In a Funk...? 5 Ways to Freshen Up
Updated: Jan 13
Have you ever experienced a time where you just didn’t feel like yourself and you don’t know why? You know something just feels off but can’t seem to pinpoint exactly what’s going on.
Or sometimes you know what’s going on and just aren’t sure how to make yourself feel better. Well, let me share my top five ideas to help get you out of a “funk”.
Being in a funk can look different for different people. Sometimes, someone can just be bored and not sure what to do with their time. Other times, it could mean more that than. For example, you could be having a bad day at work, be in a fight with a friend or family member, or just uncertain about things in your life. It can also be a form of depression.
There are lots of reasons as to why someone could be in a “funk”, and it is important to recognize that it’s okay to not feel okay. Some people bounce back faster than others and it’s important to acknowledge that everyone handles things differently in life. So, here are my top five ideas to help bring some spice back to your life!
1. Physical activity
First and foremost, get your body moving. Whether it’s a quick 10-minute brisk walk or an hour session in the gym, it’s important to get our bodies moving and release those endorphins. Endorphins are a chemical released by the body during physical activity, and not only are they seen as the body’s natural pain relievers but are also seen that the body’s natural mood booster too. Studies have shown that releasing endorphins can reduce pain, boost self-esteem, improve mood and reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.
2. Distract yourself
Sometimes, distractions can be seen as a positive thing. When you’re feeling down and not too sure what to do, it would be a great time to try something new you’ve always wanted to try or catch up on something you enjoy! Whether it is getting lost in a good book, learning a new skill, or watching a movie that makes you laugh, it is important to keep your mind occupied!
3. Connect with people who make you happy
Connecting with people in the COVID era can be difficult. Luckily, things like zoom, google meet, facetime and house party exist. If you’re able to connect with someone face to face, that’s great. If not, there are several other virtual options available to us now. Make sure to spend some time with the people you care about most and talk/do things that make you happy.
4. Create a playlist
I like to create a playlist of songs that make me feel energized and ready to take on the world. For me, that includes Latin, house, and hip-hop music. For others, it could be a completely country or pop. Regardless, create a playlist that piques your interest and blast that music! Playing loud music while you’re dusting, washing the floors, or doing the dishes can feel so satisfying.
Journaling is important when expressing our thoughts and feelings. When I’m in a funk, I like to keep a journal of gratitude to remind me of what I’m grateful for in my life. It adds a sense of positivity to the day. It also shines light to the positive things we have in our lives that we don’t really stop to appreciate daily. Journaling can look different to each person so if you feel satisfied with what’s on the paper, then that’s all that matters. Just pick up a pen and start writing.