THANK YOU for all that fabulous, heartfelt comments. Writing yesterday’s post was exactly what I needed to start to moving forward and reading your comments helped me see (yet again) I am NOT ALONE and that is powerful stuff.
Funks are never fun, but they are an inevitable part of life, at least for me. Here’s a few things I’ve been doing to get my groove back.
- Face the Feeling
- That’s what yesterday’s post was all about. I meant what I said about "getting out of my own head." I’m convinced if I had an outlet to share all my messed up thoughts about my body and weight issues earlier I would have never gained so much weight in the first place. Once I started blogging, I got all the stuff swimming in my head OUT and I realized I’m not all that different than anyone else. A lot of people feel the way I do. I would have never known if I didn’t take the leap and face the feelings I was going through. Of course you don’t have to be crazy and do it publicly like I did/do, but get them out of your head. Write an anonymous blog. Confide in a friend. Go to a group. Seek professional help. Whatever makes sense for you and your situation.
- Reach Out and MAKE Things Happen
- I’m not one to normally sit around and wait for things to happen except when I’m in a funk. Then I shut down. I stop calling people. I pull back on my social media outlets. I not even as talkative as I normally am. Today, however, I made an effort. I called an old friend. I talked to my mom. I even tried to set up a play date. It didn’t work out BUT again, the act of reaching out is what matters here. What’s the quote? “Too many people go through life waiting for things to happen instead of making them happen!”
- Discover (or Re-Discover) Your Creative Outlet
- I think I take for granted how happy making things makes me. I’m not the craftiest person, but I do like to draw with the Little Guy and cook (der.) Both are a creative outlets. The whole cooking process from coming up with an idea, organizing the ingredients, taste testing, even photographing and calculating the nutritional information, all of it, gives me an amazing sense of satisfaction. Even more so when I share it and inspire someone else! Sometimes when we get into a funk we don’t want to do anything at all, but what we really need is to focus on the things that provide us happiness. Mary Lou Cook says, “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” Just remember you can’t be in a funk if you are having fun!
- Get up, Get out, Move More
- This isn’t about weight loss or training or sculpting the perfect abs. This is about being in touch with your body. When you are in a funk and stuck in your own head, you tend to forget you have a body and it can do amazing things! Get up and go for a walk, hit a class at the gym, pop in a yoga DVD, climb a rock wall, roller skate, hike, play a game of catch in the backyard, go bowling! I don’t care just MOVE. Today I walked and walked and walked. The fresh air and exercise did wonders for my soul.
- I know it’s cheesy and it’s hard to do when you are in Funkville, but make an effort. Blast your favorite happy song, find things online that make you laugh, ask your friend to tell you a joke. Today, for me it was making Little Bean laugh. How can you be in funk surrounded by this sound?