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8 Quick Ways to Lift Yourself Out of a Funk

Do you ever have days where you feel like you don’t want to do it?  Any of it? The to-do list is staring you in the face, but you’d rather sit down on the sofa and waste the day away with your good buddy Netflix.

We’ve all been there.  It’s especially hard to get motivated during times where we’re all but discouraged from leaving our homes or getting out of town. When you’re in the funk as I like to refer to it, it can feel next to impossible to get your mind back on track.

Some funks are only a few hours, but others can last for days, weeks, or months.  It’s up to you to take care of yourself over the long-term with proper sleep, nutrition, and fitness.  But when the day demands productivity, and the to-do list isn’t doing itself, use one of these tried-and-true methods to lift yourself out of a funk quickly.

Eat a snack

Sometimes eating a little something can help lift your spirits.  And if you haven’t had enough calories or proper nutrition yet today, it can give you the boost of energy you need to get going. I have several go-to snacks like an apple and peanut butter or a paleo bar and fruit. I’d encourage you to come up with 2 to 3 healthy, nutritious snacks you can keep on hand to fuel your body and mind when you sense the funk coming on.

Listen to a favorite song

Find your favorite artist or song and listen to 5-10 minutes of music to pep you up.  It’s okay to get into it and shake your groove thing a bit too.  The combination of melody and movement will change your mindset before you can say “shake it off.”

Phone a friend

Sometimes talking to a good friend or family member can be enough to turn your attitude around.  Sharing recent events and bonding with another person releases feel-good hormones that will carry you through the rest of your day.

Send a letter

If you’d rather not chit chat with a friend or family member, send them a quick note letting them know you’re thinking about them.  The best part about sending a letter is that often you can look forward to receiving one in return!

Get on the floor with your furbabies

Our dog can pretty much always be coaxed into playing and the cat is always down to get some pets.  Spending a few minutes petting an animal or playing can be a good way to relieve stress and put a smile back on your face. Plus it’s good for them too!

Practice deep breathing

It’s amazing the difference in mindset after just a moment of sitting quietly. Try this:

  • Sit down and close your eyes.
  • Take a deep breath in for 5 seconds, then let it out again for 5.
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times, then open your eyes. 
  • If it worked, the room got a little brighter, and you’re feeling a little calmer.
  • Repeat throughout the day as needed to bring your mind back to a place of stability.

Take a nap

When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap. Or something like that. Sometimes you truly do just roll out of bed on the wrong side.  Taking a 20-minute power nap (or longer if your body needs it) can set your mood right on your second waking of the day.

Get outside for a few

A 10-minute walk and a bit of sunshine is a surefire way to brighten up.  If you can, leave the phone behind and listen to the sound of your shoes on the pavement.  Let your walk act as a moving meditation to bring you into the present moment.

Do you have another foolproof way to pull yourself out of a funk?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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