3 Ways to Lift Yourself Out of a FUNK
The truth is – life kinda sucks when you’re down and out. And these days, it seems a lot of people out there are feelin’ stressed, worried and confused.
Things are tough. People out there are struggling with their finances – many of who are working too much with little to no time or money to enjoy life. As a whole, there are concerns about our health, safety, and overall well-being.
When you take a step back and look at all of this, it can definitely explain why so many people are in a funk. Maybe you’re one of them – and if so, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do to feel better.
The good news is, you can lift yourself out of a funk. I’ll share 3 ways you can start feeling (at least a little) better without compromising your health or your integrity.
3 Ways to Lift Yourself Out of a FUNK
1 – Choose self-awareness
When you feel like the world’s against you, it’s easy to want to escape.
Sometimes, that works, but ONLY if you use it to create a little distance for you to stop ruminating. Otherwise, you’ll keep running, but you’ll NEVER outrun your problems – or yourself. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “everywhere you go, there you are.” If you haven’t, well, now you have.Being in a funk is actually a way to get to know what’s going on inside of you. It’s an opportunity to examine your inner-world. #selfawareness #emotionalintelligenceClick To Tweet
Maybe you need to investigate some of your current belief systems that no longer work in your favor. Or, perhaps it’s just time to make some changes in your life.
Your best bet is to temporarily suspend your feelings of emotional turbulence and become an observer – of YOURSELF and your relationship with your life. Get curious about why you feel the way you do and make a promise to yourself to take charge of your circumstances with the heart of a peaceful warrior.
Believe it or not, there’s a sense of comfort from going within. The REAL you – NOT the personality is a light that shines within. Make wisdom your ultimate goal and you’ll find at least a smidgen of inner-peace. The kind that comes with being in alignment with yourself – even if THINGS don’t change for you right away.
2 – Choose well-being
You’ve probably heard people say that when they feel bad, stressed or anxious, they went for a walk, a run or went to the gym and felt better afterward.
That’s worked for me as well, but I also find that doing something that involves healthy living always lifts my spirits – even if it’s temporary.
Engaging in activities that promote strength, flexibility and overall well-being, you feel empowered. When you take charge of something (and it isn’t at the expense of yourself or others), you are capable of shifting your perspective – which may make your problems seem a little less like obstacles and – more like projects.Life is filled with things you can't always control - so when you CAN take control of something in a healthy and positive way, do it. Even if it's for a short while. #personalresponsibility #iammyimaginationClick To Tweet
So take the yoga class, make the green smoothie, listen to the Rocky theme song (which happens to be my ringtone) and choose activities that declare your intention to show yourself some dignity and respect in the face of adversity.
3 – Choose creativity
When I’m down and out, doing something artistic or creative always makes me feel better. And I’m not the only one.
In fact, you’ve probably heard many hit songs that stemmed from the broken hearts of the artists who wrote them.
This isn’t necessarily the time to ty to perfect anything, and you don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on yourself or create unrealistic expectations on the outcome.
Just allow yourself to play. Watch videos of people doing things like painting on canvas, dancing or giving guitar lessons. Or grab a journal or notepad and just start writing something, even if it’s your feelings.
Find a (healthy) hobby. Use it as an outlet and allow yourself to be a beginner if that’s what you are.
Just do something fun to take your mind off things for a while. You never know where this may lead you – but you have to make the first move.
Being in a funk feels lousy – and if you need professional help, then get it if you can.
But you can still take charge of your perspective by doing things that promote well-being, creativity, and personal empowerment – even in small ways.
My Own Example
I used to share my thoughts and insights about philosophy and life itself on my social media profile. I only did this as a form of creative self-expression – and nothing more.
This little project turned into my second book, Streetwise Philosophy. I had NO idea things would turn out this way, so it just goes to show that as long as you take some action, you never know how things will play out.
If you’re in a funk, try these ideas out. I don’t share them lightly. I’ve been in a funk plenty of times in my life and when I am, I utilize the exact techniques I discussed here. They help, even if the relief is temporary.
So try them out and let me know how it goes.