I wrote in a recent Friday newsletter (if you aren’t subscribed please do) about seasonal depression and how the winter months are super hard for me. It can be really easy to feel unlike yourself as winter continues on or really any time. If you are looking for ways to get out of a funk, this post will be very helpful!
11 Ways To Get Out Of A Funk
Go outside if you can: I have talked about this before but truly nothing puts me in a better mood than being outside. The fresh air and sunshine will truly get anyone out of a funk and put you in a good mood.
Play a game with your kids/friends/significant other: I love games and my kids are starting to get that way too. Trust me playing a game win or lose usually puts a smile on someone’s face.
Call a trusted friend/parent and chat: I have a lifelong friend who lives across the country and whenever we chat I am in such a good mood. Even if you have a good friend in the same city, we can get so bogged down in texting pick up the phone and call them!!
Put on a favorite TV show or movie that makes you smile: For me, this is How I Met Your Mother. It always makes me smile.
Do a workout: Endorphins make you happy! Just like Elle Woods said.
Make a smoothie: Anything healthy will boost your mood. Make a big smoothie full of yummy fruits and veggies and I promise you will feel better.
Put on your favorite music and dance: Try to not be happy listening to fun good music and dancing around. If you have kids have them join in with you!
Write out everything on your mind: This is really helpful. Braindumps can really help you figure out what’s putting you in the funk, to begin with.
Clean your space: I feel like a messy space messes with your entire mental state. At least for me. I am much happier, calmer, and more productive when I have a clean space.
Make plans with friends: I find that when I don’t have things to look forward to it can put me in a mood. I like having plans on the calendar. So if you are in a funk, make some plans!
Make a gratitude list: This is the biggest one. It can be really hard to realize what you have good in your life if you don’t take time to think about it. Making a list of all the wonderful, happy things can give you a lot of perspective.
Write out everything on your mind has been my go to this year. I call it a brain dump. It really helps clear my mind and helps me be more present and sleep better.
Cleaning, working out, and getting out of the house definitely help me. I much prefer winter to spring and summer because I loathe the heat but I can understand how the lack of sunshine can affect so many peoples moods. I hope the upcoming spring brings good vibes your way.
If I am feeling in a funk the best thing that I can do is to take my journal and pen to the beach. I dig my toes in the sand and write until I feel better.
I ll prefer to listen my fav music or do yoga.Thanks for sharing with us
Thanks for these. I think we all need these self-care tips when all we read and hear are negatives things.
I so needed this- I’ve been feeling meh lately (ennui maybe?!). Will definitely be doing some of these to get out of this funk.
Doing a workout and talking to my hubby and kids always uplifts my mood 🙂 Thanks for the other tips!
Appreciate the positive vibe here and I always have a favorite song on my list to play in dark times. Lovely to know a few things others that I can do too! – Knycx Journeying
These are awesome ideas! I will need to share with my daughter!!!
Playing some reggae music has always done the trick for me! It makes me feel good after that low slump in time.
Great ideas! I don’t think of making smoothies but it can be a good way. I will note these in the future. Thank you for sharing!
Great list – I particularly love the tip about cleaning your space. I’ve been redecorating my apartment and cleaning things up/reorganizing in the process and it’s been such a great mind-clearing process!
Desperately needed this kind of push today. This week has been quite rough for me and seeing this made me wanna get up and try them out. Thanks for sharing these ideas and will keep them in mind.