GETTING OUT OF A FUNK

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A funk- something we can all relate to. When the brain feels foggy, you become unsure of yourself and your capabilities, and struggle to pull yourself out and be who you once thought you were. It’s a tough place to be, and hopefully after reading this post you’ll feel more able to get back to where you live best.

 

STOP

I think this is the most important thing. Stopping whatever is causing you to stress out is vital. Even if it’s not something you can stop doing (such as a work situation), trying to reduce the amount of mental time you spend on it really will help. Even if you can’t control how much time it takes up in your daily life, you can choose your thoughts. I tend to over-think everything, so especially when I’m going through a tough time, it only makes it worse. Getting a bit of space between you and what’s causing the upset will only make you feel better, trust me. Realising that in fact there are plenty of others things out there (that you still enjoy and are awesome at) is so refreshing and can really lift the fog a little.

 

CHANGE

Once you’ve given yourself a bit of a time-out, now is the time to make the change. Whatever is making you unhappy needs to be altered, in some way. You can’t go on like this forever. We all deserve to live the life we want. Whether its a relationship that needs some time being inputted into it or maybe you’re feeling pressured into writing blog posts you can’t connect with anymore? There is always a better way to do things that can only be found by you. Something needs to change. Maybe this is the time when you think you want to quit altogether, which leads me on to…

 

WHY

The ‘why’. Why you do it. Why you started. Why you have worked on it for such a long time, and what drives you. Does it make you truly happy? Maybe a part of it does, and you need to do that bit more, and the others less. What was the purpose and did you lose that along the way? Sometimes we all need a bit of a restructure to keep things fresh and interesting. We are humans, things change. If you don’t like being goal-led with numbers or figures, focus on different parts to it instead, how it makes you feel once you’ve completed it, the pride you feel that you were the one behind the idea. I find remembering why you started is so beneficial and can inspire new ideas and motivations that you didn’t even know you had.

 

How do you get out of a funk?

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  • These are really good tips. I recently got into a funk with blogging and did exactly what you’ve suggested, I had a little break from it, then decided something had to change once I realised what exactly was making me unhappy about it. I switched platforms and had a redesign and now I feel so motivated and inspired with it 🙂

    Hannah xx
    http://www.hannahemilylane.com

    • Ahh thats amazing, I think we all need a bit of a refresh and re-set every now and again! xx

  • I sometimes find it difficult to get out of a funk every now and then. I just have to remind myself to slow down and tackle things one thing at a time. I always stop what I’m doing for a bit and try to change my routine around a bit. Great tips! 🙂 xx

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

    • Its sometimes so hard to get out of, I have to remind myself what really matters at the end of the day. Thanks for reading lovely! xx

  • Rachel

    I love this post. I always find taking a break and a change of scenery helps me, whether it’s just going for a walk or getting away for a weekend.

    • YES! And putting the phone away always works wonders for me 🙂 xx

  • I love this post Natalie. Literally feel like I’m in a weekly funk at the moment. Definitely agree about having some thinking space from something.. I often find I’m worn out just from thinking. Love reading these posts, keep it up

    Emma | http://www.limeafterlime.com

    • Ah no it sucks you feel that way! Thank you so much for all of your support, I hope you start feeling better soon and put all the worries behind you!

  • This is all great advice! Change is so important and I think sometimes it’s the hardest thing for people, including me sometimes.

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

  • This is wonderful! I’m also a massive over thinker, so it can be really hard to get headspace when I’m in a funk. So important to get a little bit of space xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Exactly the same girl, overthinking is just the worst thing out! xx

  • Amy Eade

    I love this post girl and it’s particularly relevant for me right now. Weirdly I feel so much calmer already just knowing I have a week where I don’t feel any pressure to post on my blog! I definitely need to look at change too and why I was feeling like that in the first place!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • I think you’re gonna feel so much better after your break. I will definitely be taking one when I need to! Its SO important xxx

  • Vick’s Up

    Great post, I just discovered your youtube channel! I love it!
    http://vicksup.com/

  • Diana Maria

    I had a slight funk a few days ago from overthinking and what helped me was the why, and taking a break. I think you’re so right about that, reminded yourself of why you began in the first place can help you worth through that tough period of time! xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days | Bloglovin’

    • It definitely helps and makes you see the light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t it? Keep doing your thing lovely lady! xx

  • the spicy bean

    Taking a break is such a good idea. I think it’s important to step back a bit from everything before starting the other steps. It’s so nice to see people allowing themselves to take a break – part of the problem is when people think they can’t stop for even a second and breathe! I loved reading this, it’s helped me remember those coping strategies and get myself out of my grumpy time a bit 🙂