Jul 16 2015

Getting Out of a Funk

There is no person alive that hasn’t faced a moment of overwhelming helplessness. Feelings of sadness and depression can happen to anyone and may be triggered by anything. The way it is handled, however, makes all the difference, but it also does not mean that you are weak when those feelings overtake you. If you are in a funk, and feeling bottomed out, here are a few suggestions that can help you overcome it.

Firstly, it would be a good idea to know what the funk is. The funk can be described as a period of time, it may be days, weeks or even months where you feel completely overwhelmed, while also unmotivated, unbalanced, unwilling to learn, restless and hopeless. Yes, chances are, you’ve felt that way before.

Interact with people
One of the best things to do in a funk will be to interact with people. Being alone will not do you any good, so get talking; call old friends, reconnect, chat online, make new friends. In this day and age, finding someone with similar interests is as easy as a Google search.

Learn something new
All you have is time. Buy a guitar, a set of tools, a painting kit, or even a camera. Learn how to use them, develop a skill and express yourself through it. Remember it is never too late to learn things. When you get good at it, there are a lot of chances for you to meet people.

Set goals
Setting goals give you a sense of purpose. Strive to meet them and when you do, move on to higher goals. The trick is to be realistic about them. If you set sky-high goals, you are going to feel miserable when you do not reach them. Make it something that is personal and deeply important to you, it will give you the drive to get up and achieve it.

Get out of your comfort zone! Traveling is a great way to do it. Go out and see the world. Unfamiliar environments make you want to look up and take notice, keep you on your toes and force you to communicate.

Be patient
Your negative feelings will go away, but it will not be a switch on/off process. The funk may not leave you as fast as it got to you either, so be patient.

There are many triggers for a funk and they can be reasons that are cyclical, making it worse every time. Think about a recurring pain like a migraine, every time you feel down, soon, the pain may cause you to feel sad and they begin to feed on each other, making it worse. The condition can also be paralleled to the habit of people isolating themselves in times of hopelessness. If you are unable to get out of such a funk by yourself, do not, for one moment hesitate to seek help.

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