How to Get Out of a Funk

how to get out of a funk

Last week I got home from work, went straight to the couch, and just sat there. I didn’t turn on a show, didn’t grab a book to read, didn’t pick up my phone. I didn’t get up to clean the dishes or start a load of laundry. I didn’t get up to change into lounge clothes. Instead, I sat there in silence, in solitude, and I didn’t do anything.

I wasn’t sad, but I wasn’t happy either. I was in what I call a “blah” mood, and I couldn’t think of a single thing that made me want to get off the couch and do something. I’m antsy and anxious to do something but can’t will my mind or body to do anything at all.

My funks don’t come too often, but when they do, I always feel bad for being so lazy, and then I get into even more of a funk for feeling sorry for myself. (This sounds so pathetic as I’m typing it out!)

While sometimes I have to lay on the couch a bit and let my blah moods sort themselves out, there are usually a few ways I can help get myself feeling back to normal again.

Do something productive

I try to do 2-3 productive things as soon as I start feeling down. Small victories, guys. I usually start by picking up anything that seems out of place, or start preparing a meal, or do an easy chore that’s been on my list for a while (like dusting the living room coffee table). Then, no matter what happens next, I avoid my “feeling sorry for myself because I didn’t accomplish anything” phase.

Or do something you’ve been putting off

That pile of emails you’ve been sitting on for a week? That load of laundry you have yet to fold? More often than not, I feel frozen on the couch because some outstanding chore has been lingering and preventing me from feeling like I can do anything else. It can be such a struggle to find the motivation (more on that here), but once that annoying task is complete, I guarantee your “funk” will feel a whole lot different.

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Sometimes, when I get into a funk, it’s my body’s way of telling me I have to take a step back from the stress. I love drawing up a soothing and quiet bubble bath (this is my favorite bubble bath), lighting a few candles, and turning the lights off.

Gently move

I can never do a full on workout when I feel unmotivated to even stand up, but sometimes, some light stretching, yoga, or foam rolling can help. Like taking a bath, these options help relieve some of the pent up tension in my body. I recently bought Rodney Yee’s AM Yoga for Your Week and it has been awesome. It has 5 20-minute lessons in it, perfect for a quick at-home yoga session right after work.

Listen to a podcast

Times when I am content with only laying down are few and far between, so I take advantage of them and listen to a podcast. I curl up with a fuzzy blanket, nestle my face into a fluffy pillow, and listen to whatever happens to be flowing through my headphones at the moment. I can learn, I can laugh, I can sympathize, I can grow.

Talk to someone you love

It’s very rare that a great big bear hug from my husband or a phone call to my mom doesn’t cheer me up. And the few times that being with people I love doesn’t help get me out of a funk, I am reminded that I am surrounded by people I care about and who care deeply about me. And that, at least, makes me feel better.

What not to do

I never turn on tv or go on social media when I’m in a weird mood. I’ve regretted doing it every single time. My moods usually stem from something in my life feeling out of place, and there is no better way to put yourself down than to scroll through perfect Instagram feeds or thought out scripts. Just don’t do it.

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  1. I couldn’t agree more about the social media and tv part. I personally always prefer talking to someone I am very closed with as you very well mentioned.