Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Five Ways To Get Yourself Out Of A Funk

Last week was a weird one for me.  Nothing bad happened other than my car being victim to a parking lot hit and run, but even that didn't upset me, because the damage was superficial.

I was just... in a funk, mostly about blogging.  And you know what?  I've been seeing a lot of status updates, tweets, and blog comments about being in a rut or a funk.  Whether it's the transition of seasons or the fall-out of the holidays or indigestion (just a thought, not my rut last week), here are five ways to get yourself out of that darn funk!


  1. Music.  It can literally transport to another time and place.  Turn off the TV and computer, and take some down time to clear your mind and enjoy some of your favorite tunes.  Last week, my jam was (and always is) Sara Bareilles' "King of Anything".  What a talented lady!
  2. Connect with someone.  Sometimes you just need to get your social mojo going, and sometimes it helps to seek advice.  In any case, do it sooner rather than later.  Nothing draws out a funk more than wallowing in it.  Lucky for me, I have hilarious and witty people in my life who are just a phone/Skype call away (or at home -- dear Mr. TBS).  For last week's rut, I e-mailed a few of my favorite bloggers for feedback.
  3. Get outdoors.  The world is too big and wonderful to be indoors all the time.  Unless it's blisteringly humid or below freezing, get some fresh air.  It's healthy.  It's free.  Have a picnic, sunbathe, or go for a run, if that's your cup of tea.  Get that Vitamin D!
  4. Sleep.  When I'm in a funk, lack of sleep is usually in the top three reasons why.  Sleep is important!  Your brain and your conscious need it.  Little amounts of shut-eye usually result in the unflattering eyes-half-open look (not good on anyone), incoherent bumbling, junk food gobbling, or as I learned in my junior year of high school, odd sentences about cats on fences sneaking their way into history papers.  (No joke.  Good thing I proof-read the paper in the morning.)
  5. Make a change.  Give thanks.  Try something new.  Aim to make someone else's day.  Do something on your to-do list.  Positive thinking is nice and all, but you have to put it into action for it to work.  So get movin', and change something!

There are so many other ways to get in a funk-free mood.  What works for you?  


Eliza :: Case Study said...

This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I found your blog via a re-tweet about this post! Newly following :) xoxo, e

The Remodeled Life said...

Found you through the blog hop, I'm a new follower :)...You have such a pretty blog - love it! These are all great suggestions for getting out of a funk...I always think this time of the year is the hardest for some reason.

deertale said...

Hey that was me this weekend! weird! whats going on with the blog world? must be the season for it! Glad everyone snapping out of it! xoxo

Jess said...

I do ALL of these things when I'm in a funk and they almost always work!
My favorite are going outside and listening to music - gets my spirits up every time :)

I liked this post. I'm a list kinda girl.

Hope you're having a more than awesome Tuesday, Linds:)

Amira said...

Yes! Sometimes you just have to be outside, and smell fresh air! I work in an office 8 hours a day so I always feel a little stir crazy come the evening!

Whitney said...

Where's your favorite place to go outside in Houston? It's such a beautiful day today!

Michelle said...

Mmm, what a good list! Seriously, turning on music and baking almost always makes me feel instantly better. Or grabbing my iPod and hitting the gym.


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

So sorry to hear about your car! Movies always cheer me up!!!

Michelle @ The Vintage Apple said...

Love all these!!! Especially the music one. Music really helps me get back on track!!! Especially at work!!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!!

Justine said...

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Unknown said...

good list!

Liz said...

Awesome tips!!

Unpublished Life said...

Oh my goodness, yes. I can completely relate to the blogging funk ... just not feeling like you have anything meaningful to write about or contribute for the day. It can be frustrating.

For me, I get out of my funk by watching a rom com and eating junk food (the more calorific the better). That helps!


Katie Price said...

Sleep makes a HUGE difference! Great ideas.

For me, I like to get a margarita with a friend. Nothing like some girl time to turn up the happiness factor!