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3 Easy Ways to Get Out of a Funk

We have all experienced funks at one time or another. Sometimes they may last anywhere from 3 minutes to 3 years depending on our situation. In those situations, we have to realize what we are focusing on could be contributing a major part to our funk.

Get Moving

When I see that I’m in a funk, mood, or just downright ornery, I get moving. I clean something, reorganize my closet, or go workout. Usually when we are in a funk, it’s more than likely because of something outside of our control. Because this thing is outside our control and we can’t control it, we feel bad.

So the next best thing to do is exercise control over something that I can control like my cluttered closet or physique. I would also suggest working out as the absolute first thing to do but it isn’t always convenient to take off to the gym whenever things are bothering you, such as at 2 am!

Change Your Focus

Our funks come from focusing on something that we can’t currently change and that is bothering us. Stop putting focus and energy into it. You do that by changing what you are focusing on. Pick up a favorite book, listen to an uplifting audio or music, heck even turn on the television for a bit. Do something to get your mind off of what is bothering you and on to something that’s enjoyable or at least distracting.

Have you heard that statement “man can make a heaven out of hell, or a hell out of heaven?” There is another one that I like “wherever you go, you take yourself.” Those two statements mean that no matter what your situation, if you are chronically in a good or bad mood, that no matter what the exact situation you will keep finding “more good” or “more bad” depending on your disposition.

It’s really in our focus. Just like right now if I told you to find all of the yellow objects in your room, you would find them. Changing our focus is really that simple but it’s not easy. Changing our disposition to a happier one is very hard work but those times when we are in a funk we can choose to focus on something good about our situation. Once we realize and accomplish that then we are on our way to a better mood.

Accept what is as is

In the Marine Corps, and I’m sure other places as well, we have always said “it is what it is, and that’s all it will ever be.” What that meant was sometimes we can’t change our situation so it’s up to us to accept it, try our best, and move on.

I’m encouraging you to accept it (the things you can’t change) and try your best to move on.

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