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Getting Out of a Funk

by Sarah Wilkinson, Class of ’17

Sometimes something awful happens and your mood dips to the dangerously low levels: you’re in a funk. It doesn’t even have to be something big – anything can tip the scales. When you’re in the middle of something important – class, work, an interview – you have to find a way to power through the funk.

This article from themuse.com has some excellent suggestions. You can read it for yourself, or read on for a brief recap.

  1. Have a item (or talisman) that makes you feel happy. It can be your guitar, your favorite book, a rock you picked out of the creek in fourth grade.
  2. Get off your Facebook newsfeed and make a personal connection. Talk to someone. Seriously – it helps.
  3. Make someone’s day. Go to gofundme.com and donate a dollar to a random cause that interests you. Write a little thank you note to your favorite teacher for being awesome and drop it in their mailbox.
  4. Take a moment and be grateful.
  5. Use the Mindfulness App to help get you in the habit of deep breathing. Take full, slow breathes targets the adrenals, reducing stress and boosting your mood.
  6. Don’t compare, compete, criticize, or complain. Negativity begets negativity!
  7. Find a quiet spot and be by yourself.
  8. Listen to your favorite song.
  9. Take a walk to clear your head.

Most suffering is caused by us running away from a feeling. We don’t want to accept our sadness, so we get angry at it. One of the best things you can do is take a moment to accept what you’re feeling – no matter what it is – and then continue with your day. Let it out, do what you have to do, and move past the little bump in the road. Because that’s all it is: a little bump.

Source: The Muse