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Do you ever get in that mood where you’re just feeling a bit… blah? There’s not always a real reason that you can put your finger on, but you’re just feeling low. In a funk.
I think it’s something that happens to all of us, at least on occasion, and probably a lot more over the last year with lockdowns and working from home and other disruptions to our regular life.
When this happens, sometimes it can be hard to clear our heads and shake that funky feeling. Maybe your funk has got you feeling unmotivated, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed. Maybe you can’t even really put into words how you’re feeling. I often just describe it as feeling “blah” because I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is.
I’ve learned that it’s very useful to know what helps you to snap out of it when you’re in that headspace. Having a little toolkit to turn to when you need help getting out of a funk can make a world of difference.
These are 10 mood boosters that work great for me when I’m feeling low. Some of these may work great for you too, or some of them might not be your thing. Make yourself your own list of things that you know can help to boost your mood when you’re feeling low. Keep that list handy, and when you’re feeling like you’re in a funk and need a lift, try doing a couple of the things on your list. They don’t have to be complicated. They can be really simple, quick things that you could do anywhere.
1. Go outside
For me sometimes this means working outside if the weather allows. It can be so refreshing and energizing to sit outside and feel the sun on my face while I work. But this can also be just as simple as walking out my front door, standing outside for a few minutes breathing in the fresh air, and then going back in. Even just a few minutes of fresh air, away from our constant screens, can make you feel better.
2. Close your eyes and sit in silence
Meditating is something that I have trouble sticking with and making a regular part of my daily routine. But sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed I simply stop what I’m doing, close my eyes, and breathe. I sit in silence and let myself just rest for a moment. That can be all it takes to help me refocus and snap me back into feeling ready to go.
3. Put your phone away
This is a big one for me. In fact, I’ve realized that a lot of the time my phone is what gets me feeling low in the first place. It distracts me from being productive, it brings mindless scrolling, and often an overload of information. All of this in turn can make me feel lethargic and unmotivated.
If you’re feeling that way, turn your phone completely off or tuck it in a drawer for a few hours. It doesn’t really matter what you do while your phone is put away. Just the simple act of not having it in your hand for a few hours can make you feel so much better.
4. Eat something you love
One of my favourite quotes lately, that, of course, I can’t remember where I saw, is that “some food nourishes our body, and some food nourishes our soul”. When I’m feeling in a funk, something that can cheer me up is to eat something that REALLY nourishes my soul. Something that makes me happy to eat and lifts my spirits because it’s just so delicious.
This doesn’t necessarily have to be something “unhealthy”, just as long as it’s something that you love. For me lately, a food that has really made my heart happy has been something so simple – a piece of toast with peanut butter and banana on it. Delicious, and it definitely boosts my mood when I eat it.
5. Call a friend who always makes you feel good
When I’m feeling low or just feeling that kind of indescribable “weird” emotion, I don’t always feel like reaching out to a friend. But whenever I do, it makes me feel so much better. Even if I’m feeling like I don’t want to talk to anyone and I just want to wallow in my funk, having a call or FaceTime with one of my best friends always makes me feel better.
I know, I know. Everyone tells you how great exercising is for you and how the endorphins will make you feel so much better. But you don’t have to go to the gym and do a really intense workout to get this benefit. Exercise shouldn’t be something you do to punish your body, it should be something you do because you love your body and want to take care of it.
It can be as simple as going for a walk around the block or doing 10 minutes of yoga, or a few jumping jacks. I like to tell myself that five minutes of exercise is better than zero minutes of exercise.
7. B12 Supplement
If you don’t already know, B Vitamins are awesome for your brain. They impact your energy levels, brain function, and cell health. I take a vitamin B12 supplement every day, and honestly, it’s one of my favourite parts of my day. Mine comes in the form of a delicious beverage, not just a boring pill, and I love it.
Nutritious food can have a huge impact on our mood and our overall well being, and supplements can be a great way to fill in the gaps.
I love to journal. It’s one of the easiest ways for me to clear my head and start to feel better when I’m overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, or upset. There are several different kinds of journaling that you can do, and I switch between different kinds depending on what I need. You can read about the four types of journaling I do here.
My personal favourite for when I’m in a funk is to just do a brain dump. I don’t worry about what I’m writing or how it sounds, I just dump out any thought that pops into my head and write it down. By the end, I usually feel much better. Sometimes our brains just need a good decluttering.
9. Do one small chore
Never underestimate the power of momentum. When I’m feeling unmotivated and overwhelmed, sometimes all it takes to snap me out of it is to do one simple chore. Maybe it’s emptying the dishwasher, or starting a load of laundry. That one thing, whatever it may be, gives me a tiny boost of momentum to do another small thing. And then that gives me the momentum to cross something else off of my to do list.
Before you know it you’ll be feeling much more productive and ready to tackle those bigger projects that have been overwhelming your mind.
10. Turn on your favourite music and dance
No matter how I’m feeling or how deep in a funk I am, this one works EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
There’s truly nothing that puts me in a better mood than blasting some music and dancing around without a care in the world. Don’t worry about how you look, or if you’re dancing well. In fact, the sillier and more ridiculously you dance the better! Let it all loose and just have fun. Sing at the top of your lungs, be goofy and weird. If you do that and let yourself feel free, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll feel better.
Now that you know what my ten go-to mood boosters are, it’s time for you to make your own list! Think about what little activities always put you in a good mood and make you feel good. Write those down, even if you can only think of a few at first. Keep your list on your phone or pinned up somewhere, and the next time you’re feeling down, go to your list.
Not only is this list of mood boosters great for getting out of a funk, but I’ve also found that when I incorporate some of these things into my daily routine, it can prevent that mood from happening as frequently, to begin with.
I hope this helps you the next time you’re feeling low. If you have your own little things that you like to do to boost your mood, let us know in the comments below!