Stuck in a RUT? A FUNK? A BAD MOOD? This happens to me ALL of the time. Especially since starting my own business, I find it happens more often.
I remember feeling this way in middle school, high school, and throughout college as well. Here’s what it feels like, and maybe you can relate:
Suddenly, you’re tired all of the time. All you want to eat is junk food. You don’t feel like going to your extra curricular activities. You roll out of bed to get to class on time, not caring a bit what you look like.
That last part is, well, fine actually. But there is something to be said for someone who gets up on time, takes a shower, and starts the day fresh. It makes for a fresh and clear mind.
Point being this: bad moods don’t stop happening once you “grow up” – getting in a FUNK is part of life, but here are some of my favorite ways to try and snap out of it!
1. TURN EVERYTHING OFF – literally. Turn off your phone, computer, and lights. Lie down on your bed or couch. Sometimes I do this for 10 minutes, sometimes an hour. It’s like a nap for your soul. Pray or meditate. Or just do nothing.
2. GET OUTSIDE – this is the best and quickest way to get out of a funk. Getting a breath of fresh air can do wonders for your mood.
3. GO ON A WALK – get the blood flowing, go on a walk and get lost in your thoughts. This is so therapeutic. Get a game plan for what you’re going to do once you get home from your walk. Maybe you’ll start dinner, do a mask on your face, paint your nails, or make that dreaded to-do list!
4. GET COFFEE WITH A FRIEND – if you’re like me, then you’re inspired and motivated a lot by others. Any time I get together with a mom boss or other women who are also trying to make a name for themselves, I leave so inspired and ready to take on the world.
5. MAKE A LIST – a lot of times, my “funk” can be caused by anxiety that is caused by an endless to-do list that I haven’t made yet. Make a freaking list. It helps.
6. EXERCISE – Figure out a way to exercise! Endorphins are EVERYTHING. Join a gym that has community classes. I find it very boring and lonely to go to the gym and workout alone. But if I go to an actual class with other people who have the same goal, I get so motivated. Start building this into your daily routine.
7. CALL YOUR MOM – or your best friend, dad, a relative, anyone. Call for no reason. Just chat.
8. GET IN THE KITCHEN – I find cooking or baking really relaxing. It requires you to shut everything else out for a moment, because you have to focus on a recipe. Turn some music on, pour your favorite beverage, and cook the blues away! BONUS: it’s almost immediately rewarding, as you see your hard work as soon as you’re done.