Lately I feel as though I have been in this weird awkward funk – like I went through an awakening and now I am back down on the spectrum again, not moving towards my “happy”. The thing that bothers me the most is that I am unaware of the event that caused this shift. Perhaps if I knew where it all began, I could go back and really evaluate things and sort them out from there. Since I don’t know, however, it has been a huge mental block of frustration. I had nothing to blog about, nothing to put on Facebook or Instagram, not even a lip dub for YouTube! I literally was just here.
I always try to analyze the situation when I get like this, and I find that analyzing really only makes things worse. In my case, I will sit and think of what’s not going right, or what might be happening that is out of my control. Basically I turn into a giant shitball of anxiety that is just sarcastically negative and not following my own advice ( I believe we have all been there at one time or another, so I’m going to give myself a pass). And then I analyze that behavior and get even more frustrated with myself.
Do you see what this is? It is nothing but a vicious cycle, and if you allow it to continue you will stay in it, get even more frustrated, move further away from reaching your goals and pretty much be someone people get sick of hanging out with! The key is to recognize when it is happening (hooray! I have seen the light!) and then take action to pull yourself out of it. Think of it as getting caught in a riptide in the ocean. You don’t fight the tide – that just exhausts you and usually makes it worse; instead, you swim perpendicular to the shore line until you find yourself out of the rip. For that reason, I have called this the Riptide Funk (sounds like an 80’s wedding band…)
So here are the 3 ways that I turn my funk back into focused energy:
(1) Tell yourself to stop obsessing over “what’s going on” that you cannot figure out, and allow the Universe to figure it out for you. Sometimes when we move through these emotions, we just need to feel them out in order to find ourselves on a clearer and more focused path moving forward. Emotions are there for a reason: to teach us more about ourselves and what make us whole. Allow yourself to feel.
(2) Take action and pick up your favorite personal development book and dive right in. Maybe during all of this time you have had thoughts relating back to a book you read that has pushed you towards taking action at all – go back and read that book. For me those two staples are Deliberate Receiving: Finally the Universe Makes Some Freaking Sense by Melody Fletcher and You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero.
(3) Find an outlet that is something DIFFERENT than what you usually do. Staying in the same routine while we find ourselves in our funk can actually keep us there longer as the funk becomes more prominent IN the routine itself. So get out of it. This morning I threw in some short Yoga. The title was “To Get the Juices Flowing” and here I am, but 20 minutes later, writing this blog when I have had nothing to say for two weeks. I’m not sayin’…I’m just sayin’. You could even just get outside! Walk a different route, get on a new train, try a new fitness class. Just change it up SOMEHOW to begin to move away from this “funky norm” and into a place of more balance and happiness.
Well, that’s all I have for now! Hopefully on my end this is forward motion in the right direction, and on your end this entry helps you to find forward motion as well! Be sure to Like or Subscribe! Posts come out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – unless I find myself in a Funk 🙂
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