that a massage could help with. Treat yourself and by the time you’re finished you’ll likely feel worlds better than you did in the past.
- Spark Your Inspiration – Whether it’s listening to an uplifting song, reading a biography of someone you admire, walking in nature or taking up art, when you do these things, you will change your state.
- Look Through Old Photos – Flipping through an old photo album can give you balance and make you feel calm.
- Clean Up Your Home – You could get pulled deeper into a funk if your home is cluttered or messy. Take some time to deep clean and organize; you’ll likely find that the cleanliness helps improve your mood every time you walk through your house.
- Recall Past Positive Moments – What are some of the most positive moments you’ve had in your life? Replay these in your mind and your body will release serotonin, which can contribute to being more calm and positive.
- Create a Small Bucket List – What are some goals you want to accomplish in life? Make a small bucket list, starting with the most do-able and working up to those that are long-term. With this list in your hands, you’ll have something to look forward to.
- Sing – Even if you’re not the ideal contestant for American Idol, singing one of your favorite uplifting songs can completely change your mental state. Just listening to positive music can also improve your state of mind.
- Plan a Party – How long has it been since you last saw your good friends? Start planning a small party where you can get together, connect, and support the people that you love.
- Take a Bath – If you’re experiencing a lot of stress, pour Epsom salt into a warm bath and relax for the night.
- Meditate – Whether you try this via an online video or in-person class, it can help clear your mind, improve your mental state, and give you a new perspective on bothersome situations.
- Feel Your Emotions – Do you want to cry? Then cry! Do you want to scream? Then scream! Sometimes it’s good to just let your emotions go so you can get them out and move on. However, don’t dwell on these; move on as soon as you’ve gotten your emotions out.
- Take a Day Off – If you can, take a day off so you can have a day to yourself. This is especially important if a busy schedule has been ramping up your stress and frustration.
- Do a Feel-Good Activity – Donating and volunteering can both make you feel good about yourself and give you a sense of purpose.
- Eat Chocolate – When you’re stressed out, chocolate can help release endorphins that make you feel good!
- Laugh – Watch a comedy show or a funny movie to tickle your funny bone, take your mind off of problems, and re-ignite your sense of humor.
- Engage in a Hobby – Trying a new hobby might not sound appealing but give it a try. If you find something you like, it can get you excited and passionate about something new.
- Travel – If you have the means and the time, traveling can show you the beauty of the world and all of the interesting things you can learn from different cultures.
- Do Something Nice– Whether you pay for the coffee for the person in line behind you or send a friend a “thinking of you” card, this can dramatically help improve your mood. Making other people happy is one of the most effective ways of also helping yourself.
- Get Off Social Media – While social media is a beneficial part of our lives, it can become overwhelming when you’re constantly comparing yourself to other people. If you spend too much time on this, give yourself a break and focus on yourself instead of others.
- Embrace Your Current Situation – Even if you don’t like the way things are, you should take time to accept and even embrace that it’s your life. Just remember there’s always room to improve and change; right now can be your starting point.
- Read a Positive Book – Although mystery books can be intriguing, do yourself a favor and read an uplifting book. Those about individuals who have found success from nothing are particularly engaging and can encourage you to change for the better.
- Attend Church or a Spiritual Service – If you are religious, attending a church service can give you a sense of peace and belonging. Not to mention you’ll meet a lot of great people while you’re there every week.
- Stop Worrying – Do you worry about every situation imaginable? This is only going to result in mental anguish and can cause you to feel unlike yourself. Try to let go of this worry and you’ll find you feel better when the weight of the world is not on your shoulders.
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