How To Get Your Mind Out Of A Funk

Getting Your Mind Out Of A Funk Advice
With it still being relatively close to the start of the year, it’s easy to put pressure on yourself to be a ‘better’ you for the year ahead (you, 2.o). As much as I’d love it, unfortunately when a new year comes we don’t all of a sudden just lose all of the issues we were struggling with the year before. Your new inspirations and motivations for 2018 can mix with your old issues from 2017. The mix is kind of like a really bad cocktail….it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and like you’re in a bit of a funk, not really sure what to do next. Well like a hangover cure for that really bad cocktail, here are 3 of my favourite ways to get your mind out of a funk.

 

How to Get Your Mind Out Of A Funk

 

Give yourself a focus point. 

Direction is something that really seems to sort out a lot of my problems. If I’m feeling unsure, overwhelmed or like I just don’t really know what I want to do, in comes direction to the rescue. To clear your mind, try actively giving yourself something to focus on and work toward. Work out what it is currently that you want the most desperately, and go for that. Giving yourself a clear direction even in the most simple way can get your mind out of a funk because it kind of paves a path for you to go down. Plus, actively working toward a goal or something else you want to achieve feels so good. It can eradicate any overwhelmed or murky feelings you may have about your life, leaving you feeling more clear-headed and motivated.

 

Dance it out. 

Don’t tell me you don’t know where ‘dance it out’ is from. Don’t tell me you’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy?! Mandatory watching is required around these parts people. The good ol’ dance it out motto from Grey’s is actually more useful than you might think. In the show, when the characters are stressed, confused, sad, overwhelmed or if they don’t know what to do about something…they dance it out. So the next time you feel like your mind is in a funk, dance it out. If you’re home alone or in some kind of a safe space, literally just get up off your booty, get on your feet, blast a song you like and jump around and dance like a crazy person. Jiggle every limb individually if you have to, just get out of your mind and into your body for a bit. It’s fun, relaxing and oddly cathartic. So when in doubt, dance it out.

 

Get a reality check. 

One of the main reasons why I fall into a funk in the first place is because I’m bogged down, with expectations from others and myself. I picture my life and myself the way I want it to be (well, the way I think I should want it to be…) and when things don’t line up with that I start to feel bad. I wish there was a more eloquent way to say that, but I just feel bad. I tend to forget that other people actually feel like this as well sometimes, so reminding myself of that starts to pull me out of that mind frame. To get yourself out of a funk, find people who you can speak openly to and have a frank conversation about life with them. I find doing this helps me to get my mind into a much more level-headed space. Speaking openly to a friend or family member or someone you’re close with will give you a major reality check. It reminds you that we’re all human and we all have our struggles, even if we don’t necessarily show it. Even though we may struggle, like the Persian proverb says….this too shall pass. Wait sorry, did I just quote a proverb? Um, who am I?

 

Do you have any tips for getting your mind out of a funk?

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  • Dance it out is such a fun tip! (I haven’t seen Grey’s Anatomy though…). It’s great exercise too! To get myself out of a funk, I like to put on Legally Blonde and write a to do list. It gets me motivated! 🙂
    Astrid
    http://www.astridkaniele.com

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh my god, go and watch Grey’s Anatomy, Astrid! It’s one of my all time fav shows 🙂

      Um your way of getting yourself out of a funk sounds bloody amazing, I was listening to the Legally Blonde soundtrack the other day because it was getting me pumped up for the day :’)

  • Lisa Autumn

    Oh yes reality checks are so important! We can get lost in our “problems” so easily otherwise..

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • The Sunday Mode

      Yep so true Lisa!

  • Sinéad Danielle ✿

    I’m a BIG believer in the ‘dance it out’ method. Never fails to put me in a good mood, no matter what I’m going through!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • The Sunday Mode

      Especially when you dance it out to some REALLY good music 🙂

  • I’m working on expectations at the moment. A friend told me if you never have expectations of someone (IE a family member) you can never be disappointed. I am really trying to let go of expectations and free my mind of worries that are attached to them.

    Sarah | More Than Adored

    • The Sunday Mode

      Well yeah that’s definitely one way you could look at it, I guess letting go of expectations means you can sort of just go with the flow a bit more?

  • I love this post! I really feel like I’ve been in a rut lately, so these tips came just in time haha. I’m all for speaking with someone you trust about it – sometimes that’s all it takes to put your problems in perspective 🙂

    • The Sunday Mode

      Yay so happy you came across this post! It’s funny how much sometimes just talking things through can help, eh?

  • phoebe

    Love the “dance it out” – listening to music and moving to music in my own way is one of my favourite things to do. I feel like t really lifts my spirits. I would have it on all day if I could it just makes everything feel so much lighter.
    The times I really get lifted out of a funk are when I find something to do that I’m really passionate about. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people who need a lot of variety in life and need to keep searching for new passions.

    • The Sunday Mode

      I’m the same Phoebe, good music really lifts my spirits and can completely change my mood and perspective on something. You should try and find a way to play music all day and see how it makes you feel!

      Don’t worry I’m the same, I always feel like I flit between things because I have so many things I’m interested in.

  • Sarah Ⓥ

    I must say I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy :/ Sorry! But I do love the dance it out tip, I shall try that out!

    Sarah
    sarahaurorax.com

    • The Sunday Mode

      Noooo, watch Grey’s Sarah! But I guess if you’re dancing it out that’s alright as well… 😉

  • Bernadette

    Such a lovely read. I definitely find that when my expectations are too high and I expect to get so many things done in a short period of time I get overwhelmed and fall into a funk. Something I love to do to relax is throw on a movie / Tv show to let my mind escape elsewhere. I always feel recharged afterwards and I’m ready to tackle the tasks and readjust.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Bernadette! That’s awesome that you’ve found a way to get yourself out of a funk as well. TV and movies fix everything in my opinion!

  • It’s so true. This too shall pass. I love that saying and always try to remember it x

    franklyflawless.com

  • Totally agree that a reality check is good for putting some problems that may feel overwhelming into perspective because compared to what other people may be going through they might not be anywhere near as major as you initially think they are. And having a focus point is a really good one as well, and something that I find really helpful when something is bothering me. Ultimately some problems are beyond our control, but the ones we can control are the ones we need to figure out a way to resolve and once you’ve got the path in mind and know how you’re going to get where you want to be it really makes me feel a lot better about things because I know that I’m working on fixing it even if it’s not going to happen straight away.

    littlehenrylee.net

    • The Sunday Mode

      Exactly! Plus sometimes you just end up working things up so much in your head and it makes things much worse than they actually are or ever started out being.

      I’m the same way as well, if I know I’m working on something and I have a plan for that then even if I’m not there yet I feel so much better about everything.

  • Excellent advice babe! Finding a focus is such a great way to get back into the swing of things!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Rubi! x

  • I absolutely love this pst, but most of all I love the idea of “dancing it out” – I’m a huge fan of dance and this always works for me!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    • The Sunday Mode

      Ah thanks Heather! Glad I’m not the only one who loves to dance it out, it’s so cathartic, especially when you’ve got some really good music on as well.