Have you ever been stuck in a funk and just don’t feel like doing anything? Unmotivated, down in the dumps, or just plain feeling like life is passing you by? It’s okay because we all go through these tough times, and you are not alone. Something that I love to do which is writing for my blog but I haven’t been able to do it in weeks or maybe months. I didn’t feel inspired, motivated, or the most common excuse in the world “I didn’t feel like it”. That has truly been my excuse lately, I don’t feel like it. I kept thinking to myself that I am not the only one that feels this way, there are so many people who aren’t doing the things they love or avoiding it because simply they don’t feel like themselves, or not in the mood. Normally when we feel this way, we wait for something or someone to come along to help us change it but I’m here to tell you otherwise. No one is going to come in and make you want to “feel like it” again. Honestly you have to do it for yourself. No one is going to tell you to shake it off or dust yourself off and try again and even if they do, it won’t matter unless YOU make that decision to. You have to be ready to put one foot in front of the other, count to five, and dive in. Below I state some of my favorite tips for getting out of a funk and back on track.
Do Something That You Love
Now I know that this can be hard because you may feel like a totally different person than the person who always does that one thing you love but you have to push through and feel uncomfortable. For me I love writing and this is my first post that I have written in a month and it feels so forced to me for this to be something that I love so much. But as they say when you do it more and more you get familiar with that feeling. Kinda like telling yourself I want that old thang back you know. Go back to the basics, do all the things that you love. This helps with “getting back to your old self” or even finding new hobbies and passions to take up.
Clean, Tidy Up
A cluttered space is a cluttered mind. If this aint the truth then I don’t know what is. I don’t know why but when my house, bathroom, or bedroom is dirty I immediately become depressed. I feel as if I can’t think, or sometimes like I can’t breathe. My anxiety will get worse around this time too because in a way it feels like a sign of not only your house out of order but your life becoming out of order. It feels like you can get swallowed whole by just not cleaning up the house and letting it get to a certain point that is uncomfortable for you. So, when you’re feeling down, I recommend cleaning up because it always helps me in gaining clarity and realizing that everything is all right and that my life is in order and on the right track.
Wash Your Sheets
Shoot I need to take my own advice on this. I’m pretty sure we don’t all wash our sheets every two weeks like we are supposed to because I sure don’t. But it’s something about clean sheets that make everything okay. I know your like what Tay??? Think about it when you come home after a long day and finally get to that bed, let’s not lie it’s a wrap. Imagine going to bed or even better yet relaxing in bed with fresh new sheets. It’s good for your mental and physical health because I don’t even want to get into how much we shed a night and just knowing you’re on fresh sheets does something to you. For the bonus you can get some of your favorite essential oils and put a few drops on your pillow, I love this especially on fresh new sheets.
Cuddle Up To A Pet
I don’t know about you but I don’t know what I would do without my dog Cloud. Sometimes I’m like how did I even go so long without having a dog or pet in my life for almost all of my life until three years ago. It’s like dogs just know! They know when you are feeling happy, sad, angry, or sick. They are so in tune with your emotions it just makes me question like how did we ever deserve dogs. They are truly a human’s best friend. Also, research shows that your stress and anxiety levels go down as soon as you cuddle up to pet. In that case they will instantly make you happy, always be there for you, and always stick with you no matter what you are going through. Let’s not forget how much of a great listener they are because sometimes we just need to let it all out and I know that I do. And of course, they can’t talk back right but anywhoo…on to the next!
This is important for us that are in these funks and just going and going on autopilot but not stopping to take time out to be kind and heal ourselves. Stop and smell the roses, wind down and take time out to assess what you need and what will make you feel good. Don’t just keep going and going because I believe that this only digs the hole deeper and deeper because I have lived through it. If it’s that glass of wine you used to love with your pasta, go for it. Maybe you been dreaming of that nice luxurious bubble bath with candles, or book you been wanting to read, find the time! Or maybe that new face mask you’ve been wanting to try that has been sitting in your draw forever, put it on. I don’t think a lot of people understand especially when in a funk that you need to do these things not only to take care of yourself but to feel alive, to know you are living, to know that you are a part of this world.
Go Take A Walk Outside
When I get heated, stressed, anxiety ridden, or unmotivated, I just take a quick 15 to 20 min walk outside. Honestly that makes things so much clearer and puts a lot of thing that I worry about in perspective. It’s like being outside with nature just releases all these different feel good emotions and helps you think better. As you are walking try to think about all the good things, think about how you had the opportunity to wake up this morning. I guess we can call it a gratitude walk because you slowly but surely realize that all of the stuff you think you can’t do or everything that is bothering you really doesn’t matter and it’s a state of fear. So, go take that walk outside and gain some clarity.
Meditation Or Yoga
Okay so if you know me know me then you know I fall asleep quick quick. This did not stop for meditation or yoga. The first time I tried yoga, my aunt and I went to a practice one on one and your girl was snoring ya’ll. Same thing when I first tried meditation listened for 1 min and was knocked out for the night. But did this stop me, no. As I did it more and more, I realized how much at peace I felt within the day. I felt like I had a purpose and that the world needed me for a reason. You might not be all yogie and meditatey (made that up) but there is something about being by yourself with your thoughts thinking about what you really want in this life and unloading everything that you don’t want. And it’s also about completely shutting down your thoughts and feeling where you are in that particular moment. Later for everyone that might think it’s weird or think you’re doing too much. This is your life and you need to do what you need to do to manifest the life you want and the person you want to be.
Listen To A Podcast Or Watch Church Online
I need my long drives to work at least two days a week listening to my favorite podcast or listening to church online. These both just motivate me so much to reach my goals and dreams, to get out of the bed every morning, and make something of myself. When I listen to my podcast, I hear all of these amazing stories of how these people were in horrible circumstances but still decided not to be a victim and took back control of their life. And church online just always remind me that the devil is always busy no matter what but, in the end, you have to know that GOD GOT IT! Okurrr! Stop worrying and beating yourself up. I read this one quote that said you are worrying about something that God already has handled and that honestly changed my ways of worrying now! I would start to worry and I’m like wait God has it handled. So, find your favorite podcast and / or your favorite church online and listen when you need some motivation, encouragement, or a little push!
Be Gentle To Yourself
Woah this is a huge one! We are our biggest critic! And I know this to be true, I can go over in my head all day if I think I did or said something wrong and just say awful things to myself. Now when I catch myself doing it, I have to give myself a prep talk to be kinder to myself and let myself know that it is okay and I am not perfect. I see this with so many people, all hating ourselves or beating ourselves up for something stupid! So always remember to be kind to yourself and wonder if someone was talking to you the way you were talking to yourself would you like it? Mmhhmm some of you guys would be willing to fight but that’s what I’m saying be kind and gentle to yourself. We are only learning as we grow and best believe we are going to make a ton of mistakes!