Sometimes, you get stuck in a funk and can’t figure out why. Maybe it is something tangible and specific. Maybe it is nothing in particular.
For example, a month ago, we had two gorgeous weeks of spring. The temperatures were in the 70s, the birds were singing, the daffodils began to bloom. I caught myself whistling as I was leaving for work.
But, as usual in Tennessee, cold weather has returned. Right now it feels just like winter. The temperatures are in the 40s. It’s overcast and raining. Last night, for no apparent reason, I caught myself in a funk.
What do you do?
Well, if you’re a blogger, you see an opportunity (or at least a post!) in every problem. I decided to make a list of twenty-four “hacks” (or quick fixes) for getting out of my funk:
- Write a list of 10 things you are thankful for. Be specific.
- Put on some upbeat, happy music. I like Keith Urban.
- Go for a walk—or a run.
- Plan a vacation or, better yet, go on one!
- Schedule an appointment with a counselor.
- Talk to a good friend who knows how to listen.
- Have a good cry. It’s okay. It will cleanse your emotional system.
- Take control of that little voice in your head. “Change channels.”
- Turn off the TV and the radio.
- Read the Psalms.
- Do volunteer work with a local charity.
- Organize your desk and/or your office.
- Take one “baby step action” for each of your top three projects.
- Take the afternoon off and take a nap.
- Get a massage or sit in a hot jacuzzi or tub.
- Change positions. If you are sitting, stand. If you are standing, sit.
- Pray. Pour out your heart to God.
- Smile. Your emotions will usually follow your body’s lead.
- Do that one thing you fear the most.
- Write a love note to your spouse and mail it.
- Excuse yourself from negative conversations.
- Resist the temptation to complain—about anything!
- Forget the past. Ignore the future. Be fully present NOW.
- Stop worrying about things you have no control over.
So what have I missed?