I don’t know about you, but February is always a hard month for me, here in Southern Indiana it’s gray, cold, raining, and a few days of unusual sunny weather. It has a way of making me feel blah! I have noticed over the last few weeks feeling more blah then normal. There are multiple things I do when I start to feel this way and I thought I would share them with you in case you feel the same way.
- I have found that self-love affirmations are very powerful when you just feel off. There are lots of ways to practice affirmations, you can find ones that you identify with and read them out loud to yourself or in front of a mirror. Google is your friend when it comes to affirmations there are thousands of them out there! What I prefer though, is an affirmation meditation. You can do these in the shower, as you walk, in the car, where and whenever you want to. Here is one that I like, Self Love Affirmation Boost | Selena Lael, Insight Timer https://insighttimer.com/selenalael/guided-meditations/self-love-affirmation-boost-2
- I am a person of routine, most of my day is scheduled and I have a “to do” list to complete, so when I get in a funk, one thing that helps is switching things up. I love to workout, but I do not love to run, in fact I had not run since October, but last week when the sun was out and I needed to change things up, I went for a run, it was a new challenge for my body and mind, and it really helped me push through my funk. Believe it or not creating stress for your body is a great way to push yourself forward.
- When you are feeling blah, reaching out to a friend to just chat and catch up can truly fill you with JOY! We all have busy lives and sometimes we let our friendships be the thing we don’t make time for. So, if you are feeling “off” maybe it’s time to reach out and reconnect with a friend that you miss. It’s good for your soul to have that connection.
- I know I say this a lot, but journaling is a great way to connect with what you are feeling and why you feel the way you feel. Put on some music, grab some coffee or tea, and just write, let your mind run free don’t try to control the feelings just write whatever comes to you. You will be amazed how much you can write when you just allow your thoughts to flow.
- Intentionally spend time in nature. Being in nature has a way of bringing calm and peace. There is actually a practice called “grounding” where you walk barefoot in grass for 10 to 15 mins to connect with the Earth. But you could simply go for a walk or a hike, without electronics, try to just listen to your surroundings, look around and just see nature all around you. It’s surprising how serene and peaceful it is.
I hope these tips help you get out of your funk, if you have a practice that helps you get out of your funk, I would love for you to share it with me. Just simply post a comment! If you enjoy this blog, go to thejoy-box.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter!