#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.

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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Question: What steps do you take when you try to get out of a funk?

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