As motivated as I try to be on most days, some days I just get into a complete funk. It’s a pain in the butt because, not only do I feel like absolute crap, but it’s usually on a day that I’ve got SO much to do. So these are just a few methods I use to get through a long, funk of a day.
1. Make a list
Making sure I’ve got a list of everything I want or need to achieve for the day can be a little daunting, but it gives me a clear picture of what I need to get done, and helps me to remember it all. Whenever I make the list, I don’t have a strict mindset that means I have to get everything done. Instead, the list is a guideline to keep me going in the right direction, not another psychological bat to punish myself with. I then like to set small goals, such as, in the next half an hour, I will eat my breakfast and have a shower. Similar to Hugh Grant in About A Boy (I got this idea from my boyfriend).
2. Tough love
I find giving myself a bit of tough love can be the motivation I need to get me started. I am a big fan of tough love. Some of the strongest, most inspiring women I know are straight shooters that, without judgement, tell me what I need to hear that no one else will tell me, and have changed my life for the better. But sometimes I know that I don’t need them to give me that boot up the bum; I know what I need to do, they just recognise that and give it right back to me. So, without insulting myself, I am honest with myself and remind myself that even if something is hard, I will be a better person for getting it done.
3. Ask for help
The worst thing you can do when you’re in a real funk is to expect to be a superwoman/superman and still get yourself through it, when deep down, you know you just aren’t up to the task. Asking for help could be as simple as asking a friend to go for a walk with you, asking your partner to make dinner tonight, asking for some insight for a task, or simply asking a friend to be the ear you need to talk to or a hug. It never hurts to ask.
4. Take time out
Even if you do have an endless list of tasks to get done, it’s important to take a step away and give yourself a break. Meditation can be really good for this if you have the time, but at the very least, take a step back, close your eyes and take three deep breaths. I find it best to log out of social media for a while (I am ALWAYS on social media), have a cuppa or a glass of water and if I can, I take some time out outdoors. I find when I’m in a funk, social media makes it worse very easily, so I remind myself to log out and move forward.
Going for a walk, swim, run, yoga, pilates, gym sesh, kick-to-kick at a park, whatever you enjoy, can sometimes be the best, yet the most difficult thing to do when you are in a funk. Exercise not only gives you endorphins to boost your mood, but breaks down cortisol, the stress hormone that interrupts healthy sleep, encourages the deposition of fat around your belly, and disturbs the normal function of other hormones in your body. Even if you don’t feel 100% better after you exercise, you will feel a bit better than you would if you just sat there, beating yourself up or procrastinating, and it’ll boost your motivation, always.
6. Treat yo’self
That’s right. As long as you don’t over-indulge, giving yourself a treat can often soothe your sadness and help you through. Some of my favourite ways are; cooking, having a sweet or salty treat (homemade raw chocolate peanut butter cups from The Whole Pantry app – wot-whahht!!), a cup of my favourite tea, or watching an episode of a TV show (iView has Please Like Me at the moment – yes!!). Just don’t beat yourself up about it. A little indulgence can make all the difference on a funk day, so treat yo’self!
How do you get through a funk?