Get Over Yourself: How to Bounce Back From Funks
We’ve all had those period of time in our lives: we’re going through the motions, doing everything right. Getting up, eating breakfast, going to work/school, maybe going to the gym, coming home, eating dinner, maybe doing some chores, having some time to unwind, and going to bed to repeat everything the next day. But, in the midst of it all, something feels off. Maybe you’re constantly feeling tired even though you’re getting the recommended amount of sleep every night AND going to the gym a few times a week. You find yourself not wanting to go the the gym after work or class and just go home to eat dinner in a large T-shirt in front of some Netflix, also completely avoiding your chores. We feel like there’s no forward motion, even though time is passing. Heads up: it’s completely natural! We all get into these slumps every now and then, some of us more than others (raising my own hand here). I’m actually going through one right now, but I feel like I’m coming out the other end. With that, I feel like sharing my go-to tips to get out of a funk, whether it’s a day, a week, or a month.
- Listen to some good music. I love to light candles and listen to my favorite music when I get in a slump. It gives me comfort hearing my favorite songs.
- Get rid of the unnecessary obligations in your calendar. When you’re in a funk like this, it may seem productive to force yourself to go out and surround yourself with more and more people to fake smile towards, when you know for a fact you’d rather be at home. In this case, that’s actually not what you want to do. Look at your calendar and see what you can miss just this once: whether it’s a dinner plan or the gym, you gotta do what’s best for you right now.
- Pick up ten things. Something that really exacerbates a slump is having chores all piled up, and the thought of tackling them all at once exhausts you even more. Take a deep breath, and take it one step at a time. I’ve already referenced this before, but a great way to get it started is picking up ten things. That’s it, nothing more, nothing less. Ten things. Put them where they belong. Watch how much better you feel even after just that. Maybe if you feel up to it later in the day or the evening, do it again. You’ll be surprised how quickly a room get clean if you utilize this technique (thanks, Grandaddy)
- Eat your favorite food. If you find that your appetite is normal, treat yourself to your favorite food. Maybe it’s a box of mac and cheese, maybe it’s a small meal from your favorite restaurant. Whatever it is, give yourself a cheat day if you’re following a meal plan. They recommend you do that anyway, but in a slump, it’s especially necessary.
- Change up your routine. Seems like this should be the surefire way to kick a slump, right? Like, duh, just change your routine, and it’s no longer a routine. It doesn’t have to be a permanent change, it can just be something temporary. Do you always take the same way home? Take a scenic detour (if there is one). If you love your Starbucks, take some extra time to find a local coffee shop and support a small business. Something as small as that can be just the change and revitalization you need to start beating your slump.
- Do a social media cleanse. I find myself feeling more and more drained when I’m looking at picture perfect houses and relationships and lives on Instagram or Facebook, so every once in a while, I will leave my phone in another room and go do a chore, or even go on a walk. Not looking at a screen can help even more by reducing the strain on your eye, which can cause you to feel even more drained. Take a break every once in a while.
- Go outside. You don’t need to go on a crazy long three mile walk (although let’s be honest sometimes that’s an amazing therapy). You can even just sit somewhere for a few minutes to give your body the vitamin D it really needs. I have a small table on my back patio so occasionally I will hook up my laptop to an outlet right near the back door so I can do some blogging work with a beer or a cup of coffee (whenever it’s warm enough, I’m looking at you, Georgia weather). Your body needs some sun, give it to it!
- Talk to someone. One of my favorite things to do when I’m in a slump is call up my friend Lindsey and go get Mexican food (there is ALWAYS room in my budget for Mexican food). We meet up at our favorite restaurants, put away our phones, and just have a girl session where we gossip and vent over margaritas. We laugh and cry and we leave refreshed and ready to take on the week. If you have a friend like that who you can call on, take advantage of it. Go get coffee or a meal together. Put your phones away and just talk and eat/drink. It’s good for your soul!
- Go to a new area. My friend Tatyanna says that a great way she bounces back from a funk is to take a day off and drive somewhere she’s never been. Even if it’s just an hour up the road, it’s good for the soul to go visit a new town and maybe walk the shops. You don’t have to buy anything, just go explore! (She also mentioned going to hang out with her different “friends” who have a bunch of different personalities depending on which personality she has that day)
- Acknowledge that it won’t last forever. This is one of the very first things I do when I find myself slipping into a funk. It’s just a feeling, it’s not indicative of my entire character or my life. It’s just a bad time, not a bad life.
What are some ways that you’ve dug yourself out of a slump? Let me know in the comments below!