Happy Monday Friends! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend. Mine was great, I spent a lot of time reflecting on the year so far. Is it just me or did we blink and were almost halfway through the year? Anyways, I have been doing a lot of self reflection lately. One of the things that I have learned this year, is to pick myself up when things don’t work out and try again. As much as I want to tell you that if you work hard enough, everything will work out in your favour, the truth is that this is often not the case. The art of picking yourself back up is such an important lesson that I will be going into it in detail today. Lets talk about How to get inspired when you are in a Funk.
We all experience ‘Funky’ situations once in a while. While it may feel like the end of the world, there are ways to overcome these situations. Here are six ways to get inspired when you are in a Funk.
Acknowledge That You are in A Funk
A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioural problems. As summarized by the American Psychological Association, the first step is accepting that you have a problem.
Sometimes, we go through these funks and allow it to consume our joy without every realizing that we are doing so. The first and most important step is to acknowledge that there is a problem.
Figure out WHY you are in a funk
Being able to identify the source of concern is important in understanding how you deal with the situation. This step is also important because it can help you to identify patterns and situations that trigger these feelings in you. I would recommend that you write everything down. When you do, try to be as specific as possible. By writing things down, I have been able to look back and draw connections between things that I may not have noticed in the moment. It helps for future ‘funks’ because you may be able to identify that you are in a funk sooner.
Give yourself a break
While it is not fun to be in these situations and you want to get back to normal as soon as possible, it is important to give yourself a break. Have you ever been trying to solve a problem but you couldn’t find the solution because you were trying too hard? It might be when you are in the shower or about to go to sleep that you get that lightbulb moment. The same holds true for when you are in a funk. If you are trying really hard to figure out how to get back to normal, you will often feel stuck. This can cause even more frustration. Instead take a break- a couple of hours or sometimes days away from the problem (see Step 2), may be necessary before you actively start trying to get things back in order.
Get proper rest and recharge your self. You will find that you are more energized to tackle the next steps.
Change Your Routine
In many ways, maintaining a consistent schedule is your friend. People will tell you set a schedule and stick to it everyday. The truth is that doing the same thing every day can stunt your creativity. Instead, challenge your thought process by switching things up. Altering my daily routine is the simplest thing that I do to create new energy. Sometimes, even the smallest change can trigger your senses, which can help you get out of a creative funk. Do you always check the news first thing in the morning? Switch things up by checking it while you eat breakfast. You know your schedule better than I do, so you can figure out easy tweaks that will help boost your energy.
“Creativity is enhanced by our ability to look at things from as many different perspectives as possible — not repeating the same thing over and over,”
If your lack of motivation or ‘funk’ stems from feeling pressured about a big task ahead of you, you can start small to build momentum for the bigger task. You don’t have to get everything back on track right away. Taking small steps in the right direction is just as important as getting yourself to the final destination.