#040: Get Out of That Funk [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about how to get out of that funk. I discuss the winter blues, also known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or SAD, and how to keep your energy up regardless of the time of year.

New Podcast: “Get Out of That Funk—How to Beat the Winter Blues”

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Many people get depressed during this time of year. Sometimes there are legitimate medical or psychological issues that must be addressed. However, some people resort to medication prematurely, before making sure they have the basics covered.

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So, if you are experiencing the winter blues or you are finding that your energy is lower than usual, I suggest you ask yourself seven questions before scheduling a visit to a professional:

  • Question #1: Am I getting plenty of rest?
  • Question #2: Am I exercising three to four times a week?
  • Question #3: Am I eating high-energy foods?
  • Question #4: Am I staying hydrated?
  • Question #5: Am I getting enough sunshine?
  • Question #6: Am I focusing on the positive?
  • Question #7: Am I hanging out with energetic people?

Listener Questions

  1. Jon Stallings asked, “How do you deal with a project or a goal that saps your energy?”
  2. David Kirkaldy asked, “How do you keep your energy up when the pace and energy of your life is not dictated by your surroundings?”
  3. Chip Dizard asked, “How do you keep your momentum going throughout the year?”
  4. Andrew Mason asked, “Do you have any suggestions for being consistent with your exercise in the winter?”
  5. Noah Coley asked, “I am constantly pouring out to others. I need someone to pour into me. How do you found those kind of people?”
  6. Matt McWilliams asked, “What tips do you have for creating a more uplifting environment indoors?”

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  • Jonathan Harrison

    Happy 40th (podcast)!

    In south Florida, we really don’t have the same winter problems, but that does not exempt us from getting into the funk.

    Looking back, one thing that has helped me is to get out of my head. This means finding a task, hobby, or manual labor that I can do, and putting all of myself into it. By focusing on the moment, and starting a small project or task that I can successfully complet in one try, I build momentum.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great idea, Jonathan. Actually, this week I discovered the same thing. Doing some kind of task that doesn’t require a lot of thought pulled me right out of brief funk.

      • Jonathan Harrison

        This has also been a source for me to handle all those things around the house that “I’d like to do someday, but I never have the time.”

        Thank you Funk, I now have a functional light switch in the bathroom again, all because of you. : ) 

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Haha. The silver lining.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I was just in Florida this past weekend—Captiva Island. I loved the sunshine. It did me a world of good.
      Great suggestion on getting out of your head.

  • deandeguara

    I call or go hang out with a friend. I think getting an outside perspective helps me stay encouraged. When I isolate its real easy for me to get in a funk. Also, blogging has helped me process my thoughts which helps me put a healthy spin on things. By the way I’m loving Platform University!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Those are great ways to get out of the funk Dean. 

    • Jim Martin

      Dean, talking with particular friends is very helpful for me.  I have realized that some friends are very energizing and life giving.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your comment, Dean. And thanks for being a member of Platform University!

  • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

    Michael,

    Thank you for answering my question. Those are some great tips. 

    I have heard of essential oils and even DoTerra. I think Marissa and I have some mutual friends because I have been referred to her before. 

    Prior to your recommendation, I thought they were quacky. I will definitely be trying them now though. 

    I definitely agree about music. I have a playlist for writing upbeat stuff, a playlist for writing serious stuff, a playlist for getting ready in the morning, etc. All kinds of stuff on there. 

    Now the Wheat Belly thing is freaking me out. I had never heard of it until Monday night. I went to the health food store to buy hemp seeds and silver and saw a copied article about the book. Flipped my world. I am immediately testing out cutting wheat from my diet.

    As for me…at my office, I keep the shades up all day and a lot of light gets in. I take a Vitamin D supplement every other day and I run on the treadmill. The other thing I did was realize the benefits of the extra nighttime hours…I get a little more sleep. I am tired earlier due to the darkness and so I am getting an extra 15-30 minutes of sleep each night. I see that as a blessing. I struggle in the summer because it is light well past 9:00 here for a few months.

    P.S. We are determined to move back to Franklin someday, but God has us here for a reason that I am beginning to understand. I now know how to use a snowblower.

    • http://twitter.com/marissahyatt Marissa Hyatt

      Matt, just read through your comment and it sounds like you’re interested in learning more about DoTerra essential oils. I’d love to share more with you and also get your the best price on the oils. Please email me at: marissa.hyatt@gmail.com. Look forward to hearing from you and figuring out who are mutual friends are!

