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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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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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