Even the most positive person gets in a funk now and then. There are all times we feel sad or depressed, unmotivated, or just tired of life. When you are in a funk, it seems like it will never end, but there are ways to pull yourself out of it. Here’s my advice.
How To Get Out Of A Funk
1. Don’t Believe Your Thoughts
Have you noticed when you are in a funk, your mind starts acting like a two-year old who is having a tantrum? This two-year old will convince you that nothing is ever going to be OK again. The inner two-year old will keep feeding you thoughts that feed into other thoughts about how nothing is OK with your life. Don’t listen to your thoughts when you are in a funk. Your thoughts are coming from a place in your mind that will just lead you deeper into the funk. Just like with a two-year old having a tantrum, you can’t rationalize with these thoughts. Instead, go deeper. Go into how you are feeling in your body.
2. Give Your Inner Child Some Comfort
It’s easier to get into a funk when we get tired and stressed. So give yourself comfort. Let your inner child out to play. Get more sleep. Watch funny movies or videos. Laugh more. Run through a field of flowers. Finger paint. Sing. Eat ice cream or chocolate. Do something that will bring you more fun in life.
3. Do Something Kind For Someone Else
It’s easy to become obsessed with our own world and how things aren’t going right. There are plenty of people in the world who have things worse than you do. Volunteer or spend time helping someone who needs you. When you help others, it takes your mind off of your own problems. It also gives you a purpose for being in this world. If you are wanting to know how to get out of a funk, this is one of the best ways to realize that you are needed in this world and have a purpose for being here.
4. Get Back In Your Body
It’s so easy to get caught in your thoughts and forget you have a body. I swear, I think many of us just live life from the neck up most of the time. We are a bunch of heads walking around. Put yourself back in your body, so you aren’t so caught up in your mind. Dance, do yoga, swim, or do anything else that gets your body moving. The endorphins you release while moving will also make you feel better.
5. Talk To Someone
We can process our problems better if we talk to someone else about what we are feeling. It’s great to hear someone else’s perspective. In today’s world, we get so used to feeling connected by scrolling through our Facebook feed, that we often forget this isn’t true connection. Make time for face to face interactions with people, time in which you aren’t checking your phone, time in which you open yourself to real conversation about the things that really matter.
6. Let Yourself Cry Or Feel Angry. Give Into The Tantrum.
Often, we are in a funk because emotions are stuck inside of us. Let yourself feel your feelings fully, so they can move on. You will be amazed at how much better you feel after a good cry or after having a good, angry tantrum. We are so quick to label our emotions as bad, that we don’t fully feel them. Let yourself feel, so the emotions can move through you.
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