How to get out of that apathetic funk you’re in…

Do you ever get the feeling like you just what to say ‘shut the fuck up’ to the world? Like you want to just curl up and take a nap at 11am because you’re just not interested in the day?

Well that’s was me a few weeks ago. I had little motivation to DO anything. Who knows why? Maybe it’s was the humidity, the desperate need to have a holiday, my increasing workload or impending deadlines – whatever it was, it was no good.

I was miserable, mopey and probably one hell of a bitch to live with.

But we all get these moods, as fast as they come, they can disappear.

Here are just a few ways to get yourself our of that funk you’re in…

1. Exercise…such a cliché but honestly, the feeling you get after a good workout beats anything else. Plus it gets you out of the house/office for an hour or two.

2. Eat well…I know you’re wanting your body weight in chocolate right now but seriously, it won’t help (trust me, I tried this theory just for you on Saturday).

3. Have a me day…and do whatever you want. I love nothing more than taking a day to go for a wander or just lying on the sofa watching reruns of the thick of it or sex and the city. When you work for yourself (especially when you work for yourself!) there’s a feeling like you always have to be working, always hustling, always connected – you don’t.

4. Stay of social media for a day or two. The thing with twitter, facebook and instagram is it allows people to add a filter to their lives and when you’re feeling down in the dumps it’s the last thing you need. Everyone’s life looks better on social media because you only get to see what the other person WANTS you to see. So do yourself a favour and zone it out for a day.

5. Just get shit done…this post today by Ashley on The Middle Finger Project facebook page just about sums it up. Stop checking emails, facebook, twitter and just get on with what it is you need to get done. By the time you’re finished you’re going to have that post-getting-shit-done glow and you’re going to feel accomplished – that’s a feeling that no amount of facebooking can bring about.  As a pro-procrastinator I’m guilty of this. Starting my mornings off checking emails or looking at twitter just sets me back and sends me in to a complete distraction.

So tell me, what are your tips for getting out a mood?

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

8 thoughts on “How to get out of that apathetic funk you’re in…”

  1. What you say about exercise is so true. If I am in a low spot I head off for a swim. Just pounding up and down the pool really changes my mood and gives me a good appetite.

    Facebook and the like are real two edged swords, like a great black hole if you don’t control them.

  2. Yup, that was me too a few weeks ago in the heat! I think you are so right about sometimes as a freelancer just letting ourselves turn off. I mean we often never do, even if we aren’t ‘working’ our brains are whirring about our next moves. I look at 9 to 5ers, they get home, they know how to kick back. We need to force that kick back. I always find when I really just let go and, say, go out for a night of fun, the next few days my productivity soars.

  3. I feel you Rachel. Fortunately, when this happens, I have the freedom to shut down, and dont be bothered with anything.
    I think I detach myself for too long, when I dont want to be bothered. Maybe I should start to exercise. always falter in that area.

  4. I’ve had one of those days before – several times actually, but it’s been a while. I’ve realized that taking care of myself, my body, my mind, and my soul, really helps stop those “funky” days. To get of out my “funk” I have a restful day, taking care of myself, and trying to figure out why it’s happening. Exercise really helps when I’m highly emotional. I just put on my comfy workout clothes, and get moving. That at least distracts me for the time being. 🙂

  5. Oh, I definitely have moments when I want to say, “Shut the fuck up” to everything! All your points are good ones for changing things. Exercise works well for me. Gratitude is also something that can totally change your perspective on things.

  6. I have an 18 yo son with Asperger’s syndrome. I am so in the ” I just want to hide in the wardrobe” place right now. Some days are just constructed to bring you down I think. I might try going out walking.Even though it’s really cold here right now.I agree with you on exercise and cutting down social media

    1. Hey Megan, just wanted to drop you a line to say you’re right. Some days you’re just meant to huddle back and stay indoors – and there’s nothing wrong with that so long as you have some balance. xxxx

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