9 Ways To Get Out of A FUNK!

Even for the most positive people, it's easy to get into a funk sometimes! From what I hear, it happens to most of us from time to time and you know what? That is okay!

A funk is a mood that is characterized by lack of motivation, grumpiness and general malaise. Although it’s usually less serious than depression or anxiety, it can last for weeks or months, if you don’t try to get rid of it. Enacting physical, mental and environmental changes may improve your outlook and get you out of a funk.

Happy Monday my friends! I know even Monday can put us in a little bit of a funk mood so cheer up and know that it can only get better from here.
Sometimes it's easy to get out of that funk sometimes it's not so easy so I have NINE tips to help you get out of your funk and get on with life!



1. Get some sun. A lack of Vitamin D may result in mild depression, i.e., a funk. If you can’t get out in the sun with your arms exposed for 20 minutes, (which is easier to do this time of year), try buying a sun lamp or asking your doctor about supplements. I take a D vitamin, every day, just in case we get a ten day streak of clouds and rain. 



2. Take a “personal day” and do something you love. Instead of using all your vacation for holidays, devote a day to your favorite activity and indulge yourself. You may be in a working rut where you have forgotten what it’s like to enjoy the moment. Have a picnic, eat all your favorite foods, bake up a storm, visit friends, go on a long bike ride.



3. Rearrange your office or your house. A change can give you a new perspective. Don’t just move the things on the top of your desk, move the desk or couch to the other side of the room.

 

4. Write about it.  Journaling is not just for sentimental types!  Writing down your thoughts can be extremely helpful in crystallizing your thoughts and feelings. One practice I especially recommend is writing in a gratitude journal. The idea is that you write the things you're grateful for at the end of each day. It doesn’t matter at all what you write about– just what you were grateful for that day, like a hug from your son, an easy commute, a yummy ice cream cone you stopped and got on your way home from work. This process is very helpful for me whenever I feel stuck creatively or overwhelmed with my work or parenting, or any other kind of funk. When I look at all the things I found I was grateful for each day, it makes me smile. 


 


5. Go see a movie or read a book. You may find that when you escape your funk by going to a good movie or reading a good book, your funk is gone by the time it's over!!! You have let your mind delve into another world and it can be cleansing.



6. Go Shopping! Little retail therapy ladies! This may not get some people outta funk, but I do usually feel better after I have went out, got the blood flowing, tried on a bunch of stuff and came home with a new pair of shoes or anything really. Just getting out there even if I do not feel like it usually does the trick.



7. Move!  No, don't flee the house or the state! Turn up the jams and Dance. My favorite is going for a walk. Taking a walk in nature is helpful in many ways. Invite a friend to walk with you if you want, and then you get three-for-one therapy: community, exercise, and talk therapy.  I like to walk alone and think– it can be very clarifying. For me, there is no bad mood that can’t be dispelled by a walk in nature. Sometimes when I get there I am very skeptical about whether or not it will work, because I’m feeling so bad. But it always does, every time! Exercising increases the oxygen available to your brain, and helps you to solve problems. So when you feel stuck or overwhelmed, take some time to see something beautiful, breathe deeply and move your body outside.


8. Give to others.  Kindness can heal.  When you begin to feel sorry for yourself, make a point of doing something kind for someone else.  Or reaching out and thanking someone for the joy or nourishment they have brought into your life.  This will take your mind off of your own issues and open the world up to you just a bit.  And guess what?  Kindness and good deeds are proven mood-lifters!  Even making a donation to a charity helps. Volunteer. Or opening the door for someone. Even just a smile can lift someones mood and yours!!




9. Play!   Playing or having fun may feel like the last thing you want to do.  But it can be so helpful.  Laughter is an incredible stress reliever, and going out and doing something frivolous or silly helps put life back into perspective. This is also a great way to bring your family into your life when you have been brooding.  Watch funny old videos, look for good stand-up comics to see or festivals and fairs to attend, play silly games with your kids. Do cartwheels if you know how– being upside down once in a while is good for you, too! Whatever it is that makes you smile, laugh, or forget about all the things that are on your mind– do more of that, and make it a priority.


