On Monday of last week, I woke up in a bad mood. I just felt bleh. Maybe the stress of the current state of the world was getting to me, or maybe loosing my daily routine was a hard thing to shake off but I was having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that lasted a lot longer than just one day. I was in a funk. I was in a burnout, boredom, anxiousness, disconnection, and sadness funk.
It’s something we’ve all probably experienced but a bad day, week, or month is only bad if you decide to stay in that state of mind!
Here’s how I got out of my funk, and how you can maybe can too:
1. Envision your happy place
It sounds super cliché, but the old-school advice to “envision your happy place” could be very helpful. Think of a certain place that brings you warm fuzzy feelings? For me it’s my last beach vacation. Try closing your eyes and envisioning yourself in this happy place and you can also try to recreate this “place” as best as you can from the comfort of your own home.
2. Try some yoga or breath work
Anything that takes you out of your head and back into your body can help with feeling out of control. Moving your body, in general, can help (exercise is so good for a mood boost!), but movement that focuses on breathing helps center you. I’ve talked about Headspace before and I’m going to mention it again here because it’s something that’s helped me before. Try it! Even if you decide to just do the 3 minute meditation (that’s all I do!).
3. Create your own “de-funk” playlist
Sometimes all it takes to get out of a funky mood is a funky (the good kind) playlist. The goal of a de-funking playlist is to combine all of the songs that remind you of happy memories and make you want to dance!
4. Welcome (certain) distractions
If you’re feeling bummed out, stressed, anxious, or just plain bored, it’s important to be mindful of these negative emotions and identify the “why” behind them. Distract yourself with the things that light you up. Read a good book that makes you think, learn something you’ve always wanted to learn or consider replacing all the bad headlines and scary news for good news, like @goodnews_movement or “Some Good News with John Krasinski”.
5. Make someone else’s day
The advice that giving to other people helps you is cliché because it’s true! Send your best friends some mail, a care package or a postcard, thank the healthcare workers that you know by sending them a starbucks gift card, donate money to a local charity that’s in need, or check in on your aunt to see how she’s doing. Thinking of both big and small ways you can make other people smile is perhaps the quickest way to make yourself smile, too.
6. Be creative
Being in a funk might mean you have excess energy that you don’t know what to do with, so channel that energy into creating something. Try journaling, sketching, cooking, dancing (learn a new tiktok dance)try to schedule time in your day to let your creative energies flow. With this said, it’s also important not to put pressure on what you’re creating.
7. Be OK with feeling “OK”
It’s OK to mourn, whether it’s grieving the wedding, a trip, graduation, or major event you were looking forward to, or just mourning your daily routine you were used to having. Negative feelings are also human. Let yourself grieve, rest, and recover as much as you need, and then pick yourself up and choose to be happy!
8. Focus on yourself
If you’re in a funk because you feel stuck in shitty circumstances, stop focusing on outside circumstances, and start focusing inward. Tune in to what you truly need. Maybe you need to rest and recover to feel better, or you need to feel accomplished so you reorganize your closet? So whatever YOU NEED to Make your happiness the number one priority, and make every decision based on the level of joy it will bring you. You’ll be out of that funk in no time.
What do you do to get yourself out of a funk?