Let’s face it, life moves pretty fast these days. With social media keeping us in the loop at all times, technology making every task available for all to see, and employers expecting more and more each and every day, it’s easy to fall into a funk. Sometimes it feels like time is zooming by, leaving us behind. How do you get yourself out of this funk? Here are seven ways you can kick your funk to the curve and get back in the game.
Sometimes you just need to get away. Whether you bathe in the sun at the beach, spend some time on the boat fishing, take a weekend trip with your friends to shop, take the perfect quick trip. You’ll break the monotony, feel better, and have some fun. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but getting out of the house can work wonders to get out of your funk.
Get moving. Whether you do yoga, work out at the gym, or run around the block, exercise will get your endorphins running and help you feel more productive to set you up to get out of your funk. Find the time! Whether it’s 30 minutes before you get ready for work, over your lunch break, or before you go to bed, spend time exercising. You’ll clear your head, and feel great.
Don’t let things bottle up and fester. Often times when you internalize problems, they take on a life of their own and seem insurmountable. Don’t forget to talk to your friends, family, co-workers and support network and let out your thoughts and emotions periodically. Often times they can offer the perfect advice or say exactly the right thing to help you get out of your funk. You don’t always have to do it alone!
What do you love to do? Investing time in your hobby can make you happy and help you forget about what ails you. When you’re doing things you love and excel at, you improve your overall mood and help face your daily obstacles. No matter how busy or stressful life gets, don’t forget to find time for the things you love. Take a day for yourself. With social media and a fast-paced life, people aren’t taking enough time for themselves. Listening to your own thoughts is important.
It’s hard not to feel good in a new outfit, whether it’s a new, tailored suit or a pair of jeans that fit perfectly. You can quickly get a dash of confidence that can help you get out of your funk just by looking the part. Also, think about things around the house. When you finish off a room with that piece of furniture you’ve had your eye on, replaced that uncomfortable chair with a new plush throne, or buy new sheets for your bed, you can feel accomplished and switch up your environment and bust out of that funk.
Life gets pretty boring and monotonous. We do the same things at the same time in the same way. Everyday. Doing something out of the ordinary is a great way to break up the monotony. Make changes to your routine and kick your funk to the curb. Take lunch to the local park instead of at your desk, ride your bike to work or to the store, call and hang out with an old friend, or find your own habits that are stale and try something new. Be open to talking to new people and enjoying the change in scenery.
While jumping out of a plane or kayaking some class IV rapids may be the stimulation you need to break out of your funk, you don’t have to risk life or limb to doing something daring. Things as simple as asking out the person you’ve had your eye on, talking to your boss about that raise you’ve been wanting, or even taking the plunge and adopting a new puppy, try something different that will get you excited and get your juices flowing.
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