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How To Get Yourself Out Of A “Funk”

How To Get Yourself Out Of A “Funk”

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.

Take a long weekend.

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.

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Exercise.

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.

Talk it out.

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!

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Spend time on a hobby.

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.

Go shopping.

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.

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Change up your routine.

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.

Do something daring.

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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Featured photo credit: Kalexanderson via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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