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Marissa, I’m definitely interested. Maybe we can talk about it when I’m in town next week?

        • http://twitter.com/marissahyatt Marissa Hyatt

          Michele, I would love to chat with you! Are you coming in town for the Platform Conference? If so, I will be there and would love to set up a time to meet. Please email me at marissa.hyatt@gmail.com and we can set a time up! Look forward to hearing from you, Michele!

      • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

        I will do that!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Matt. Great comment. It sounds like you are on the right track!

    • http://www.janabotkin.net/ Jana Botkin

      An old trick for dealing with winter darkness and cold is to look through gardening catalogues. They offer a great escape, a way to anticipate spring and an opportunity to plan a bit ahead. It’s not the same as bringing the outdoors inside, but it sort of helps.

      I’ve been hearing about Wheat Belly from several respected sources and think it might be a fad. Without reading it myself, I quit wheat for awhile. No energy increase, no apparent changes, but it is fun to set up challenges.

      And, I always get an energy boost by clearing out clutter of any kind.

  • Diankmac

    I do suffer from SAD and have taken Vit D drops, which I can hardly tell if they work.  What helps me is to do different things.  Try something that you don’t normally do.  The one thing that helps most is for me to walk.  I try to walk (outside) almost everyday.
    It doesn’t help that I live in the area of Binghamton, NY which has very little sun all year long.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      I used to live in Rochester, NY – so I can relate to the grey skies. I completely agree that outdoor activity (dodging the lake effect snow bands) was a critical part of staving off the blues.

  • http://twitter.com/kevinwcook Kevin Cook

    Thank you for the amazing blog and podcast content, my friend. Since moving to Tampa, Florida a year ago from Knoxville, TN, I have found my energy, productivity, attitude, aptitude and overall well-being shoot through the roof!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Did you also find bugs the size of dinner plates, those are reason enough to keep me out of the Sunshine State ;-) 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I can see why. I am in Miami as I am writing this and the sunshine is amazing. I can feel the impact on my psyche!

  • K Soss

    Michael, You have been such an encouraging voice in my life and in the lives of those I care about. Thank you so much for addressing this very important topic with humility and dignity. I know that our world has become a better place because of your willingness to share your wisdom and insight with us. Please continue to take good care of yourself and your family, as your legacy will have a monumental impact on our future world. With much love and caring, Lynn

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, so much, Lynn. Your words blessed me.

  • Karen Jordan

    I agree with your advice about music. When I’m down, I listen to praise music. I turn it on for background music while I’m writing. It also energizes me as I do housework, and I sometimes listen to it when I walk. But I usually like to hear the sounds of nature on my walks; the music of God’s creation takes me to an even higher level of praise.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I agree. Sometimes I am more energized by turning the iPod off and listening to nature.

  • http://adiligentheart.com/ Marlene

    Perfect timing! I am totally struggling with the winter funk! We moved north late last summer and this is our first real winter. The lack of sunshine is what I think is getting to me. That and too much coffee. I’ve always been a coffee person, but since this funk stage started I’ve turned to it more – hoping it would boost my energy. As always – the material you deliver is fantastic! I look forward to your podcast all the time.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Marlene, I know what you’re talking about when you say the lack of sun is a drainer. It can be difficult to do but, even with the lack of sun, I’d encourage you to get outside and enjoy it. This can help boost the mood you get from being indoors and lacking sun.

    • Jim Martin

      I relate to what you are saying about drinking more coffee when you are in a funk.  
      When I do this, I feel so sluggish in the late afternoon.  Finally, some time ago, I decided to schedule exercise for late afternoon before I go home.  Somehow, knowing that I would be in a gym in the afternoon helped me cut down on the coffee.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Marlene. I really appreciate your kind words.

  • Alan

    Here is a great lecture by the author of Wheat Belly, http://youtu.be/UbBURnqYVzw

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Thanks, Alan—I will have to give that a look!

    • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

      Nice Alan. On my “To watch” list now.

  • Bruce Cross

    In the words of the Nike slogan, one has to simply force themselves to DO IT!  Cold air in and of itself is not detrimental to one’s health and there is nothing more invigorating that getting outside for a few moments to inject some fresh air into your body.   More often, it is our state of mind that holds us back! 

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Call me crazy, but … I think walking in a nice rain or snow shower is almost as good as a walk in the sun!

  • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

     Such good questions & discussion. When I lived in Michigan, I always planned some trips to warmer climates to combat the long winters. I know some people have serious problems with SAD and am glad to see resources like this to help.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Great tip Skip – I’ve always considered those types of excursions as a “reboot” to my mental and physical operating system. Good stuff!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      You’re right Skip. Our winters can be quite draining and little trips to warmer climates can have a huge impact on our moods.

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    Michael, thanks for being so transparent about your personal experience with the “blues” – that type of authenticity helps the rest of us be more willing to admit similar issues ourselves. Thanks for opening the door!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You’re welcome, Tor. Thanks.

  • Sean

    Great podcast… but it raises the eternal conundrum:
    Sleep or Exercise…?  Too often it’s one or the other.
    “I don’t exercise enough”.  “So, get up 30 minutes earlier so you can go for walk”.
    “I’m not getting enough sleep”.  “So sleep in…”

    It’s a frustrating vicious cycle.  Sleep gets in the way of all the things I want to do…

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Another solution could be looking at other areas to cut back in. Maybe it’s not giving up more sleep or getting more exercise. It could be giving up 30 minutes of TV time or giving up reading that extra book chapter. More often than not, we have a lot of extras that we could give up and replace with healthier and wiser choices.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Sean,
      With 6 kids under the age of 12, I struggle through the same thing. Someone needs to invent a way to exercise in your sleep! Genius!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You might find that you require less sleep if you exercise consistently. I’d try it for 21 days and see what happens.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    We struggle with SAD a lot in Michigan. The seasons can have a huge effect on our moods, especially with the lack of sunshine in the winter.

    I tend to get out of funks by getting outdoors and doing something active. Even if it’s 5-10, this can create a huge change in my attitude.

  • http://www.musicradiocreative.com/ Mike Russell

    I enjoyed this podcast and have subscribed to your Music for an Outstanding Day playlist. I have to say that you have *outstanding* taste in music, Michael.

    Personally, I would like to see more Spotify playlists from you in the future. Thanks.

    • Jim Martin

      Mike, like you, when I followed the link to the music, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it came up in Spotify!

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        I’m slowly coming around! I don’t know why anyone would use iTunes after trying Spotify.

    • Andrew McMahon

      Agree Mike – although I use MOG – so have recreated playlist there is anyone wants: http://mog.com/m/playlist/45076253?ci=40000

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Thanks for doing that, Andrew.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Mike, but I have to give the credit to my wife, Gail. She created the playlists. Best!

  • Bill Marsh

    Michael,
    One simple way to energize yourself–and relieve tension–is through diaphramatic breathing, or “belly breathing” Inhale slowly (count to 7) from the bottom of your lungs, focusing on expanding your stomach. Hold the breath for 3-4 counts, then slowly exhale while letting your belly contract. Other than exercise, our breathing tends to be shallow–we engage only a portion of our lungs. Breathing diaphramatically activates our lower lungs, stimulating blood flow. You can literally “pick yourself up” out of a lethargic mood in seconds.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Great exercise, Bill.   We can starve ourselves of oxygen and not even know it.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, this is a very good tip. Thanks for sharing it.

  • http://twitter.com/authoroffaith Afi (Ah-fee) Pittman

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Michael. Sometimes you just need a reminder or you need to hear it from a new perspective. Great podcast!

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Such a great topic and podcast! My best strategy against a funk is to exercise, sleep and/or do something I truly enjoy—something NOT on my to-do list. I live in Colorado, so a walk or run outdoors almost always does the trick.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great suggestion, Michele. I agree about doing something outdoors. I’m in Miami today and just to stand on my balcony, look at the ocean, and breathe the air, is awesome!

  • Lynn Hare

    When I get in a mini-depression, the #1 thing to lift my spirits is to write letters of encouragement and appreciation. In lifting the spirits of others, invariably mine will soar.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great suggestion. Thanks.

  • Janna Chapman

    I live on the foggy NorthWest Coast of California.  The fog may be good for the Redwoods, but it can definitely cause some wintertime blues.  
    There are a few thing I like to do to get out of  a funk.  Any chance I get to be out in the sun I take it!  Even if it’s cold and windy.  A nice trip to the beach or just a walk outside.  For me exercise releases a lot of endorphins… running outside, a zumba class at the gym or a hike on a local trail all help me feel better.  Also, just having me dog out with me makes me happy because I know he’s thrilled to be out.

    Usually a funk for me is a mindset.  And doing something different and fun can be all I need to change my attitude.

