4 Tips to Get Out of Your Funk
By Mary Spiegelberg
We are all destined to get into a funk every now and then. Whether it’s just for a day or it lasts a couple weeks, feeling “off” is never fun. Quality of life is EVERYTHING, so here are four tips to help you fight the funk.
1. Wakeup grateful
Before you get out of bed and start your morning routine think about three things you are truly grateful for. Take time to reflect on the reasoning behind your pickings and why they were chosen. Today I am grateful for the bed I woke up in because it offered me a cozy place to rest in order to save up the energy needed to conquer this day!
2. Feel feelings
Often times we feel pressured to suppress feelings in order to get through the work day. While this may be needed in a professional setting, it is not needed at home. Your home, or car drive home, is a safe place to be vulnerable and feel. Allow yourself to feel sad, lonely, stressed, or whatever it may be. Invest in a self-proclaimed pity party and get dinner with friends, turn off your cell phone, and/or take a much needed nap. Do something that makes you truly happy and “reset.” But here is the catch, put a time limit on your pity party. Tell yourself that after your night or day of clemency it is time to go out and take on the world again.
3. Accomplish something, anything
Feeling overwhelmed and unaccomplished? Set a tangible goal you know you can reach by the end of the week and write it down; it can be as simple as getting to the gym an extra day this week or cooking a new Dolce-inspired meal. A weekly goal too much? Set a goal for the next hour. The key is to get the productive ball rolling. Completing a task gives a sense of accomplishment and will give you the motivation you need to set your next goal.
Probably the most simple and critical step to fighting the funk. Take 10 seconds and close your eyes. Clear your mind and focus solely on taking deep breaths in and out. Remember, it cannot rain forever and the sunshine is only a day away when you choose to see it. You are strong. You are capable. You can do this.
Future dietitian currently pursuing a degree in Dietetics and Food Administration with a minor in Food Science at Cal State Long Beach. Primary field of concentration in Sports Nutrition. Member of UCLA’s Performance Nutrition Team who work to fuel, sustain and improve performance of collegiate athletes. Newport Beach native and proud owner of Hooked Boxing, LLC. Spin, fight and travel enthusiast! 1>