Disclaimer: I am not a professional and do not claim to have any expertise in this field. If you are struggling with depression, or think that you may need help, please talk to someone or seek help from a health care provider.
Every now and then, we all find ourselves in a bit of a funk. Sometimes it lasts a couple of days, other times it lasts a couple of weeks, and at times it may even last longer. If you aren't familiar with what a funk is, or what being in a funk feels like, it's somewhat a state of depression. You don't really want to get out of bed, you're not particularly motivated, you're lacking the confidence that you normally have, and you feel like you can't catch a break–like everything and everyone is out to get you.
If you're wondering what causes a funk, there really isn't one specific thing. It's usually a combination of many factors that contribute to a funk. Some examples include stress from work or school, things that are happening in your relationships (whether they're family, friendships, or romantic relationships), missing someone or feeling homesick, financial struggles, health related issues...this list is limitless and it really depends on what is going on in your life. Sometimes you just wake up feeling like crap for no apparent reason. I have found myself in a funk on more than one occasion, and I know from my experiences, that it can be pretty difficult to get yourself feeling normal.
Today I thought I would share a list of 10 things you can do to help combat a funk. These things might not work for everyone, but they have definitely helped me in the past.
1. Don't Stay in Bed: Often times, when you're in a funk, all you want to do is stay in bed and watch Netflix. While that is extremely tempting, I think one of the best ways to get out of a funk is to force yourself out of bed and try your best to carry out your normal routine. Getting back into the normal swing of your daily life might help you feel like your normal self.
2. Talk to someone: If you're feeling overwhelmed, lonely, or depressed, don't be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You can talk to your mom, best friend, your siblings, and if you're not comfortable opening up to someone close to you, you can always set up a meeting to talk to a professional. There is no shame in speaking with a counselor or therapist.
3. Get Creative: If you're like me, and like to dabble in all things creative, doing something creative and artistic just might make you feel better. Grab a pen and some paper and sketch something or get some acrylics or watercolor and paint something. Take that pile of old magazines and make a collage! You can even grab a notebook and start a gratuity journal or write a song or poem. Just do something creative to express what you're feeling.
4. Work it Out: There are obviously many benefits of working out, but studies actually show that exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, improve sleep patterns, not to mention it causes your body to release endorphins, which makes your body and mind feel good. There are so many different things you can do for exercise, too! Crank up your favorite music and just dance it out. Go for a brisk walk or run and take in the scenery. You can attend a kickboxing class and blow off some steam. Roll out your yoga mat and practice your Asanas. Go to a park nearby and play some basketball. Get your body moving!
5. Get Social: Sometimes when you're feeling down, you just need to surround yourself with people that know how to make you feel good. Invite a group of friends over for a game night, or go see some local musicians at your favorite coffee shop. If you don't feel like being around people you know, you can always go out and volunteer! Spend some time helping out at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or food bank. Visit a nursing home or retirement community. Help out at an animal shelter, or if your city has a community garden, help plant or harvest produce. Volunteering allows you to meet new people and it's a great way to do something that will not only help other people, but make you feel good about yourself.
6. Treat Yourself: If you're in a funk, pamper yourself! You deserve it. Go buy yourself a new outfit or a new pair of shoes that makes you feel hot, or go treat yourself to a spa day–mani and pedi included. If you don't feel like shopping, treat yourself to a fancy dinner or indulge in a delicious dessert.
7. Dress up: Get out of your sweatpants and oversized t-shirt, clean yourself up a bit, fix your hair & apply some makeup, and put on an outfit that makes you feel pretty and confident and kick-ass! Then, take a shameless selfie and post that shit on Instagram (or any social media platform of your choosing)!
8. Meditate: I know meditation doesn't exactly appeal to everyone, but it really is a great way to get your mind off of the things that are stressing you out. It allows you to take a few minutes to relax and breathe deep and focus on the present.
9. Read Something Motivational/Inspirational: Sometimes, just a few motivational or inspirational words are all you need to get you going. I like to log on to Pinterest and simply search "Quotes." When I do this, I come across so many different words that make me feel all kinds of different things! Some quotes are motivational & inspirational, others give great life advice, some are about travel, some are funny, some are from movies...There is such variety, I love it!
10. If You're Religious, Say a Prayer: I understand that not everyone is religious, and I am in no way trying to push my beliefs on you, however, if you are religious and are feeling like you're stuck in a funk, It just might help to take a few minutes out of your day to say a prayer.
Hopefully you guys found these "10 ways to Un-Funk Yourself" useful in one way or another. If you have your own tips for getting out of a funk, please feel free to share them in a comment below! I would love to hear what you guys do to stay calm, positive, and happy!