Have you ever been in a ‘funk’ – just a weird/bad mood?
Like, you don’t feel like doing anything, you have no motivation or energy, and you’re just sort of ‘blah’?
If you answered yes: I know how ya feel, and I think most people do. If your answer is no, and you don’t know what I’m talking about: lucky you! 😉 I get like that sometimes, and sometimes it’s hard to pull myself out of that funk.
This happened to me last week and it was so hard to snap out of it. I didn’t quite feel like *myself* and I just felt sort of “bleh” and icky.
So today I thought I’d share some ways I get out of my funks, and how you can too.
Here are 10 ways to get out of a funk!
1- Acknowledge that you’re in a funk.
This may seem silly, but acknowledging that you’re in a funk is so important. It allows you to create distance between your state of mind and yourself. This funk isn’t YOU, and the feeling will pass. You can also give yourself a little pep talk or words of encouragement because I don’t know about you, but funks can seriously get me down in the dumps.
2- Ask yourself what could be causing it.
To be honest, sometimes funks can seem to happen for no apparent reason, but sometimes something is causing them. Has anything happened recently that caused you to feel let down or sad? Is something missing from your life? Is there something you need to change or work on? Journaling can be a great tool for helping with this! If you can find a reason for the funk, you can find the problem to solve to snap out of it.
3- Work on your goals.
Sometimes, our stuck feeling is a message from our intuition, telling us that we need to do something different or are ignoring an important task. What is one thing that you really need at this moment? Do you have any goals that you’ve been neglecting? Do you have any goals AT ALL? (You should!) Make a to-do list of a few tasks you can do that will bring you closer to your goals. Do something on that list, even if it’s just something small. A sense of accomplishment can be a real mood booster. (:
4- Connect with a loved one.
Connecting with someone we love can do so much to increase our happiness, and you probably know that. So reach out to a family member or friend and see if they would like to spend time together or talk on the phone. Text someone. Vent if you need to but also ask how they’re doing. You can even just cuddle or play with a pet!
5- Move your body.
Honestly? This is probably the most powerful way that I get out of a funk. As you probably know, exercise is scientifically proven to put you in a better mood. I’ve found that it helps me feel more awake, more motivated, and more energized, and just puts me in a better mood. You can do a full workout, or just take a walk around the block – anything that gets you moving should help you feel better!
6- Take a shower.
I don’t know what it is, or if I’m the only one, but I feel so much more energized when I take a shower. If I’m in a ‘blah’ sort of mood, showers always perk me up and make me feel better. Maybe it’s just me? 🙈
Meditation is like a magic pill. It seriously helps with so much stuff, including a bad mood. Just sit down, stand up, lay down (whatever works for you), close your eyes, and breathe deeply for a few minutes. Just let your mind focus on your breath. That’s a sure way to clear your mind and brighten your mood. For me, guided meditation apps or YouTube channels are super helpful for this!
8- Meet your basic needs.
Are you dehydrated? Have you been eating properly? Are you getting the right amount of sleep? All of these things are so important to our mental and physical well-being. They may seem like no-brainers but it’s so easy to neglect these needs and making an effort towards improving them can help us get out of a funk real quick. Self-care is a necessity!
9- Go outside.
Getting fresh air and sunshine is a great way to get out of a bad mood. Science even proves this to be true! Go for a walk, just sit outside, or even just open up your windows to let the fresh air and sun inside – whatever works for you.
10- Relax and distract.
I’m gonna be honest and say that there have been times when I was in a funk for no real reason and no matter how much work I put in, nothing was making me feel better. Those are bad days and they can happen to anyone. During those days, I give myself grace and just relax. I give myself happy distractions like video games, books, hobbies, or movies. I get comfy and just let my mind take a break until the next day when I feel better. <3
What about you? What helps you get out of a funk? Let’s chat in the comments!
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Julie Russell says
Great tips for getting out of a funk! They’re all important to incorporate when you’re going through one, but acknowledging you’re in a fink is an important one. I look forward to reading more articles!
These are good tips and I needed to read this because I am definitely in a funk today! I am going to apply your suggestions
Fransic verso says
I’ve been in this situation before and acknowledging what caused it is important. Thank you for sharing!