The girls guide to getting yourself out of a funk (10 ways to stop being depressed)
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How to get yourself out of a freaking funk
Yeah, I’m calling it a funk and not depression bc if you call it depression your dr will try to prescribe you meds that change your brain, and honey we are stronger than that. We can do this! If not then back to the doctor but let’s try these things and give ‘em a shot
Feeling a little stuck in a rut? We’ve all been there. Sometimes life can feel overwhelming, and it’s easy to slip into a funk. But don’t worry, because you can do plenty of things to lift yourself out of it. Here are some tips to help you get started:
10 Ways To Stop Being Depressed
1. Start your day right
This means actually getting out of bed. I read a book that helped and the number one piece of advice was to treat yourself like a rocket ship. Right when you wake up, do not hit snooze, because if you do you’ll really eff up your REM cycle and it’ll take 4 hours to get out of that daze once you finally get up. So once your alarm goes off say to yourself 5,4,3,2,1 blastoff! Then get up and put your feet on the ground. You can also set your Alexa to do a routine at your alarm clock time. She will tell you good morning, tell you a quote, the weather, or play your favorite song.
Force yourself to put on makeup and get dressed. Even a cute loungewear outfit will do the trick.
Create a morning routine. I typically like to start making breakfast and then sit down with my gratitude journal. Then, I take my pills (which I’ll get into later) and then make my coffee. Next, I listen to a 10 min book recap from the Headway app and then have *Alexa play chill music*.
2. Who you follow online matters
If you notice the people you’re following online are impacting your mental health then please just hit the unfollow button. Or better yet, delete the app from your home screen and take a break. You can also set a focus time on your phone and a social media timer within the app.
If you’re going to stay on social media I’d recommend following more mental health awareness accounts. I follow a few Doctors in the fields that I like to know more about and they make me feel hopeful because knowledge is power.
This doesn’t just go for social media. You must cut negativity out of your life. News, family, and friends that you feel are draining, don’t respect your boundaries, and are constantly complaining and being negative – cut them out. Not forever but until you can handle it again. Bring positivity in. Glennon Doyle has an amazing quote I have on my wall, Only love in, only love out.
Cut negativity and add positivity DAILY and watch the change.
3. Go to church
Going to a church service typically does it for me. I always feel like my pastor is speaking directly to me. If you’re not Christian then you can lean into your religion. Believing and having faith do so much for me mentally.
4. Be kind to yourself
Hype yourself up. I don’t have to tell you all the studies done on how words manifest and what you say matters. The study with plants growing more, the study of when you talk nicely about your kids to their stuffed animals in front of them how big of an impact that makes. Do the same for yourself. Be kind to yourself. Say nice things. Lemme hear those affirmations even if you don’t believe them give yourself grace. If you don’t believe them your brain won’t either so you have to set that tone in your affirmations. For example, I USED to hate taking my meds but now they go down easy for me and they help me start my day! I USED to hate getting up early but now it helps me have more energy and feel great, I USED to hate getting dressed but I feel really pretty, I USED to hate taking my meds but now it’s easy. It’s just a part of my morning routine that I love.
And for kids, that will also help you, “ALEXA, PLAY AFFIRMATION SONG!”
5. Listen Up
An epic playlist
Speaking of music, I believe music has the power to change your mood. You want to make sure you’re listening to high-vibrational music. That the words are positive and uplifting. Create a playlist of songs that make you feel good that you can go to if you’re in a funk. And SING at the top of your lungs. Volume 100
Sing loud. My top songs are, Sis you a bad bish, Victoria’s Secret, Good day kid Kenn, I’m getting ready, Grateful, and Proud of you!
Remember to loosen yourself up. Dance around the house or in the mirror because you’re a bad b!
Laugh it off
Listen to a comedian on Netflix or go to a comedy show
Listen to a motivational inspirational book or read. I try to listen to a 10-minute summary of a motivational or inspiring book on the Headway app every morning.
Hop in a room like Breakfast of Champions to get inspired and feel motivated to take on the day.
6. Get Active
If you’re angry head to a kickboxing class or run. If you want to just get moving you can walk around your neighborhood or put on a speed walking video from Youtube. I love those. Dopamine and serotonin help so much when you just feel icky. Move your body for your mental health, not weight loss.
7. Set small goals
Setting small, achievable goals can be a great way to get yourself out of a funk. It could be something as simple as cleaning out a closet or trying a new recipe. Accomplishing these goals can give you a sense of satisfaction and help you build momentum.
8. Acknowledge your feelings
The first step in getting yourself out of a funk is to acknowledge your feelings. It’s okay to not be okay. Allow yourself to feel your emotions, whatever they may be. Don’t try to suppress or ignore them, as that will only prolong the funk.
I started going to therapy and it was the best thing I could have done. I’m proud I took the first step. I grew up holding a lot in. Being strong. Not sharing emotions. It was seen as a weakness. But I’ve grown. I’m not embarrassed about going to therapy or ashamed. Quite the opposite. It’s badass and I would recommend everyone find a therapist to talk to. It’s so interesting to me how they piece things together for you to help you understand your triggers.
I am a little terrified to unpack some things but more excited to heal and not repack anything. It means I’ve grown as a person and I’m taking steps to continue growing.
I’m even more proud to become more empowered and have more tools at my disposal to be able to pass down to Colt baby. To help him have healthy boundaries, better communication, and emotional skills. To be better.
9. Connect with others
When you’re feeling down, it can be easy to isolate yourself. But connecting with others can be a great way to lift your spirits. Call up a friend, go out for coffee, or join a group that interests you. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone.
10. Take care of yourself
Self-care is important, especially when you’re feeling down. I love my gold eye patches from iHerb. And this ice roller is a must. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself physically by eating well, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep. Exercise is also a great way to boost your mood. Take a walk, do some yoga, or hit the gym. Whatever works for you!
Take a cold shower or cold plunge. It’s just good for you
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Remember to STACK with all of these positive moves and mini-changes will add up. If you do more than one the stacking method will add up and turn your funk right around! You have to BE before you can become.
I saw this online and it really shifted my perspective. The Real Brad Lea said, “If I gave you a million dollars in cash how would you feel? Would anyone be able to get you in a bad mood? – No
If I said it’d give you 10 million but you couldn’t wake up tomorrow would you take it? – No
So what you’re saying is that waking up, just waking up is worth more than 10mil dollars?
That’s how you should feel every day you wake up.”
When it’s a good day, you turn into a magnet for good things. Perspective is everything.
Please seek help if you need it. If you feel like it’s too much to pull yourself out on your own, always ask for help. You’re amazing. You’re worth it.
If you’re really struggling to get yourself out of a funk, don’t be afraid to seek help. Talk to a therapist or counselor, call the suicide hotline, or a medical professional, or reach out to a trusted friend or family member. There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it.
Remember, it’s okay to not be okay. Getting yourself out of a funk takes time and effort, but it’s worth it.
Start small, be kind to yourself, and don’t give up. You’ve got this!