No, I’m not talking about that weird smell coming from the very back of the refrigerator. I’m talking about my mood lately. I’ve been in a funk.
Crabby, moody, and not very nice are all probably ways my family would describe me these last couple days. It’s all well deserved and more.
I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed, and letting my emotions get the best of me. Last week, I worked two jobs, scrambled to get birthday presents/cake, volunteered at school, took Mr. B to a workout class, and tried to write a blog post or two. In between, I comforted sick kids, cleaned up after a potty training protester, ran a Twins Club meeting, and tried to finish my book club book. Oh! Did I mention that I’m trying to plan for a birthday party this weekend?
I probably did. I’m feeling scattered, and just a little down.
I wish there was a good reason that I was in this funk, but there’s not. It just sometimes happens.
I honestly don’t mind being busy. I actually work better when I have a lot of things going on. However, I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated.
Party planning is one of my favorite things to do, and I haven’t done a thing yet. The party is Sunday, so it’s stressing me out a little. Although, not enough to get me to actually do anything.
I’m not sure if it’s the cloudy, rainy weather or what, but I’m just tired. I don’t want to do anything but sit in my bed and play spider solitaire on my laptop. Or watch TV and eat popcorn. Or sleep.
But, I keep pushing ahead. Why? Because I have to, mostly. Also, because a lot of people depend on me everyday.
How do I get out of this funk? I’m not sure, but I’m going to try a couple different things. Here are the things I do when I’m feeling not up to my usual Supermom status (totally kidding…I never feel like Supermom! Maybe Supermom’s assistant…on a good day.)
How to get out of a Funk
- Keep Moving
Even though I want to stay under the covers, I get up, get my workout clothes on, and head to the gym. I may have to push myself to get there, but once I’m in class, I feel a ton better. I get to sweat, clear my mind for an hour, and just move my body.
The gym might not be the thing for everyone, but try going for a walk or a run. Dance it out to music in your living room, or even your car. Getting physical can really get you out of your head.
- Do something therapeutic
For some, this could mean take a hot shower, get a massage, or even meditate. Whatever makes you feel good.
For me? I like to go shopping. I don’t even need to buy anything. Just wandering the aisles and looking for a good bargain is my therapy. Or, I like to sit in my pajamas and surf my favorite stores online.
- Talk it out
Tell your partner, friend, mother about your funk. Tell them you’re overwhelmed, and maybe even ask for some help.
This one is a hard one for me. I generally keep things bottled up, and then it all explodes out.
Luckily, this blog provides another outlet for me. While I may not always have someone to confide in, writing on these pages really helps me. I don’t always hit publish, but just getting the words out puts things in perspective.
- Cut something out
No, I can’t stop doing the laundry or making lunches/dinners, but I can take a little break. I let Mr. B buy hot lunch one day last week, even though I know he probably didn’t eat even half of it. I also decided not to do any laundry today, even though that means I’ll have so, so much more tomorrow.
I’ve also decided to cut down on writing this week. I have a birthday party to plan, and not much time left to do it. Something has to give or I’ll drive myself crazy.
It’s OK to say no sometimes.
If all else fails…
- Give in to it
If all else fails, wallow for a little bit. Take 10 minutes, an hour, or maybe even an entire night to just let all your feelings come out. Cry, scream, or just sleep. Give into your feelings of funkiness, and maybe it will help you feel better.
I know a good cry or a good night’s sleep really helps me when I’m not feeling my best. Don’t things usually seem better in the morning?
I hope at least one of these will help you and me. Stay tuned…