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Rough times? We have all had them but what happens when that rough day turn into several days, which turns into months and before you know it, you are stuck in a funk and have no idea how to snap out of it. I’ve been there and I know first hand how it feels. Although you go through the motions of your day to day life because you have to, what you really want to do is curl up in the bed and stay there. Before you know it, life is passing you by and you know you have to get back to life…get back to you. Hopefully, these tips will you get back to you and snap out of the funk that you’re in.
Meditation helps is one of the best ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Several studies have shown that meditating has a positive impact on your health, well-being and can lower production of the stress hormone cortisol. This means meditators are better able to adapt to stress in their lives.
Writing down your thoughts can be extremely helpful in crystallizing your thoughts and feelings and an amazing way to help get you out of a funk. One practice that I found to be extremely helpful is to start writing “morning pages.” The thought process is to write first thing in the morning and fill three pages every day. What you decide to write about, doesn’t really matter. At the beginning of the day, you get to notice and release all of the things that are clouding your mind as you begin. This process is very helpful for me whenever I feel stuck creatively or overwhelmed with my work or parenting, or any other kind of funk.
Go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air. It will not only help you free your mind but it also gives you the opportunity to you escape your kids, mate, co-workers or whatever else you have going on and take some time to not only exercise but think about and clarify what is going on in your life. Exercising increases the oxygen available to your brain, and helps you to solve problems. So when you feel stuck or overwhelmed, take some time to go for a walk and breathe deeply.
Good music always makes me feel good. Put on something upbeat and give into the moment. How can you possibly be in a funk when dancing to Missy Elliot?
Instead of seeing what everyone is doing on Facebook and Instagram, put on a cute outfit and meet up with some friends for cocktails. Sometimes all we really need is to feel connected with someone else, especially as a mom. Meeting up with your friends can be helpful because not only are you getting out but it allows you to talk to other people who may be going through the same thing that you are. Just the ability to vent and relax could be all that you need to help you get out of a funk.
As a mom, getting stuck in a funk can more often than not be the result of doing everything for everyone else and forgetting to take care of yourself. You have to remember to take care of you and that means creating time for self-care. Every week, schedule sometime for yourself and yes, I do mean, schedule. If you have to set the calendar on your phone to remind yourself to take a hot bubble bath instead of a shower or to take a day each month to get a massage or have a mani and pedi then that’s what you have to do. I know you may be thinking, “how am I going to do that?’ The answer is, “you don’t have the option not to.” When mama is not happy, no one is happy, which means that you have to take care of yourself, in order to care for everyone else. Let that be your motto.
What tips do you have for getting out of a funk?