I've been in such a funk lately, what can I do to shake it off?
It's Oprah's world and we're all just living in it.
I consider the beginning of September the beginning of a new year, so this is a perfect time to get out of a rut. I wish you would have specified what kind of funk - a career funk, love funk, fitness funk, fashion funk...you get where I'm going with this. Since I don't know, I'm going to consider it a general funk, one that seems to be seeping into all parts of your life. We all get these, so here are some things you can do. A few are totally materialistic/surface and others you may not have the money or time to do, but I listed what I know helps me and others.
- Clean out your closet, sell, donate, organize, and reward yourself with a few new pieces (quality over quantity, basics). Feeling good on the outside definitely helps feeling good on the inside. Move on to the rest of your home, cleansing the space and beginning anew.
- Frequent manicures and pedicures. It's crazy what having my nails and toenails professionally done does for my motivation. It's like having that one small part of your life together makes you feel you can conquer other, bigger things as well. Or maybe that's just me.
- A mini makeover, like a new haircut or lipstick, can do wonders.
- Sign up for a workout class, make yourself go for a hike, run, really anything physical. As Elle Woods taught us, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy". Also, it's the whole looking good on the outside, feeling good on the inside concept again.
- Read something inspirational and motivational, or just read for the love of reading. Take some time for yourself and escape into a world that makes you use your brain and feel the vast array of human emotions.
- Create an inspiration board filled with people you admire, fashion, hair, beauty, health and fitness aspirations, quotes you love, places you want to visit or have visited that hold a special place in your heart, a life to do list, a mantra, things you promise to do and not to do (I won't tear myself down, I will appreciate what I have).
- This may seem silly, but read magazines and blogs or watch a movie or television show that you secretly wish was your life. A little jealously and imagination can sometimes be exactly what you need to get yourself in gear. The mood tends to rub off on you, and while it isn't exactly the real thing, keep faking it till you make it. Think of someone you think kicks ass, and walk around pretending to be them. So and so would wake up early to run, would never be unprepared for a meeting, would always walk out the door looking her best. Just make sure the jealously doesn't become hateful and draining, constantly comparing yourself and making yourself feel bad. Instead, use it to make yourself better, "If they can do it, why can't I?"
- Get on a good schedule. When you're in a rut it is easy to slip into bad habits. Staying up late, sleeping in even later, never having time to fit in a workout, eating at erratic times and whatever you can get your hands on. You get the picture.
- Speaking of food, look at what you're eating. Those choices could be directly linked to how you're feeling. Drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, and stay away from processed foods. You'll feel a difference.
- If you've been spreading yourself too thin, going to this event and that, put "me" time at the top your priority list. If you have become a recluse, get yourself back out there.
- Travel if you have the money to do so. If you need inspiration, go to a city bursting with art and culture. If you need to relax and take a step back, go to a spa or yoga retreat, or just a lovely bed and breakfast near a lake or the ocean. You can do some of that reading I was talking about.
- Make a list of the things you're least happy with in your life right now. What are some simple things you can do to change them? Nothing drastic, like quitting your job with no back up plan, but maybe start looking for a new one. And since you do have a job, you have the luxury of taking your time to find another you'll really love. Then make a list of the things you're most happy with or bring you the most joy. Concentrate on those things, try and incorporate them into your life more often. If there is a pottery class you're taking that is your solace right now, make sure to sign up for the next one, if your grandmother is your rock, make a standing date for you two every week.
- You could also make a list of the things you want in life. What you want most, what you want for the future, your goals. Then in small ways start implementing how you can achieve them. While similar to the above, this is focused more on your goals, where you want to end up and how you want to get there, while the above is focusing on what makes you happiest and making sure to include those things in your life as frequently as you can and cutting out what makes you unhappy. Add the lists to your inspiration board for a constant reminder.
Here's to a "new year" and a new you!