“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”
How to get out of a funk?
You could say that I’m in one right now. I don’t know if it’s a “funk” per say, but I’ve just been unmotivated, low on energy and just overall blah. I think I’ve also been focused more on the negatives than the positives (which is a big no-no). So what better topic to write about than something that I’m currently tackling? To help myself and anyone else reading that feels a similar type of way.
… So you’ve been feeling this way for a while. You’ve been stuck for a while. You don’t like feeling this way.
- Decide– Decide you want to get yourself out of it. Take this first step and decide, and once you decide, tell yourself that you are solid on your decision.
- Release– Write or talk out everything that you’re experiencing, how it is making you feel and why.
- Brainstorm– Establish the reasons you need to put effort into getting yourself out of this “funk”, and how you want to go about doing so. What are the steps you have to take, how and when you will apply them. The actions you will take will be depending on what your “funk” consists of, and the reasons why you’re feeling the way you do.
- Tackle– Take the necessary steps to getting yourself out of this funk.
If you realize that you’re low on energy and unmotivated because you’re actually physically and mentally exhausted or burnt out, don’t think the answer to this is to push yourself to work and force yourself to get motivated. You need to rest and be gentle. Give your body and mind the time it needs to recoup and rest. Although, if you know that you’re truly just being lazy and not in the mood to do anything and the root of it is NOT that you actually need to rest, then this is the time you need to get motivated. So how do you get motivated? How do you enhance your energy? How do you get back on track?
- Make a list of major motivators for you and keep it for whenever you need it. Everyone gets motivated by different things, but as an example/guideline I’ll list a few motivators of mine:
– Cozy setups that appeal to all 5 senses. For example, if I want to get motivated to write I make sure that the area I want to sit and write in is comfortable, that the lighting is the right amount of bright so that I am focused and awake, that there’s a nice smelling candle burning in the background, that I have a treat and/or beverage beside me. Another example is if I want to get motivated to workout, that I have a comfortable and cute set of workout clothes ready, that my pre and post-workout snacks are prepared, that my workout playlist is ready and so on.
-Preparation. You are not going to be motivated with a messy home. You are not going to be motivated if you have a bunch of things running in the back of your mind. You are not going to be motivated if you haven’t carved out enough time in your day to do whatever it is you need motivation to do. Have everything planned and set up in a way that is going to make it more likely that you will be motivated to tackle whatever you need to do.
-Picture your end-goal. If you think about why is it you want to do whatever you want to do, you are more likely to be motivated to do it.
- Focus on the start of your day. I think that the beginning of the day has a huge effect on what your whole day will look like. Do things that ensure you will have a good, full, rich day. Things like making your bed in the morning, drinking a glass of water, having a healthy breakfast, working out really early in the morning, stretching, listening to motivating speeches, podcasts or music. All these things are ways that you can use to set yourself up for success.
- Night time is important too. If you are well rested, you will wake up feeling good. The last thing you absorb before you go to sleep also has an effect on your mood the next day. So avoid things like reading the news, or watching anything that will make you feel negative in any way. Instead, read/watch/listen to something that is motivating and positive. That way you will most likely wake up feeling good.
- If all else fails, consider that you simply just need a change. A change of scenery (go out and do something new, go somewhere new, road trip, travel), or a change of routine, maybe your current routine isn’t working for you, maybe you’re bored of the same thing every day. Do something different. Be more spontaneous and do things you wouldn’t normally do.
Finally, just remember that it happens to even the best of us. It’s normal. Some days are off, and sometimes this “off” feeling lingers for more than just one day. Don’t let it get the best of you. You are in control.