After Donald Trump won the American Presidency on November 8th, I went into a deep depression like a lot of you. I bawled on my kitchen floor on Wednesday morning while watching Hillary Clinton making her concession speech, and the rest of the week I waffled between trying to be hopeful and ordering pizza because I couldn’t bring myself to move from my couch. It’s almost been two weeks since then, and like any mourning process, it’s time to pick ourselves off the floor and get on with our lives – not to forget about things, but to carry on with self care and every day activities as to not be defeated. Once we have our strength back, we’ll be ready to fight for the next four years. But for now, it’s one step at a time.
Here are 8 foolproof ways for getting over a funk that I’ve tested repetitively over the years:
1. Let There Be Light
Regardless if it’s early in the morning or you’ve slept in til 4 PM, open the curtains, turn on all the lights in your apartment, light some candles, and bring in all the light around you that you can. Even if you don’t have the energy to get out of bed, having as much light around you as possible will instantly wake you up, improve your mood, and help you to start getting out of your funk.
2. Turn on Energizing Music
Whether it’s our REVOLUTION playlist or a conscious DJ set like this one , having energizing music on is key to changing your perspective. There have been so many times where I couldn’t fathom getting up and exercising, doing work or cleaning my apartment that I ended up feeling 100% better after turning on some energizing music. This leads me to my next point…
3. Get Your Body Moving
People don’t workout because it feels good at the time, they work out because it feels AMAZING afterwards. Literally every morning I don’t want to work out, but once I start I feel completely different – happy and energized for the rest of my day. I start by turning on energizing music and moving into stretches, then doing yoga and finishing off with a cardio workout. Whether you do some stretches at home, go for a walk outside, or go for a run at the gym, get your body moving and it’ll thank you!
4. Eat a Nutritious Meal
I’m the first one to admit that when I feel depressed I can’t bring myself to eat – and if I do it’s because I’m finally starving. At this point I’m more likely to reach for junk food because it gives me that instant gratification, even though I know it’ll make me feel worse in the long run. Order a healthy meal or grab something healthy from your kitchen – anything – to help regulate your mood and give you energy. When you have more energy, cook yourself a healthy meal and enjoy it with a Netflix show or loved ones. Then focus on stocking your apartment with healthy fruits and vegetables so it’s easy to eat three meals a day and keep your blood sugar regulated.
5. Be Around Friends
When I’m depressed the last thing I want to do is go out. And as tempting as it is to stay in bed on social media, physically being around people is so important for improving your mood. Reach out to go along with a friend while they walk their dog, join them while they run errands quickly or accompany them to try a new yoga class. Check out a conscious event that a bunch of your friends are attending and just dance among your community. Even if you don’t want to talk, being around others that have your back really helps you remember that others are there for you and feeling the same way.
6. Remember What It’s Like to Laugh
One of the first things I did when I couldn’t take the news anymore was turn on a Netflix Comedy Special. Even though laughing may seem like a betrayal in this serious time, it’s important to remember what it’s like to enjoy life. So, call a friend who always makes you laugh, go watch a standup show with some friends or just do something silly like having your partner do your makeup. Laughing, even a little, will be sure to improve your mood and help you get out of your funk.
7. Give Back to Others
When you’re trying to find hope in the world, start by being the hope you want to see. Reach out to others who are feeling down and see how they’re doing. Write a Facebook status about how you’ve been feeling and let others know they’re not alone. Bring old clothes to a donation bin or call a local shelter to see how you can volunteer your time. Doing little things that help others will remind you that you’re part of a community and that we’re all in this together.
8. Get Excited About Something
Whether it’s just trying a new bath bomb from LUSH, or finding a new recipe to cook your partner, or going indoor rock climbing with a friend, trying something new is a great way to remember what it’s like to get excited about something again. Take a walk in the falling snow, re-watch your favorite movie, get glammed-up and take selfies, or go to a protest in your city. No matter what happens in this world, no one can take away your enthusiasm for life. And because attitudes are contagious, go spread that positivity and love and create the world you want to see!
Do you have any other tips for getting over a funk? Let me know in the comments below!
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