How to Get Out of a Funk

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We've all been there for one reason or another--on any given day we wake up & without any warning, proceed to be stuck in a funk. I believe my state of mind is affected by anxiety which leads to a dark hole of social anxiousness & depression. For instance, if I feel like i'm not living up to the expectations of people around me I can fall into this pit. Or if I let 'need to do' items pile up i'll fall down this slippery slope & become one funk stuck Jordan. This isn't a list to tell you to snap out of it. Quite the contrary. It's a suggestive list that includes items which have helped me to return to a peaceful state of mind amidst otherwise anxious circumstances. I hope it helps you too.

--Take a long, hot shower. Shave your legs, deep condition your hair & treat yourself like you are deserving of the extra time spent on self-care. Because you are. Use your best smelling lotion when you get out. It will linger throughout the day & you'll feel like a million bucks. Trust me.

--Deep clean your home. I know, I know. This sounds like extra work on a day you'd rather curl up & hide, but that's the point. Push yourself to do something that will take effort so that you feel useful. A deep cleaned home also feels good & you will, in turn, feel happier as a result. I also recommend Britney Spears Pandora during said cleaning--& a sporadic dance party.

--Give yourself a DIY mani/pedi/facial. Choose happy colors (mine are raspberry & robin's egg blue). Use a relaxing facial formula & follow up with a calming lotion. Anything with lavender should do the trick.

--Read an inspiring book. I've been reading At Home with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott. It's a great read which emphasizes the importance of staying present & doing little things for yourself daily.

--Step away from the computer! And the phone, the t.v., the ipad, etc...take a pen & notebook to your local park & get some fresh air instead. Go for a walk! Clear your mind without attempting to fill it with world news, updates from acquaintances & so forth. The constant tech exposure will not only add anxiety but will also take away time spent learning about yourself.

--Eat a healthy meal. Or a full days worth! You can go to bed with the satisfaction of knowing you gained nutrients throughout the day.

--Get creative. I've recently been on an adult coloring book kick. Check them out HERE or at your local Barnes & Noble. Write a poem. Scrapbook. Anything that will take your mind from a dim place & shed some light on your talents.

--Talk to Jesus. This really should be up at the top but this isn't a number ordered list. I know that I can get so anxious & wrapped up in personal trials that I think I can just continue handling it all myself. But we don't have to. The minute I open my mouth to ask God for help or open my bible to gain clarity is the moment I can breathe again. Contentment washes over me. We may not have the problems causing our anxiety answered, but the truth is that we aren't in this alone.

--Call your mom and your best friend. They know you extremely well. The goofy side of you, the sad side & every side in between. They also want the best for you & will provide the words you need in that moment.

--Do something childish. I don't mean fall back on your maturity & act a fool. I mean build a fort, play board games, throw water balloons, color...anything to bring childhood joy to your life. You will laugh & ease away the anxious pain.

--Make up a personal daily mantra & repeat it until you can breathe easy. This also helps if you're prone to anxiety attacks or social anxiety. One i've used is 'I am not alone. You will never leave me. You are always for me.' also, 'Calm down & be present. You are worthy.' You can use mine or create a personal one depending on your own circumstances. They are so helpful!

--Wake up early & finish up every item on your to-do list. If this list is a mountain high, take on a set number each day for a week and set out to accomplish them. If you have deadlines from people depending on your work--finish them NOW. You will feel so much better in the end.

If you are in a funk & feel like there's no way you'll get out, I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone & handle it differently this time around. You can do it! To quote highschool Musical, we're all in this together!

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