We all find ourselves in a funk from time to time, but as we set our clocks back this weekend and the days get shorter and darker, you might find yourself more often feeling a lack of motivation, energy, and optimism. Here are thirteen tips to help get yourself out of a funk and start feeling like yourself again:
1. Feel Your Feelings
The first step in getting yourself out of a funk is acknowledging how you’re feeling and telling yourself it’s okay. Acknowledge your feelings without judgment.
2. Allow Yourself to Rest
Rest is important! Let yourself take a few hours or even a day or two to do nothing but relax and recharge, whatever that means to you.
3. Set Small Goals
Give yourself small things to accomplish each day. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a long to-do list, and feel good about the things you did accomplish.
4. Practice Self Care
Take some time to yourself, whether it's treating yourself to a spa day, going for a long walk, or simply curling up with a book on the couch.
5. Reach out to Friends or Family
Talk to loved ones about how you're feeling to help give yourself some emotional relief while also making you feel supported and less alone.
6. Go Outside
Even as the days get colder, it’s important to prioritize getting outside. Appreciate the beauty of nature and enjoy the fresh air.
7. Focus on Gratitude
Take a moment each day to reflect on what you're thankful for. This can give you a sense of perspective and improve your mood.
8. Pick up a New Hobby
Try something new! Picking up a new hobby or skill can be fun while also filling you with a sense of accomplishment.
Put your thoughts and feelings down and paper instead of keeping them bottled up inside your head.
10. Practice Mindfulness
Meditate or practice breath work for a short time to help you stay in the present moment and reduce stress and anxiety.
11. Move Your Body
It doesn't have to be an intense workout, but a short walk around the block, some light stretching, or simply dancing around your home are great ways to release endorphins.
Call up a friend that always makes you laugh or put on your favorite comedy.
13. Do Something Good for Others
Help someone with a random act of kindness. Donate to a charity that’s important to you or volunteer at a local organization. Helping someone else can help you to feel better.
Bad days, or even weeks, are okay and normal, but there are coping mechanisms that can help you find better days again.
Remember that there’s a difference between being in a funk and suffering from depression. If you feel you are experiencing a larger mental health issue, always seek professional help.