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5 Steps To Get Out of A Funk

August 22, 2013

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Let’s face it. Life isn’t always perfect. If you’re anything like me, you’ve had your fair share of ups and downs. Anything from a botched job interview to a friend moving away could put you in to a funk, which is never fun.

When you are in a bad or sad mood, everything seems harder. Your motivation at work starts to fade and even exercising seems like too much to take on.  Luckily, there are a few tricks that you can use to start feeling better next time you are feeling down. You may even be able to see the sliver lining and use your bad day to your advantage!

1.    Recognize why you are in a funk

Think about why you are feeling this way. What it something happened? Did you have a fight with a friend or not get an offer for a job you really wanted? Or maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed! Taking a minute to recognize exactly why you are in a funk will help you realize that it’s just one thing that is getting you down, and it will be much easier to move past this funk.

2.    Indulge your feelings  

There is nothing wrong with being sad, upset or shedding a couple of tears. Indulging your feelings and letting your body and mind feel how it wants to feel instead of fighting it can help you to release your emotions. Sometimes a good cry is all you need to perk up!

3.    Remind yourself of your goals

When you are all cried out, head back to the drawing board. Whatever put you in this funk is likely just temporary. Looking at your goals and thinking about your future will help you realize how much you have going for you and how much you have to look forward to! This may even help you see the cause of your funk in a more positive light; it could be an unexpected and positive step in a new direction!

4.    Do something you love

If you’re still feeling pretty down and out, do something that always makes you happy. Bake cookies for your neighbors or run with your dog – anything that brings you complete joy. This will divert your attention, and help you to start feeling more like yourself again.

5.    Change of scenery

When all else fails, the best cure for a bad case of the blues is a change of scenery. This could be as big or as small as you need! Maybe you have been in a funk for a long time – moving to another city or even just a new neighborhood might be what you need. On the other hand, if you’re just having a bit of an off day, you might consider taking a walk around the park or getting together with friends.

What is your go-to way to pull yourself out of a funk?