 I hope its a great week for ya and nobody gets in a funk! But if you do remember these and give em' a try! Or tell us what you do to get outta your funk?
xoxo
"When I feel a little low, I put on my favorite high heels and stand a little taller."
~Dolly Parton 

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32 comments:

  1. Great list and great ideas! Sometimes if I get in a funk, I have a talkin' to .... you know I talk to myself about snapping out of it. It works. :)

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    1. Great idea Stacey!!! You are your best teacher and reminder!!! :-) Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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  2. These are such great ideas for getting out of the funk. I'm a big fan of music and I play it nonstop. I've also been trying to get outside more with the weather nice right now. Most of these tips can keep you from getting in a funk, too!

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    1. Good point Claire!! I hope your Monday is marvelous and full of smiles!!!

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  3. Great ideas! I love shopping and watching movies to relax! And yes to vitamin D! I take it religiously! Susan

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    1. Yay!! I hope your Monday is as marvelous as you are sweet lady!!!

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  4. love these tips and they really do work!!

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    1. Hope your day is lovely like you Elle!

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  5. Great post and so appropriate for Monday!! Well for those who may have a case of the Mondays!! Hehe. Thank you for sharing and I hope that you have a wonderful day! :-)

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    1. You're so cute!! Thank you, I hope your day is fabulous too!

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  6. These are really great tips!! It's sad to say but I'm at least in a funky mood like once a week - whether work related or just stress, it happens to us all! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. Yep part of life but at least we rise out of it to a happier place. :-) Hope you are enjoying a lovely day my sweets!!

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  7. these are all such great ideas! It's silly to stay stressed.

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  8. Great list! I use many of these outlets when I need to improve my mood.
    Writing, reading, working out, shopping, and getting near natural light all definitely help and are my general go-tos!

    That Dolly Parton quote at the end is cute... dressing up can definitely help! Especially pairing a look with a great pair of shoes... love it!


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today’s Post: Ivory Crotchet Shorts

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    1. Amber! Not only are you beautiful on the outside, you're so beautiful on the inside too! Hope you're having a marvelous day!!

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  9. Happy Monday, lovely! Great tips, you are just the best!
    Sending you much love!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.net

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    1. And so are you my sweet friend!!! Hope your Monday is going marvelous!!!

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  10. Always love your motivational posts! Great list!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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    1. Thank you Susie! Crazy coincidence. I was just heading over to your Blog now!! :-)

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  11. These are awesome tips!!! Usually shopping or a trip to the humane society to walk dogs cheers me right up! Retail therapy should be covered under our insurance, you know?!?!

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    1. Ha ha ha! You're so smart!!! Yes it should. And great idea about The Humane Society I guess I will have to admit that my sweet doggie Daisy can usually help me get out of the funk! Hope you're having a great Monday sweetheart!

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  12. Amen to no. 6! LOL! I do that way too often. It's strange how a new lipstick instantly make my day! LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Me too!!!! :-) I hope you're having a wonderful day!!

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  13. These are all great tips. I totally agree with going to a movie or reading a good book, something about escaping into another story helps me refresh!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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    1. Yes it does. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful evening!

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  14. I nee to do all of them especially "go shopping"
    :-) thanks for sharing. Xoxo

    http://www.sweetsimpleday.com

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    1. Ha ha!!! :-) Hope you're having a lovely day!!!

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  15. Great tips! Love number 7 and 9!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  16. Fantastic suggestions! Get up and move is my go to usually...if i am feeling down or funky getting out and going for a walk will allow me to clear my head and usually charges me up to make a list to tackle what I need to tackle or just plain turns my mood around if I'm down. :)

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  17. All great tips! For me, exercise usually does the trick. When that doesn't work, I play with my dogs, go outside and/or binge watch Netflix. :) #sitsblogging

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  18. Great tips! We all need to recharge our batteries from time to time! Thank you so much for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things!

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