We’ve all experienced it.
Feeling like your life at the moment is stuck in park and your zest for life has temporarily been zapped. If you’re there now or have been there, know you are not alone.
Perhaps it’s a dead end job that has you down. Or maybe the lack of a job. It could be a challenging relationship or lack of one altogether. It could be just life in general has you down.
Whatever the case, the good news is, even if your circumstances don’t immediately change, your attitude can.
Here are 10 Powerful Practices That Can Get You Out of That Funk.
1) Be Specific About What You Are Grateful For.
Gratefulness has a way of changing your perspective almost immediately. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have at the moment, what can you be thankful for that you do have? The daily practice of gratefulness has been life changing for me.
2) Listen to Music That Puts You in a Good Mood.
Music is one of the most powerful tools on the planet. It has the power to change your mood by tone, beat, melody and words. What music puts you in a great mood? Crank it up and watch your mood begin to change.
3) Serve Others.
Sometimes we can get so inward focused that we forget we were created to serve others. Serving and focusing on others, even in small ways, takes your mind off yourself, helps regain perspective and brings meaning and purpose into your life.
4) Engage In Something You’re Passionate About.
We all have something that we love to do. Something that “fills us up”. Something that causes time to stand still and brings us energy. I have a friend that loves camping. He has made a goal to go camping 10 times this year. What are you passionate about? Do it more often.
5) Spend Time With a Life Giving Friend.
We become the average of the five friends we associate with the most. There are life sucking people and life giving people. Live giving conversations are priceless. Spend time more time with the life giving people and eliminate the negative ones.
6) Get More Sleep.
Lack of sleep in and of itself can be a real downer. It contributes to poor decision making, exhaustion and an irritable mood. Even a good nap can radically change your perspective. Go to bed earlier and skip the television show or internet. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
7) Go For a Walk.
Getting some fresh air and exercise has profound positive effects on our life. It helps us think creatively and kicks our endorphins into gear which leads to a more positive mood. I like to go for a daily walk in the morning which has had amazing effects in jump starting my day.
8) Watch Something Funny.
There is Proverb in the Bible that says, “Laughter is good like medicine.” Studies have shown that hearty laughter even helps reduce pain. Unfortunately, studies also show that as humans age out of childhood, they laugh considerably less. Make a commitment to find things that make you laugh and live a better life.
9) Read Encouraging Scripture.
I’m a person of faith who loves to read the Bible. Some of my favorite Scriptures remind me of what God has done for me and how much He loves me. One of my all time favorites is Romans 8:28. “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” For me, nothing trumps the power of encouraging Scripture.
10) Do Something Fun.
How many times do we find ourselves in a rut, doing the same things over and over yet expecting different results? Take yourself out of your normal routine and go do something fun. What if you did something out of the ordinary, like go carting or bowling with your family or a friend? Do something that will make you laugh and put a smile on your face. What is fun to someone else, may not be fun to you. Do something you would enjoy. And really enjoy it!
Here’s to getting out of that funk! Go be awesome this week.