A “funk” can last a day, a week, a few months, or even longer if you let it. I’m writing this because I’m currently in one! No matter how perfect someone’s life may seem, we all go through them from time to time. I wrote out a list to help anyone who’s going through something similar. Maybe we can slowly get out of it together:
Acknowledge & Express Your Emotions
Pretending everything is ok isn’t healthy. Sometimes we make our schedules so busy and put so much on our plate so that we don’t think about what is bothering us. Write it out, cry it out, draw it out, talk it out. Acknowledge why you’re so sad and feel it. If you keep pushing it to the side, it will eventually catch up to you.
Nostalgia has been ruining my life lately and it’s the main reason I’m in a funk. It’s such a bittersweet emotion because as much as we miss the past, how lucky are we to have a pass to miss? Focus on today, and let those nostalgic memories help you create more special ones to add to the book. One day, you’ll probably be fantasizing about right now, and the best thing to do is just be present.
Social media is great but it’s also extremely toxic. It’s become a place we go to to pass time or avoid awkward situations. I can’t even begin to explain how much time I waste on it. Honestly, I wish I could just delete it all sometimes! Delete your favorite apps for a week, only check Instagram once a day, or listen to a podcast instead of scrolling through twitter on your morning commute. It’s very refreshing, and very very eye opening when you find yourself constantly going to click your favorite app. A cleanse will help you connect better with yourself and keep out anything that is distracting you from doing that.
Reading is the most amazing way to escape and put yourself into someone else’s mind. It can be entertainment or it can be informative. Whatever you’re interested in, find a book that will teach you more about it. If you’re down, find a book that will lift you up. So many books have changed my life and have completely switched the way view it. I often times start a book and end it with much more knowledge and understanding of all kinds of things. If you have no one to talk to or no one you know that relates to you, I promise there is a book out there that could help you.
We grow up and grow apart from our family and friends we thought would never leave our sides. We focus on the wrong things and abandon people that we shouldn’t have. It’s life. Spend more time with your parents, call your grandparents more, or get lunch with your best friend from high school that you haven’t seen in months. The people that truly love you will always be there, especially when you really need it.
Take a walk to your favorite park or set up a comfy corner in your room and just breathe. We have these daily problems that we think are so big, but in reality, we are so small, and our problems are even smaller. Relax and reset. Forgive yourself. Find peace in silence and comfort in taking a break. Even if you have a million things to do, you should always find 10 minutes out of the day to take a deep breath and meditate.
What’s something that fulfills you? Do you do it enough? You don’t have to make money from it or make friends from it, you just have to genuinely enjoy it. For me, that is dancing, but I can’t remember the last time I took a dance class. We often don’t take time for the things we love because life gets in the way, and then we wonder why we go crazy. I try to dance a little bit in my apartment each day. If you don’t have a hobby that makes you happy, go try something new!
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Whether it is trying a new job, new restaurant, new album to listen to, etc., go see what is out there. If you’re in a funk, you’re clearly not happy! Make your current situation the best it can be by acknowledging that you’re not happy and find things that do make you happy. You’ll never go further if you don’t at least tryyyy.
Being a better person always makes me feel better. Do more for other people and you’ll notice how much you’ll feel fulfilled. Giving doesn’t mean going out and buying stuff for people. It’s the little things like complimenting someone or checking up on someone. Giving feels SO good.
Take Care of Yourself
Eat good foods, clean your room, spend a little extra time getting ready in the morning, and just overall be good to yourself. If you haven’t gotten out of bed in a few days, get up, put on a kickass outfit, and take on the day. If your room is so messy you want to cry every time you look at it, clean it up and get your stuff in order. Little things like that really help.
As you look over these steps, remember that only you can get yourself out of a funk. You’re completely in control of how you feel and live your life, no one can do that for you. So if you want to see change, you have to be willing to make it.