I think January on the whole wasn’t my favorite. Snow on top of more snow, not very much sunlight at all, gloomy days, bitter temperatures, the whole month just wasn’t really my jam. Feeling in a bit of a funk during the best conditions (for me that might look like a crisp fall day, a sunny, patio sitting kind of afternoon, or a breezy spring day), well feeling in a bit of a funk under those conditions is bad enough, but when you’re not feeling your usual sense of calm, kind of feeling off for no real pin-pointable reason, feeling that way in the dead of winter? Well that just feels like a double whammy, you know what I’m saying?
Something has felt a little bit off. I don’t have a big story or reason why I’m feeling funk-ish; I don’t have a reason to pin it all down to, it just feels like a general sense of… “blah,” that was hanging around last month.
I also realize that some people have some serious things going on, serious reasons for a funk, or a case of the sads, or really do have a diagnosed SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Sometimes I think of this and I know my funk pales in comparison, but I guess we all are dealing with… something, right? Big or small, we all have something on our plates, and we’re all just trying to do our best.
I think it’s important during these kind of funky times to be in the moment, remind ourselves that it’s okay to feel not awesome and not totally on point and on our game all of the time, because those are some high expectations to have and to put on ourselves! I also try not to totally wallow in the throws of a funk for too long. I tried to kind of wrap my mind around what I was feeling, and when I couldn’t really attribute my blank mood to anything in particular, I thought of what I could do to kind of get myself out of the funk.
- Exercise- This one usually always helps me to feel in a good mood, gives me more energy, good endorphins and all that goodness. Some days I just wasn’t feeling it, so I went a little easier with myself and did yoga instead of something more intense, or considered the shoveling as my workout. Holy hell, all the shoveling.
- Reading- Getting drawn into a good book is something that helps to distract the mind, and I enjoy getting sucked into a good story. Using our imaginations can help to get us out of our own heads for a while, and I like how reading a novel can take us to a whole new place.
- TV- Probably not the best choice of distractions, but if I’m being real and honest I will tell you that I enjoy shutting my mind off and watching TV for a while. My newest favorite- Love, Lust, or Run- Stacy London’s new show on TLC. Kind of What Not to Wear-ish, but shorter and without Clinton which is a bummer for me. I love Clinton!
- Writing letters- Like real, handwritten notes and cards. I’m getting back into corresponding with an old friend, snail mail style, and I just love writing and receiving notes in the mail.
- Cleaning & organizing- For some, doing this one might not be what you’d go to when in a funk, but lately I’ve been really excited about keeping our new home clean and organized, decorating and thinking of new ways to make our home feel even more like “us.”
- Pinterest- It helps with the decorating ideas! And recipe planning. And fashion inspiration. And hair! I could look at hairstyles for hours on end.
- Getting a new hairdo- I’m making an appointment for next week for a little spruce up of my do’. That always makes me feel in a good mood!
- Helping others- This one is in the works. I’m looking for some opportunities to do some more volunteering. I’m part of a volunteering organization in Boston, but haven’t really delved into it all too much. I’ve been wanting to find a local soup kitchen or food pantry to volunteer some time at, so I’m looking into that. Back a few years ago, I used to visit with an elderly woman in my town, something setup through the Council on Aging I think, and it was something I enjoyed a lot. I’d like to see if something similar exists in our new community, or even a local nursing home where I could go and visit with the residents there. I have always enjoyed spending time with the elderly.
So, those are some of my get-out-the-funk go-to’s I’ve been working on lately. I’m feeling a bit better, it being February and a shorter month, closer to some warmer weather, already seeing some more daylight. I’m looking forward to the weeks ahead as I have some plans with friends that I’m looking forward to, a long weekend getaway to see some friends and my God children, and a few other exciting things in the works.
How about you? Have you had a case of the Januaries? What do you do to get out of a funk?
Here’s a couple good articles I found that touch on the subject..