It happens to everyone right? You have a day or even more when you’re just not feeling it. Especially in these COVID times when you’re so limited on what you can do and where you can go. Let’s look at five steps to debunk your funk.
When did this funk show up?
My funk started Tuesday and by 2pm Wednesday, I knew I had to do something. But those excuses not to work, not to exercise, and not to get the house organized just kept rolling in. Suddenly, the news, Facebook scrolling, and email checking were the order of the day. And I was caught in a vicious loop – news, emails, Facebook, repeat. Then there was that argument –get to work, go for a walk, meditate, find some purpose in the day. Then the counter-argument fought back immobilizing me. A funk is a vicious cycle that can take you down.
As I mentioned above, it was 2pm Wednesday and I had to get my blog post ready. I reluctantly came up with a plan. As you may know, being in a funk makes you feel unproductive and that’s why you need a good plan to get motivated.
Even in these COVID times you probably have daily routines. Here are some of mine: walk, meditate, work on social media courses, read books on how to be a spectacular writer/blogger, write, and attend any scheduled meetings. So you may not do what I do but you probably have your own tool box of daily routines.
The antithesis of funk is action
Let’s get into action, the antithesis of funk. I decide I’ll meditate, read challenging literature for 30 minutes, go for a 30 minute walk without my cellphone, and hydrate. Reluctantly I drag myself off the recliner and get ready to launch.
Let’s dive in!
Number 1. I meditate and it’s pleasantly relaxing. I have an app on my phone called Insight Timer. You can also access it on your computer. I just love, love, love it! It’s 40,000 meditations for free! Yes you heard me! FREE! You cannot beat that price.
A few words about meditation. Don’t make a big deal out of it. Just set aside 10 minutes (or more) for yourself. You can listen to any of the great meditations on Insight Timer, youtube or any music that helps relax you. Find a quiet place where you can sit or lay down. Presto! Easy as can be.
I’m taking one of Insight Timer’s FREE 7 Day Learn How to Meditate courses. Each session lasts 11 or 12 minutes with a new topic introduced each day. I really recommend it. I love – Sarah Blondin, who narrates the course. Her voice is so soothing you just melt into a state of relaxation. AND, I feel so calm and clear afterwards. It’s a great start to debunk your funk.
Meditation done and feeling relaxed
Number 2. I read a book for 30 minutes. I’m a huge fan of great literature and I have a bookshelf of many exceptional books waiting to be read or to finish being read – you may have a few of those yourself. I select a book that falls in the “started but not finished category.” Don’t get me wrong. I do finish most of the books I buy, I just buy them faster than I can read them. You may have the same problem. It is similar to a pandemic – when I see books that interest me, they somehow infect me into purchasing them. Sorry about the slight digression :).
Reading done and feeling smarter
Number 3. Off for my walk (read my post on The unbelievable benefits of walking) , cellphone free (“on no” you say, how can you count your steps? I felt the same way, but comforted myself knowing the familiar route was exactly 1.8 miles and decided in my mind was just as good as on my phone). My daughter told me that she has friends who if they work out without their phones or devices to record their activity – they don’t even consider it a workout. I’m not going off that deep end.
Walk finished and feeling energized
Number 4. Don’t forget to drink your water. According to a PubMed article titled: How much water do we really need to drink? women need about 10 cups of water a day and men about 13 cups.
Another article on PubMed called The hydration equation: update on water balance and cognitive performance states that water regulates your body temperature, helps maintain your cardiovascular system, helps with weight loss, gives you a boost when exercising and helps you think better.
Drank water and almost ready to launch, but then there’s this last thing…
Number 5. The daily Coronavirus check. I like to find something positive in all this chaos. Read this great article on how Sweden has handled COVID 19, which I found very hopeful and inspiring. It’s called 10 Takeaways from Sweden’s Controversial Approach to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Sweden has used what’s called a soft strategy that puts faith in personal responsibility. The Swedish trust their government and take their COVID19 safety precautions seriously. There is no government enforced lockdown so and the economy is open. The hospitals are not overburdened with sick patients. They encourage social distancing, staying at home if you’re sick, limiting gatherings to 50 people, and wearing masks if you visit someone who is part of the more vulnerable population (elderly, for example). So this news is positive and gives me hope as we navigate the treacherous waters of reopening the economy.
Here is an inspiring quote from a few familiar characters.
“‘I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,’ said Pooh.
‘There, there,’ said Piglet. ‘I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.’” —Winnie-the-Pooh
So, if you find yourself in a funk, try a short meditation, read something interesting to challenge yourself, take a walk, hydrate and read something positive about COVID19 or anything that might give you a lift.
Also if you know of anybody who needs their funk debunked, pass my post along to them.
See you next Thursday! Be sure and leave a comment below or email me and let me know if my 5 tips to debunk your funk helped.