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.
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.
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.