  • http://twitter.com/rshealey Rick Healey

    Michael great podcast again. I do think there is something to staying positive but if I’m always telling people I’m great even when I’m not I think that would produce fake relationships. I’ve always like CJ Mahaney’s default response, “Better than I deserve”.

  • D. Foster

    Currently, I am bedridden from throwing out my back at a time when I had a lot on my plate. This podcast was very timely for me!

    Two suggestions from my own experience when I’m in a funk: one boosts creativity, the other helps me rise above the negativity.

    Firstly, to get the creative juices flowing, I pull out my guitar and play/sing songs I really enjoy for about 20-30 minutes. There’s something cathartic about participating in great music that seems to clear away the cobwebs in my mind and let me focus with greater clarity on a project.

    Secondly, when I’m struggling with negative circumstances (such as right now), I make time to read a great novel. Getting swept up in a narrative outside my own–particularly a narrative that is moving toward some definite goal or climax–helps me to contextualize my own circumstances in a way that I can move forward toward a goal rather than getting bogged down in the fog of the imminent.

    Thanks for the inspiring words!

    –Derek Foster

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I’ve dealt with a lot of “funk” in the past.  But I’ve found that writing and staying productive can help keep the “funk” at bay.  Playing a little “funky” rhythm on the drums all perks me up, too.

  • http://www.irunurun.com/blog/ Travis Dommert

    Hi Michael,

    I have experienced this both first hand and second hand.  In 2001, my wife and I moved from Georgia to Michigan.  It was November, and the southwestern side of Michigan is cloudier in the winter than almost anywhere in the country, 2nd to the shores of Alaska.

    Within 4 weeks, I was feeling completely down and out…miserable.  For a happy eternally optimistic person, this was alarming.  Then for Christmas, my wife surprised me with a challenge… “Let’s do an ironman triathlon!”

    We started training Jan 1, and almost instantaneously, near-magically, the funk was gone.  At first I just thought it was the idea of having a goal, but after reading Dr. Ratey’s book Spark: the revolutionary science of exercise and the brain, I now know it was more than that.  Sleep and exercise are God’s medicine for the body, mind, and soul!

    Incidentally, my 2nd hand insights came thru my wife.  She was in family practice and saw such a dramatic uptick in the number of depressed and drug-seeking patients in the winter that she nearly left practice.  She would come home totally exhausted and swore that as many as 50% of her patients had no underlying physical ailment…they were depressed.

    Remarkable…and something we must be aware of, both for ourselves and for those we lead.

    Haven’t commented in a while, but loving the podcast.  Keep running hard!

    -Travis

  • Heather Goyette

    Thanks for the great podcast!  I completely agree that exercise is one of the best ways to get out of a funk and to wake up.  Something I have found that works well to stay motivated to work out, even in the winter, is to sign up for an early spring race.  Then you are no longer exercising, you are training!  Signing up with a couple friends is even better.  Knowing that the race is out there is a great way to stay motivated to exercise, even in the snow!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I agree. That has worked well for me too.

  • MARK RIGGINS

    Michael I love this discussion and your insight! I wonder if some people experience a funk due to a lack of adventure. In Curtis & Eldredge’s book “The Sacred Romance” they discuss the two roads: Adventure & Safety. Safety seems to leave many people in a perpetual funk since we were designed for the adventure. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You make a very good point, Mark. Thanks.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Mark,

      I love that book. I also found Donald Miller’s “Storyline” material very helpful, too. He talks about an in-sighting incident (makes us realize we want something) in which we all need to live a meaningful life. I’m probably not explaining very well, but like Eldridge it rails against safety and consumer driven purposes. I highly recommend.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamCUnderhill Adam Underhill

    Hi Michael,

    Loved the podcast.  This was my first time listening, but I have already hit the “subscribe” button.  I want give a FULL DISCLOSURE HERE! I AM A BEACHBODY COACH…with that being said in response to Andrew Mason’s questions regarding working out in winter, why not work out at home?  I’m a hug fan of going to the gym and exercising outside when weather permits, but living in suburbs of Chicago there are many days that stepping outside will immediately give you the blues!  Kick off your morning with an at home program.  The programs these days are designed for all skill levels and have great variety.  This could be part of your annual routine that when the weather is bad you push play at  home.  Just an idea!

    Thanks again for your leadership and investment into us!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Adam. Great suggestion. You are totally right!

      Thanks also for subscribing.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Adam, Do you have any at home programs that you recommend?

