You know how sometimes how you just feel a bit low for no real reason? You’re definitely not depressed, you’re not sad about anything in particular, you just feel a bit shit. I felt like that in the first week of this year. I’d been eating and drinking too much, not getting enough sleep, travelling way too much and not getting anywhere near enough rest. I was in a funk which I have now thankfully pulled myself out of. Here are 9 ways you can make little changes to get yourself out of a funk… if you happen to be in one. If you’re not then as you were…
1. Give yourself a mini health review
Have a look at your current habits – are you eating well? Sleeping enough? Having a few nights off alcohol every week? Are you moving enough? I know it’s super obvious but I knew the reason why I was feeling so low over the Christmas break was because I was eating far too many bread-based meals, not doing any formal exercising and raising my heart like I usually do every day and drinking alcohol most nights. It’s fun to do these things for a while but it doesn’t take long for this kind of stuff to catch up on you. Christmas and New Year are over now so it’s time to turn up the salads and get sweating.
2. Make something
Your bed, some muffins, gift cards, homemade bath bombs. Idle hands do the devils work so if you keep your hands busy it will stop you from finding destructive ways to deal with your funk. You’ll also have something awesome to show for your work.
3. Hang around people who make you feel good
When I got back from my Christmas break, I felt so peopled out that I just couldn’t bear the thought of hanging out with anyone. So when one of my good mates invited me out for a drink I was a bit reluctant to go. I’m so glad I did go because I felt fantastic afterwards – She’s a very positive person and I always feel great after hanging out with her even if I’m a bit tired and run down. You may not feel like seeing people but if you see the right people, it will help get you on track to being funk-less.
4. Notice when you get lucky
I’ve tried to keep a gratitude journal so many times but I just can’t commit to it. I do, however, like to be thankful whenever I notice that I’ve been a bit lucky. Like if a stranger gives me their parking ticket or I get a beer at a restaurant that is super, super icy cold. You don’t have to do anything when you get lucky, just acknowledge it – say to yourself ‘That was an awesome thing that just happened.’ and repeat as necessary.
5. Take notes on the last time you felt really, really good
If you look back on your life you’ll notice that there were times when you were on top of your game. What were you doing in those times that made you feel so great? Bootcamp? 8.30pm bedtime? Playing mixed netball once a week? We are constantly searching for the cause of our unhappiness but we rarely look at the causes of our happiness. What were you doing the last time you felt amazing? Getting weekly massages? Going booze free? Having lots of sex? Figure out what it was and do more of it.
Anything and everything. Even just clearing out your bedside table drawers or handbag will make a huge difference in getting you out of your funk. Clean bed sheets are also an amazing mood lifter.
7. Make a small goal and stick to
I always get in my biggest funks when I’m on holidays and I really hate it. The reason why is because I feel unproductive and lazy which is the whole point of a holiday in the first place. When I’m on holiday I set myself small goals like eating vegetables at every meal or nailing an extra few thousand steps every day. The satisfaction of goal completion is the perfect thing to get you back on track.
8. Do something that scares you
If you’re in a funk, it’s highly likely that one of the causes is boredom. If you constantly do the same things day in day out, it’s no wonder you feel a bit flat. This week try something new. Maybe go to a singles night or try an exercise class you’ve been curious about. Sometimes when I’m in a funk I like to catch up with people I don’t see very often just for something different. It’s always a good idea to mix things up and it’s the perfect thing to break a funk.
9. Stop complaining
It can be really easy to fall into a pattern of complaining all the time but the worst thing about doing this is those complaining breeds complaints and before you know it you’re not satisfied by anything anymore. If you get a cup of lukewarm coffee, try just drinking it and not saying anything. It won’t be the last coffee you ever have and it will only be worse if you make a fuss. I’m certainly not suggesting that you become a doormat but if your weird uncle keeps posting annoying status updates on Facebook don’t complain about it. Just unfollow and get on with it.