5 Things To Do When You’re In A Funk

How To Get Out Of A Funk And Back To Yourself

Is there anything worse than being in a funk? Being down and out is no fun. Not only does being in a funk impact the way you feel, being in a funk impacts those around you as well.

When you don’t feel good, it is easier for you to bring down those around you. Your attitude worsens, the way you talk to others changes, and you become doom and gloom.

Get out of a funk by doing these things

Image by Evan Rummel

Being in a funk is okay. We all get down at times. In fact, I’ve been down lately.

I can tell when I’m in a funk, I

Don’t want to write

Treat people kindly

Read or improve myself

Don’t want to do much of anything

You can see how those actions are bad for you and those around you. They don’t add any value and they even detract value at times.

So, what can you do to get out of a funk? Let’s take a look.

5 Things To Do When You’re In A Funk

1. Run to a pain partner:

We typically run away from our friends and families when we’re in a funk. We don’t want to be around others and it shows.

The first way to get out of a funk is to run to a pain partner. A pain partner is someone who you can rely on when things are bad.

You share your hurts with them. You take your concerns to them. And you share your pain with them.

Go find a pain partner. They’ll be a lifeline to you.

2. Recall your past successes:

Sometimes you can get into a funk because you have forgotten what you’ve done. You may no longer feel like you add value or the things in your past haven’t been fruitful.

I’m here to tell you that’s a lie. You’ve done amazing things in the past.

I bet you’ve:

Rallied coworkers together for a united cause

Landed a big sales contract that helped out the company

Won someone to Christ

Inspired someone and made them smile

Or been there for someone who needed it in their darkest night

Don’t forget the successes of the past. Use them to remind you of your good days and the good days to come.

3. Get away from it all:

I know when I’m in a funk, I can recharge by getting away from anyone and everyone. This could be a trip down to the beautiful Lake Michigan, a bike ride around Muskegon Lake, or a walk around town by myself.

By getting away, I have time to myself. I can feel the stress relief because I’m no longer in the presence of the stress-inducing situation.

Sometimes just getting away from your current situation can give you clear insight into what’s bothering you and bring you out of the funk. Take time to get away.

4. Get physical:

This isn’t encouraging you to punch someone, even though you may feel like doing so. What I mean by Get Physical is to get out and exercise.

Whether this is a 6-mile run, a trip to the gym to pump iron (do they still call it that?), or roughhousing with your kids, find ways to expand your energy.

For me, I get physical by putting a harness on Lok and taking him for a run. Lately, it’s been 6-mile runs. Sometimes it is more, sometimes the runs are shorter.

Physical activity decreases stress and gets you out of funks

Lok the Vizsla and I after one of our runs

Find some physical activity that will help you release energy and endorphins.

5. Do something nice for someone else:

As strange as this may sound, helping others will help get you out of a funk. Why? Because when you help others, you see yourself in a new position.

No longer are you the down and out guy. You now have the ability to impact and improve the life of others. This makes you see that you’re not in as bad a spot as you thought.

There’s plenty of places you can go to help others. You could go to your local church and volunteer for the food drive. Or maybe you could go to the Boys And Girls Club and volunteer there to help underprivileged children.

Find someplace to help others and do it.

Question: How do you get out of a funk? Share your tactic in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Jeffrey P. Rush

    Thank you for this. I’d likely opt for punching someone :), but your suggestion is likely better (and keeps me out of court).

    Know too, that though we don’t know each other well, I’m here if you need me.

    • HAHA! I’ve had the thought of punching someone as well… But that doesn’t typically fly. Don’t want to end up in the clink.

      Thanks for being a friend that’s willing to be there when needed. You don’t know how much that means Jeff. Same goes if you need anything.