      • http://twitter.com/AdamCUnderhill Adam Underhill

        Hey Barry!

        I just subscribed to your email list.  As a father of four myself, I can’t wait to get advice from a father of 6!  Feel free to connect with me via email as I have several options, but in order to make a good recommendation I would need to ask you a few questions about your current fitness level, experience, etc.  adam@healthandwealthmakeover.com

  • Jazmyn

     Thanks for the great podcast, it really helped me get out-of-that-funk!

  • http://Zentivity.com/ Jim Krenz

    I’ve tried Lift, and it has too much “friction” for me (David Allen, the Getting Things Done guru describes friction as tools that slow you down). I have over two dozen habits that I am working on, and trying to manage them in Lift doesn’t motivate me.

    I have found one that inspires me to reinforce my positive habits every day. It is called Habit List, and is available on the iTunes app store for the iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/habit-list/id525102168?mt=8

    It doesn’t have the social aspect that Lift has. For me, the only person I feel truly accountable to is me. I don’t care what some stranger thinks of my habits. I care that I think highly of myself and my habits.

    Habit List helps me maintain my habits through streaks, I can cross today’s tasks off as fast as I can draw a line through an item on a piece of paper. Zero friction. Even on days when I don’t feel motivated, I am improving my habits on the list, one after the other.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m not sure I like the social aspects either. I’ll give Habit List a look.

      • http://Zentivity.com/ Jim Krenz

        Let me know how it goes Michael.

  • http://TrueFocusMedia.com/ Jeff Long

    I can vouch for the DoTERRA essential oils.  My wife has been using them for a long time and we have noticed a difference in using them…especially over using traditional medication for our ailments.  

    The Lift app is great!  I use it to hold myself accountable and encourage others in our daily activities.  Things like getting up early (5am), reading 30-60 minutes, exercising, etc.  I highly recommend it.

  • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

    I try to prevent my funk (almost mispelled!) by keeping to my morning routine of meditation, reading and exercise.  If that fails on me, I’ll do some calisthenics  or I’ll do some free form martial arts (I dress the part if you notice the profile picture.)  Like, Michael said, sometimes just jumping around helps!  I’m past the give a darn phase in my life at least when it comes to what my peers at work think so I’m not above jumping up and down at my cube or falling down and doing push ups.  

    Also, speaking of epic music and writing,  @mhyatt:disqus and everyone else, you should check out this band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsNlhUxwGjU they are Called Two Steps from Infernus (I’m using the Latin word for the underworld so it will pass the filters:-) ) but its darn good stuff.  They aren’t my band, but I love it when I’m writing.  That link is an hour long, but you don’t have to listen to the entire thing to get a sense of the epic.
    Thanks again for all you do, you truly do have an impact on me everytime I read your content or listen to your podcast, it is as though you are coaching me in person.  So again, thank you for all you do!

  • David Mierau

    Thanks for the tips, Michael!

    One thing I’ve found helpful (in any season) is identifying and addressing unresolved conflict in my life. Relational loose ends can be a huge behind the scenes energy drain. While we can’t always reach a point of reconciliation with others, we can at least take steps to own anything we need to on our end and identify any emotions in ourselves which may be tripping us up. I’ve found that simply praying about a conflict can begin to lift some of the weight.

    Thanks for all you do, and keep up the good work!

  • http://www.spiritoferror.org/ Holly Pivec

    Winter in Fairbanks, Alaska, takes Seasonal Affective Disorder to a whole new level!  I think my secret is staying so busy that I don’t have time to think about the cold and darkness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/troyarutter Troy Rutter

    Hi Michael – found you (admittedly for the 1st time) via Cliff Ravenscraft and this was the first podcast episode I listened to.  I had been in my own funk since December (perhaps longer…) and really enjoyed this episode. Since then I’ve been going back through previous ones and have subscribed.    Just want to say thanks for a great podcast, and I look forward to many more.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Troy. I appreciate that.

  • CelesteVaughan

    Awesome post Michael! I’m a pharmacist and suffered depression for 7 years (among other things) and was healed overnight my our merciful God. Since then, I’ve been blogging and one series I did was “tips to a happier you” in which I link scientifically proved studies to the natural methods you mentioned here to “get out of your funk.” If anyone is interestes the link is http://www.celestialprescriptions.com and you can click the tag word “tips to a happier you” or choose it from tue menu item “blog series.” I’ve lived your podcasts. Keep them coming!

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