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5 Tips for Getting Out of a Funk

None of us likes being in a funk. And no, I’m not talking about funk like how your gym bag smells in the corner of your room after you haven’t aired it out for a while. By funk, I mean a general sense of unhappiness or a state of not feeling like yourself that lasts anywhere from a few days to a week. It’s important to know that getting into a funk is a normal part of being human, and we’ve all experienced it. Plus, the good news is that there are a few things you can start to do right away to get yourself out of that funk. So, let’s take a look at 5 tips for getting out of a funk so that you can fire your old self and start living your best life. 

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1. Take A Legitimate Break

Often when we feel overwhelmed or in a funk, it can be because we have a lot going on in our lives. So, it’s important that when you feel this way, you take a legitimate break from some of the stressors in your life, whether that’s work, family life, relationships, you name it. Of course, this is more easily said than done; however, it’s critical to do so that you can give yourself a moment to recognize and begin to displace the funk that you’re in. When we take a break and chunk out some quality time for ourselves, we can gain a new attitude towards the things that happen to us and shift our perspective to a more positive state to release ourselves from the funk. Personally, one way that I ensure I don’t get overwhelmed with work or home life and slip into a funk is by always taking Sundays off. Pretty much no matter what, I always have Sundays as a free day to either relax on the couch with my dogs watching Netflix or get a bunch of things done around the house for the coming week. To me, having this time is essential – so when you feel like you’re in a funk, remember it’s important to take some legitimate time to yourself. Having a bit of a break will let you come back with a fresh mindset and help you begin to mold yourself into the best version of yourself and love the life you live.  

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2. Increase Your Interactions 

Although sometimes a funk can be brought on by the stress of being around certain people, sometimes the right person or even a pet can help you start to feel better. Therefore, one of the best ways to get yourself out of a funk is to increase your interactions. For example, my best friend has a lot going on in her life currently – between car-hunting AND job-hunting at the same time – she’s definitely overwhelmed and feeling like she’s in a bit of a funk right now. When she reached out and told me this, I asked what I could do to help and when I could see her. She invited me to come to hot yoga with her, to which I was a little hesitant at first. We comprised on warm dynamic flow yoga, and it was great to get to see my best friend while also getting a sweat on in such a relaxing environment. Afterward, she told me it was exactly what she needed, which made me feel better that our interaction could help her begin to move forward in a more positive mindset. My friend is a perfect example of how increasing your interactions is a good step to start getting out of a funk, resetting your perspective, and getting back to living your best life.

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3. Up Your Self-Care Game 

When we’re in a funk, one of the first things to go is our self-care regiment. That’s why, when you’re not feeling your best, it’s even more important to up your self-care game. Whether it’s a candlelit bubble bath, squishy face mask, or going to warm dynamic flow yoga with your bestie, self-care is essential to feeling like your best self. Some other things that we may not pay as much attention to if we’re feeling in a funk are getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, engaging in hobbies you enjoy, and moving your body. In other words, when you’re in a funk, it’s super easy just to want to hide away, maybe watch some Netflix with me and my dogs, and try to forget any troubles you might be facing. However, by getting up and engaging in some self-care, you can signal to your brain that you take importance over the situation and begin to rewire the messages (of unhappiness, stress, and overwhelm) being sent around your body. Personally, I like to shower, complete my convoluted hair routine, get in some cozy pj’s, and read a book while enjoying some tea. This is what I would call my ultimate self-care mode – do you know what yours is? In the end, learning to up your self-care game is a crucial step when you’re trying to shake off a funk and fire your old self to live your best life. 

4. Find Your Flow 

As mentioned above, one of the most important things for me each week is to have my guaranteed Sunday to myself. This is because I have found my flow, just as you need to! By finding your flow, you accurately know exactly what you need in order to continue feeling rested and in a positive mindset. However, finding a balanced routine among all of the daily practices you have can be challenging. One suggestion would be to start by integrating one routine at a time. Eventually, as you establish more routines, a certain flow will emerge that you can become accustomed to. Now, I also understand that this ‘flow’ I’m mentioning can become a monotonous drone, in which case, it’s counterproductive to getting out of a funk. That’s why it’s important to have open self-dialogue, so you can recognize this flow you’ve gotten into that you don’t like and work to change it. It’s never too late to realize that your current flow isn’t working either – that’s a lie we’ve been told to keep us stagnant and without growth. Finding your flow is necessary for growth as well as for getting out of a funk and learning to be your best self.

5. Unplug to Reconnect with Yourself 

Arguably one of the best ways to get out of a funk is taking some time to unplug and reconnect with yourself. This kind of goes back to the take a break strategy; however, in this one, I challenge you to make it even more mindful. Set times of the day where your phone is nowhere around you (first thing in the morning is a great time to be unplugged) and watch how you begin to reconnect with yourself without having a screen in front of you. Maybe you’ll start journaling or reading a book within the time you would have usually spent scrolling on your phone. Perhaps it’s just the one quiet moment in your whole day where you can enjoy your coffee in peace away from life’s stresses. Unplugging to reconnect with yourself will help you find this flow I keep saying is important as well. You might even find you appreciate unplugging so much that you begin to do it 30 minutes before bed and for 30 minutes after you wake up each morning! Setting away our devices opens up the mental capacity for you to have honest conversations with yourself and ultimately get yourself out of the funk you’ve been experiencing so that you can truly live your best life. 

Final Thoughts 

Although we all deal with being in a funk some time or another, it’s never a fun place to be. The first step is being honest with yourself and recognizing that you feel this way so you can begin to make meaningful changes within your life. Upon noticing you’re overwhelmed or in a funk, perhaps try taking a legitimate break from some of the stressors in your life for a while. Whether that’s a whole week or just one weekend is up to you. Next, remember that those who love you are there to support you, and by increasing your interactions, you can begin to shake the funk away. Furthermore, integrating routine and upping your self-care game is essential to fight these feelings so that you can find your flow and what works for you best. Lastly, and perhaps the biggest challenge of all, put your darn phone down and listen to your body! Journal it out or take some time to explore a new book – just stop scrolling Instagram all day long and do something for yourself. By integrating these 5 tips for getting out of a funk, you will be sure to improve your mindset so that you may ultimately fire your old self to create your new self while remembering Life’s Short, Love the Life You Live! 

Dani VanDusen

Dani VanDusen is a freelance writer and editor located in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. She holds a BA in English from the University of Alberta where she graduated with distinction, and has been freelancing since the middle of the pandemic. An avid mental health enthusiast, rollerblade extraordinaire, dog mama, and pizza lover, she is a self-proclaimed ‘weirdo’ and says that this helps her be relatable and open in her writing. Dani has been a writer for the Fire Yourself movement since August 2021 and is an integral part of our content team.
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