Monday, December 28, 2020

7 Things You Can do When You're in a Funk

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So, let's talk for a moment about what you do on those days that you are either (A) in a funk for no reason or (B) in a funk because nothing is going right; for example, you need to call someone for appliance repair because the dishwasher STILL is not working and a funky smell is also coming from it PLUS you can't seem to get anything in your life working correctly on a certain day. (I'm not talking about full-blown depression here.) 

Some people might call a friend, call a parent or sibling, take a nice bath. One of my favorite ways to get out of a funk is to go for a drive and put on some loud music. The music depends on the mood. Sometimes I'll put on a Spotify playlist, sometimes head straight for some Beatles and classic rock, sometimes current stuff. 

Below are more ideas to help you get out of a funk. One of them is bound to work, and if you pair a couple of them up, you're going to be in a better mood in no time!

Aromatherapy

Incense is a wonderful throw-back to my childhood and instantly calms me down. Candles smell amazing and the soft glow chills me out. I have this great thyroid oil that I put on my neck. Not only does it smell amazing and put me in a good mood, but I feel like I'm doing something for my thyroid as well. Also check out a yummy-smelling lotion like Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Cream Pretty As A Peach 8 Ounce or essential oils.

Sunshine

Get outside so your body can drink up the Vitamin D. Find a sunny spot and drag a chair over to it and just sit and chill. Maybe you can even get a little snooze in! According to Forbes, you might even lose some weight while soaking up the sun!

Water

If it's summertime, you can pair sunshine and water and head to an outdoor pool, to a lake, the ocean, or even a pond, creek, or brook. For me, it's making sure I head out to our backyard swimming pool every day that's sunny, even if it's just for half an hour.

Exercise

Get your body moving to get the endorphins pumping through your veins and into your brain. Check out these 7 benefits of regular physical activity over at the Mayo Clinic's website.

Something sweet or comforting

Maybe it's hot chocolate in the winter, ice cream in the summer. Maybe you have a soda every now and then to perk you up. Not too much, though, because you don't want the sugar crash! Or you could check out my book for some comfort food recipes, The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook: Over 45 Yummy Recipes!

Feed your brain

Grab a book you've been meaning to read and just relax while reading it and soaking up a good story or some nonfiction knowledge or history. Check out this piece over at Reader's Digest about benefits of reading: getting smart, thin, healthy, happy. Friend me on Goodreads so we can share book recommendations!

Pray

When you feel entirely helpless and hopeless, you can always pray! Check out this piece about 7 reasons why prayer is important.

Level up!

Go for a walk (exercise) outside (sunshine) in the pool (water) ... LOL! ... while listening to an audiobook (feed your brain) with your yummy-smelling lotion or oil on your upper body (aromatherapy), and make sure you have a lovely drink (something sweet) nearby. Take regular prayer breaks!

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