Every task seems like a chore. You’re getting half done in twice as much time as usual. You’re not getting excited about much. Every little imperfection around you gets under your skin. Welcome to the annoying and confusing state known as a funk. Basically, getting out of a funk can feel like crawling out of a hole when your arms and legs aren’t working. But many people find that a few very simple fixes help them up.
The first thing to do when you’re in a funk is to make sure you’re practicing basic self-care, life coach Desiree Wiercyski tells Bustle. Ask yourself when you last ate, what you’ve been eating, what you’ve been drinking, and how you’ve been sleeping. “Not eating makes you tired, gives you less energy to do things, and ultimately triggers negative thinking and emotions,” she says. “Certain foods, such as those that are high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and tuna, help facilitate the production of serotonin, which helps improve a low mood. Running on coffee may be doing more harm than good. Caffeine reduces serotonin production and increases your central nervous system activity, which really just paves the way for anxiety. Getting too much or too little sleep can definitely negatively affect your mood.”
Keeping this in mind should help you avoid funks in the long-term, but in the short-term, here are some ways to get yourself back on track.