Don’t Get Off at Funky Town

Sometimes we all get in a funk. In our fitness. In our careers. In our relationships. And we want to throw in the towel. Because, well, it’s not fun anymore. It’s not interesting.

My opinion is that a temporary funk is an OK thing because it gives us the opportunity to re-evaluate and adjust. Sometimes funks come into your life and then they see themselves out once they’ve had a few days of fun. