It’s happened to all of us at one point or another. You get into a bad mood which doesn’t seem to lift or get better, and before you know it you’re in a funk and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. It may last a few hours or even a few days, so here are my top tips to help you move up the emotional scale.
But before we get into that, let’s deal with those feelings that come with the funk that are less than fun.
Most people who are in a funk will experience feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, hatred or something similar, and it’s okay to have those feelings. The trick with feelings is to feel them fully and not judge them. As humans, we tend to label things (including feelings) as good or bad, but actually a feeling is just a feeling.
With that in mind, here's how to handle your feelings:
1. Witness the feeling.
2. Accept the feeling.
3. Don’t judge the feeling.
4. Do something that brings joy.
Now try the following to help get you out of that funk.
1. Eat clean.
It’s easy when you’re not feeling like yourself to get stuck in the dangerous cycle of eating junk food, but remember that food plays a huge role with mood. Eating clean, green foods not only fills your body with enzyme-rich and vitamin-fueled nutrients, but it brings vibrant positive energy and helps to improve your mental clarity, creativity overall joy and happiness.
2. Spend time in nature.
Getting outside and being reacquainted with every form of life will remind you of the beauty that exists around you always. Being aware of how beautiful and how sacred life is should help to boost your mood.
Hanging out in stillness with no one but your inner self is a surefire way to reconnect with the part of you that's always there and never changes.
4. Be thankful.
Listing all the things you're grateful for in your life can help you appreciate what you have and attract more of the good stuff to you. Either write a list each day or make a mental list while brushing your teeth, washing in the shower or running errands.
Getting that body moving will help to release feel-good neurochemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine to boost your mood. Spiritual and more gentle loving exercise like yoga or qigong will also help to get you back in flow.
6. Spend time with people and things that you LOVE.
Carve out time with your favorite people or things and indulge in doing what you truly love and are passionate about.
What do you do to pull yourself out of a funk or get yourself back in the flow?