Every so often I get out of my routine and find myself in a funk. It happens when I get sick, or overwhelmed, and tired. It helps to remember that this happens to everyone. We go on vacation, get involved in a work or personal projects that take us off schedule, and it’s only when we find ourselves suddenly not feeling so great that we realize, we’re off our game. Next time you feel down for not taking care of yourself, instead of beating yourself up or making yourself feel worse, I hope you remember that this happens to all of us and we can always reset. We don’t have to wallow or punish ourselves we can simply take the steps we know work for us.
I’ve pulled together a list of the things I do that help me get out of a funk and feel better. They are simple steps that shift my perspective. They help me to move towards love and care for myself instead of punishment – which never works. Have you ever punished a child and then had them feel pleased? Of course not, they’re hurt and tired and likely crying. If we truly want to change our behavior patterns we need to give more love, not less.
- Fresh fruits, vegetables, and nourishing meals that comfort can change the way your body feels and functions.
Meditate – To learn more about how, I wrote a blog on starting your meditation practice.
Travel – or try a new restaurant, even a small shift can be exciting!
Read – for fun or information but I prefer an actual book. My phone screen can be draining.
Call a friend – Studies show that people with strong social ties have a 50% lower risk of dying.
Relax – Take frequent breaks
Create – Sing, dance, draw for fun. Whatever you like to do make a little time in your day for it!
Laugh – Monty Python does it for me but find an old standby and let yourself laugh!
- It never hurts to help someone else, I often find it feels good to remember how much I have to share.
I hope the list above serves you. What other practices do you use to get yourself out of a funk?