This year has been nothing short of difficult, disappointing, and downright stressful. Adjusting to the “new normal” has been challenging considering that it seems like every other day we are given new information about the pandemic that changes everything we thought we knew. It doesn’t help that on top of the coronavirus pandemic, the world has been dealing with social atrocities left and right. If you feel like all this has forced you into a never-ending uncomfortable funk, you are not alone. At one point or another, we all go through these feelings and thankfully, there are steps you can take to help you get yourself out of that blah funk.
- Pin-point what is putting you in a funk
The first step to pulling yourself out of a funk is to clearly pinpoint what it is that is forcing you into this dark place. Once you address what it is that is bringing down your mood, you can do more to change it. When times are tough, it’s hard to not let negative emotions get to you, but it’s important to get yourself to a place where they are not consuming every aspect of your life.
- Get outside
The healing powers of nature are very real and transformative! There is just something about connecting with the natural world that helps uplift any mood. Sit outside, take a walk around the neighborhood, go to the beach—whatever your favorite outdoor activity is.
- Move your body
Exercising may sound more like a chore than a method of relieving depression, but it is scientifically proven that exercise improves your mood. When you work out, your brain releases endorphins that help lift your mood and reduce unwanted stress. It doesn’t matter how you move your body, so pick an activity you enjoy. Bonus points if it’s outdoors!
- Pick up a journal
Journaling is a great way to get all your thoughts and feelings on paper for you to reflect on. Writing everything down can bring you clarity. When this is over, you can look back and see how far you have come.
- Practice Meditation
Meditation is a great way to connect with your inner self, and to solve anything that is being thrown in your direction. It helps you gain a new perspective, manage stress, increase your self-awareness, minimize negative emotions, and increase your creativity levels.
- Play your favorite music
Music has a huge impact on your mood! Stay away from sad songs that may dig you into a deeper emotional hole, and play your most uplifting playlist. Play it loud and dance out the stress!
- Treat yo’ self
Of course, you never need an excuse to practice self-care but, if you’re in a funk, try treating yourself a little bit. Whether that’s a shopping spree, a nice facemask, or your favorite ice cream. Do whatever is going to make you happy in that moment and revel in it.
- Get good rest
When we are emotionally drained and exhausted, it can take a huge physical toll on our bodies. Bad sleep can have negative effects on your mood and mental state, so it’s important to get enough sleep and rest so that your body and mind can properly heal.
- Hug it out
Sometimes all we need is a really big, long hug from one of our loved ones to feel like everything will be ok. Pet hugs count too! So grab your loved ones and hug it out.