How to get out of a Funk

February 9, 2017

For the first time in a long time, I felt an unpleasant familiar feeling. I thought to myself that I shouldn't be feeling this way  because it's the beginning of 2017, this year is suppose to be my year and we are only the 2nd month in! Why am I already feeling gloomy? I knew what I had to do to get out this funk, because the feeling of being stuck was nothing new. However, this time I wasn't going to let it stay and get the best of me. It took some time and a couple of hours of talking myself to roll out of bed and shake this feeling, but nevertheless, this funky feeling is gone. 




  • Wake up Early 
    When the words “ahh, I finally get to sleep in tomorrow.” Rolls across my lips, it feels so good in the moment, I get excited. I prep for that next morning like I have a date with my bed and I know when I get there I will instantly fall in love from the comfort of my warm covers hugging my body. Yet, I leave this glorious date feeling grumpy, drained and even more tired than I would have been If I would have woken up early.
    Not saying this is always the case, there have been times when I wake up from a 14-hour rest and I feel rejuvenated and ready to conquer whatever the world puts in front of me, but more than likely that’s not always the case. 
    A simple early morning cup of tea with a yummy breakfast and a little Lauren Hill is all I need in the morning to get me off to a good start. When you wake up earlier than usual, it’s an accomplishment, an early morning start gives you extra time in your day to do what you must or want to do. 
      There’s not an overwhelming feeling of time flooding your schedule. 
  • Go for a walk
    The breeze against your face and fresh air can be all you need to get out of the feeling of being stuck.  It gives you a moment of clarity to think about what exactly has gotten you in a funk and come up with some ways to beat this issue. 
    There have been multiple times after going for a walk that I realized I’m just over reacting, it’s all in my head or I let something get the best of me. 
    When you walk with a smile, good posture and release some of those feel-good endorphins your mood will change and hopefully your perspective as well.


  • Affirmations are Key!
    You will feel absolutely insane when you first start repeating affirmations but you will learn to love this moment of insanity. When I first started repeating affirmations to myself I was in the car on my way to work and I decided to start screaming from the top of my lungs “I WILL CONQUER TODAY, I WONT LET ANYONE GET ME OUT OF MY ELEMENT, I AM BRAVE, FEARLESS, CONFIDENT., etc”. It was honestly one of the funniest things to me. I kept looking in all my car mirrors to make sure no one was recording me in their car. I’m sure I looked like a crazy person, but a happy crazy person. I was laughing, singing and screaming all these positive words that it put me on a high. 
                Even though I felt silly and kind of crazy, it worked. In a day of feeling stuck and gloomy, my day brightened with joy. I laughed and appreciated that moment in my car because ever since I knew what it took to get me out of a funk. 
  • Accept Change
Feeling “stuck”, in a “funk” or simply not feeling it at all use to be a normal feeling for me. I wasn’t depressed, I just wasn’t feeling it…ever. I felt lazy, wanted to lay in bed all day, I had goals but never seemed to finish them. I always blamed others for my actions and the list of unmotivated feelings can go on. 
            I never had that moment of clarity where I suddenly knew what I had to do to become more productive. It took time and a lot of reading for me to realize that what I was doing during my free time was not healthy. 
            It was time for me to change, and accept the change. I had to stop giving myself excuses like “it’s okay to sleep in.”, “it’s okay to eat this or that.”, “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow.” Those excuses were minor but still detrimental on my every day habits.
            I’m still not perfect and I still say these excuses from time to time but my growth from where I am now to where I was before would have never changed if I didn’t accept change in my life.
            Some of those changes being waking up early, going to the gym daily, eating a cleaner diet, being wiser with my time, and studying my craft, and making it a goal to cross off my goals monthly, weekly and daily.


*Lazy days are okay to have every once in a while, especially during the winter months, but when you find yourself always feeling stuck, the cure can be a simple change in perspective and attitude. We become so complacent by whats going on around us that we don't realize that its's time for a change. Nine times out of ten the cause of being stuck is due to lack of recent growth. What can you do to become more productive, to change your day to day habits? There's so many different ways to lead your mind into a positive direction, from reading, to cooking, exercising, to doing anything active and productive. On rainy days like today, study your craft and find new way's to grow and find a way to let your light shine brighter. 

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