Recently I have been seeing a lot of people wondering how to get out of a funk/the blues/a bad mood. This is a case of true synchronicity because I, myself, was looking for direct action to take to beat the blues and only this week came up with this list:

Things to do when you’re in a funk:

  1. Wash your face. Brush your teeth. Put on moisturizer. You’re worth your own care!
  2. Put on some tunes. Dance if you can manage it.
  3. Affirmations rock. Make a list of positive statements, written in the present tense as though they are already happening for you. Say them out loud. Believe them!  (Even if you don’t realize it, your subconscious believes you when you say things. Feed it the good stuff!)
  4. Remind yourself of your brilliance. (You are amazing! )
  5. Get some sun (or light therapy).
  6. Meditate/pray/talk to the Universe/journal. Get it out where you can see it. Let go of responsibility for everything.
  7. Remember: There are no big monsters! Only tiny monsters pretending. *
  8. On the topic of little monsters, do 5-10 short easy tasks. Put away that pen. Take out the trash. Deal with and delete an email or two.
  9. Swallow the damn frog. Most of the time it’s not as bad as you think it’s going to be and even if it is, it will be done instead of looming. **
  10. Take a nap. “It’s okay to have a bad day. Just don’t unpack and live there.”

*The Tiny Monsters Speech

I am easily overwhelmed by things. My husband, a project manager by profession, has helped me with the following analogy: There are no big monsters! Only tiny monsters pretending. Break down big, scary, unmanageable-seeming tasks into smaller tasks until you have the size task you feel you can conquer. Once you conquer that “little monster” you have made your project that much smaller.  I often call or text him and ask for the Little Monster Speech!

** When I was in direct sales I learned a sentence from Belinda Ellsworth that has helped me change a long standing-pattern of procrastination. Swallow the frog first. It comes from a couple of quotes by Mark Twain: “ If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.”  “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” So, tackle the thing on your to-do list you least want to do. You’ll feel ever so much better once it’s done.

If you have any funk-busting tips, let me know! We all benefit when we share our best ideas. (If your “blues” are crippling or have lasted more than a few days, please seek professional help.)