March, man. Amiright?
I saw on my TimeHop app that 1 year ago we took off for a quick refresher in the mountains. I went back to read about it and laughed because I was feeling the same kind of unexplained funk over the past week or two. It hasn’t been debilitating by any means, but just an overarching feeling of blah.
I was a little low on energy, feeling uninspired creatively, and wasn’t engaged in life as much as just going through the motions. Yesterday I was contemplating in my head and on instagram stories about how wonderful a day at a spa would be (not that I’ve ever done that, but I can imagine), when I realized that enough was enough. I had to pull myself out of this funk.
And I did.
I stopped expecting other people to fix it for me. I had to walk my own talk on this one. Thoughts of well I want David to get me a sitter/send me to a spa/handle XYZ were flashing through my head too often. I missed my mom and dad and had feeling bummed I hadn’t seen them in a while. Wah wah wahhhh. I always say if something isn’t working in your life, find a way to fix it. So I planned a few days to visit my folks and am considering getting a sitter for a few hours coming soon to give me some mental break time to simply wander the aisles at Barnes and Nobles.
Exercise. Novel concept, I know. My low energy had me less than enthusiastic about tying up my laces and going to Burn, but every time I finish a workout, I leave high on endorphins. Yesterday was a cardio killer. 1 minute of a station (jump rope, battle ropes, medicine ball slams, Heismans, reverse burpees), then a lap around the building. 3 rounds total. I left red-faced and smiling.
I uncluttered my virtual life. After hearing so many friends rave about taking facebook off their phones, I decided to try it this week. I’m only 4 days in but I don’t miss it. I realize how often I was mindlessly scrolling. I still have instagram and Facebook pages app (for A Healthy Slice of Life’s FB page), and that’s good for me at this moment. I’m also still leaving my phone in another room more often than not. With these two things combined, I have more time to be connecting with the people I am with in real life and my mind feels more free.
I chilled out on the coffee. I have never been a steady coffee drinker, but over the past couple of weeks I got into a coffee habit. Man, it made me feel good in the morning. My brain lit up and everything. But then by 10am I’d crash. And by 1pm I’d crave another cup. I cut it out, switched back to tea, and really like the way I feel better. I know I am more sensitive to it than most but also found it interesting that it was listed as #1 on this list of 50 Ways Healthier, Happier, and More Successful People Live on Their Own Terms.
I ate some carbs. During the week I tend to lean towards a paleo diet. Generally it is what makes me feel my best, but yesterday I made homemade pesto pizza for dinner and I’ll be darned if I wasn’t happier afterwards. Carbs are happy food.
I remembered to take my vitamins. I’m inconsistent at best at this. When my energy is low for too many days in a row, though, I find upping my water intake and taking vitamins (especially vitamin B), I tend to feel a more stable flow of energy.
Maybe I’m talking too soon (I’ve been guilty of this before), but I’m feeling lighter and back to my optimistic, cheery self today! I’m also hosting my women’s small group this morning and am looking forward to some QT with friends, another definite way to boost my mood.
Oh, and SUNSHINE! Getting outside never fails to help.
Ok, I’m done now–
What helps pull you out of a funk when they inevitably come along?