5 Steps to Get Out of a Funk!

5 Steps to Get Out of a Funk!

in a funk
We all get cases of the Funky-pox. That crappy feeling of unrealistic despair, over-dramatized  agony, and indulgent unnecessary self-loathing. You know, the woe is me pity party!

This little pity party rarely serves you well and can spiral out of control if you’re not careful. Nipping it in its funky bud and using it to fuel action is the best way to cure a case of this super contagious condition.

5 Ways to Combat the Funk
& Use It as Fertilizer for Progress:

1. Practice Funk Awareness. 

You feel the blues coming on, the smell of funk is in the air, you know what’s coming. Don’t try and ignore it. Be aware, watch how it’s affecting you, your body, your mind, your energy, your motivation, even your posture. Be fully present with your state of Funk. Journal it if you need to. Funk sneak attacks will sucker punch you. Try to purposely ignore the Funk and it will swallow you whole. Fight the Funk by keeping your eyes on the enemy.

2. Indulge in Your Funk.

So you had a crappy day… your boss bitched you out, your man was a prick, you set a goal but didn’t achieve it. Allow yourself to fully feel Funky. Let the Funk throw some punches. Let your body and mind indulge in despair for a bit. Veg on the couch if you need to. It’s like eating a sinful desert, you know it ain’t good for you but its so temporarily satisfying that who the heck cares. Sink into it. BUT remember, all Funk in moderation.

3. Stop Indulging. Get Moving.

Time to turn your Funky stagnation into inspired action. You let yourself be a punching bag for Funk long enough. Now it’s time to channel your inner warrior. Determine at least 3 actions you can take to overcome the situation that brought you to your metaphorical knees. Then get moving on those actions. Before you know it, you’ll be standing firmly on your feet again and spiritually fist pumping.

4. Change Your Scenery.

So simple, yet so effective. Why? Because your Funk stinks and it’s been smelling up the whole room. Where ever it was that you chose to indulge in #2 above (no pun intended), it’s time to get outta there. Go to a place that inspires and ignites you, where the energy smells like lilacs. Leave your stinky Funk to dissipate on its own.

5. Reward Yourself.

You met your enemy, Funk. You got beat up. You fought back. You smelled some lilacs. Good job, you deserve something special. That dress from Anthropology, those yummy vegan cupcakes, a glass of wine with a friend, whatever tickles your Funky-free fancy. By treating yourself to a little somethin somethin you’re telling yourself that you’re worth it, you’re amazing, you’re powerful. Those sentiments scare the bejesus our of your little alter-ego enemy Funk, sending it running far away to Funky Town, where it belongs!

What do you do to get yourself out of Funky Town?!

in a funk

Top photo courtesy of Rocor



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9 Responses to 5 Steps to Get Out of a Funk!

  1. Lisa Consiglio Ryan says:

    To get out of funky town, I work out. Usually Bikram yoga does the trick lately. Like this morning, Kevin’s car broke down, he’s in a bad mood, which puts me in a bad mood. I headed to class hoping I would feel better, and voila! It worked. It’s even 5 pm and still feelin’ good. 🙂

    • Liz says:

      Ahhh exercise does make everything feel better doesn’t it!! Too many days without it and I might as well set up camp in Funky Town 😉

  2. Elvira says:

    To get out of funky town I head for a bookstore. That generally changes everything. Too bad bookstores are becoming few and far between these days. 🙁

    • Liz says:

      I love bookstores too! I don’t get enough time to spend in them and they do seem to be fewer and farther between. Fortunately cafes work for me just as well 🙂 Great solution!

  3. Cindy says:

    I find that reconnecting with nature helps me get out of funk town. I may take a walk in the park or just take the time to observe the sky or some birds out of a window.

    • Liz says:

      That works for me too Cindy! In fact if I don’t connect with nature enough, I end up in Funky Town. Jogs through the woods every week are mandatory!

  4. Freea says:

    Nice piece….and love your tone of writing, very engaging and funny. I wonder…Did the FUNK image at the top come for an album cover? It’s super cool. Looking forward to more of your writing!

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