As I am typing this, I am feeling down and trying my best to bring myself out of that mood before it completely takes over. Lately, it has felt like one day I’m super productive and energized and the next I’m in a funk and my biggest struggle is getting out of bed. I’m sure many of you can relate to this feeling, which is why I wanted to type up a post of some ways that I try to either pull myself out of this feeling or stop the feeling dead in its tracks. So keep on reading if you want to learn how I get out of a funk.
Get Yourself Dressed
I posted a photo on instagram a few weeks ago about how just putting on makeup or changing out of my sweats really changes my mood. When I look better I feel better and I know that there is probably no science to back that up, but it really works. I feel more energized, more alert and more like myself. Even if I change out of my loose fitting sweats and baggy sweatshirt into some leggings and a t-shirt I start to feel better. When I look like a slug, I behave like a slug. So, if you are reading this in your sweats and oversized sweatshirt and you are feeling down, try changing even if you have no plans to leave the house. It might help.
Listen to Music
I know that for me, my go-to when I am feeling in a funk is to crank up some music that just makes me happy. I’m currently working on creating a playlist on Spotify that is titled, “Lift My Mood,” and I’ll turn to it when I need a boost. I’m trying to become aware of songs that make me feel happy, put me in a good headspace, or just make me feel like the empowered badass woman that I am and I add it to the list. Sometimes when I am feeling really down, I put on one of the songs from my playlist and literally dance around my room. Have no shame, and try it out. Also, I’m always on the hunt for more songs, so if you have some that are your go-tos, comment them below!
Endorphins, Endorphins, Endorphins
Get your body moving and your blood flowing! I have been on a serious hot yoga kick lately and the way that I feel after a class is amazing! Sometimes getting myself there is so difficult but that is always the hard part. Once I am there I feel zen and grounded and by the time I leave I feel ready to tackle my day. Although, I do have days where I go to hot yoga, leave feeling refreshed and then after a few short hours, I start to feel down again. Sometimes I need to combine a few of these tactics together to really get myself feeling back to normal.
Ill Be There For You
Cue the F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme song 🙂 So fun fact about me (if you don’t already know) but I LOVE the Investigation Discovery channel. I’m obsessed with true crime and 9 times out of 10 I will have that station on the television. But, when I am feeling down, turning the TV on and watching shows about murder doesn’t really fill up my happy tank and get me feeling good again, so instead I like to put on a show like FRIENDS or The Office. Sometimes I pay attention, other times I just use them as background noise while I try to work on something else, but they are lighthearted and funny and always cheer me up. I’m sure you have a show like this, so when you are feeling not the best, turn it on and let your fictional friends raise your spirits.
Coffee: The Cure For Everything
Hi, my name is Kendall and I am addicted to coffee. But for real, coffee is my favorite part of my morning, and whether I am in a slump mentally, or just feeling tired physically, I turn to coffee. Now, coffee doesn’t necessarily lift my spirits for the whole day, but it does make me feel better even if it is for the short-term. It does give me energy (sometimes), which helps to motivate me and bring me out of my funk. Honestly, you could tell me that coffee does absolutely nothing for my body, mentally or physically and ya girl would still drink it.
Find Your Person
Find that special someone that you can turn to and they can help pull you out of your funk. My person is my boyfriend, but they can be your sister, brother, mother, father, best friend, barista, babysitter, whoever. Find someone that you can connect with on that level and who you can reach out to when you need it. When I’m feeling down I’ll talk to my boyfriend and we will figure out why I’m feeling the way that I am (if there is an identifiable reason) and he will help cheer me up. I truly don’t know what I would do without him and I feel so lucky to have him in my corner!
Thank you for reading! I hope some of these help you and if you have other tips or tricks, comment them below. I do want to say though that if you are consistently feeling down or are suffering from severe depression I would suggest talking to a professional.
lots of love