I am writing this post as much for the people reading it, as I am for myself. I have been in a major funk lately, for whatever reason. I'm not sure if my over indulgence in holiday treats or drinking has done it or I'm just over worked from my three jobs, working out and trying to make an online health coaching business for myself. I'm not trying to make excuses, because I really don't think I need to, there is nothing wrong with going through periods of less motivation. I feel like it would be completely not normal to be 100% motivated and on your game all of the time. Although it would be nice, its simply not human.
If you're like me then your funks can last 1-2 days or 1-2 weeks, and hopefully you're able to pull your shit back together before things really get messy. My latest funk has been a week or so, maybe longer, longer than I like to admit of course. Again, not really sure what set it off, probably just doing to much at once, setting high expectations and goals for myself and then not meeting them. But hey, I am human and things have been looking up the past couple of days, so I am here, back at it and equipped with a new plan, fitness, nutrition and life.
Here are my tips to help you get out of your funk and pull yourself together, because at some point we have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and do something about it.
Try and pin point a few things that may have set off your funk, and either do something about it or FORGET ABOUT IT
For me, its usually something to do with going off the wagon on my nutrition, drinking a little to much or skipping some workouts. Which I have TOTALLY been doing lately. I know, I know, I'm a health coach and a personal trainer and I don't eat healthy 100% of the time, and I skip workouts. I'm normal and I don't wake up every morning at 5:30am and jump out of bed psyched to workout, there are days where I snooze my alarm an hour and a half and skip a workout. So, what have I done the past few day? Made damn sure I got up at 5:30, stuck to my nutrition plan and made shit happen.
Just because what sets me off is skipping workouts doesn't mean that is what sets your funks off! Find what yours is! A bad grade on a test, a fight with a friend, parent or significant other, a bad review at your job, not hitting some goal, whatever it may be, find it, pin point it, and don't let that one thing, that one set back define your happiness or affect your ability to succeed at the next thing.
Read or listen to some PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
I know this sounds wicked lame, and it kinda is, but it also works so just do it. Find a topic that speaks to you and speaks to your attitude and why you are in a mood. If you are just beat down and your confidence is low and you're feeling lost check out You are A Badass or I am that Girl. If you need to set some business goals, find a book for that, if you need help with disordered eating, find a book for that, if you need a book to organize your thoughts or your room or whatever, there is a book or a podcast for that.
Clean Your Space
I can tell when i get overwhelmed and busy because my room turns into a DISASTER, and it has been for the past week and it just adds to my frustration and blah mood. So clean your space, organize, light a candle, dust, vacuum, do laundry and again, pull your shit together.
Shower, Shampoo, Shave, Relax
Take a long hot shower, bath, wash your hair shave your legs, put on some lotion do your nails, do a face mask, a hair mask. Do little things that make you feel good about yourself, if you're really feeling up for a treat go get a manicure/pedicure, a facial or a massage, because you definitely deserve it.
Do something that makes you happy, and make a list of these things
I have a note on my phone with a list of things that make me feel relaxed and happy. I will go for a walk in the woods, watch an episode of Criminal Minds, do a Beachbody on Demand Yoga workout, read a book, call someone and talk to them on the phone, plan a future vacation or look up new places I want to go. All these things should make you happy!
I know this one sounds almost impossible if you have been in a mood for awhile, and you're just feeling overall blah and unmotivated. BUT if you can get yourself to exercise during your fink you can literally do ANYTHING. Even if its just taking the time to get out in nature, go for a walk and have time to yourself, you will feel so refreshed, accomplished and proud when you are done with this!
Put your phone on airplane mode, turn off your computer, your TV, your tablet and every thing else you own. Go for a walk, practice yoga, nap, stretch, lay in your bed and just think, start journaling, do anything that is not in front of a screen. Stop comparing yourself to the girl on instagram, your friend that's always posting about being so fit on Facebook, the negative tweets about things going on in the world and everything else. Take some time to focus on YOU, your texts and emails can wait.
There is no point in dwelling in the past or thinking about the unhealthy decisions you made the past few days or few weeks. We all have periods of time where we are unhealthier than others, so just accept it, move on and work on making the day that is ahead of you the healthiest you can.
Please comment below with anything else you would like to add to this list!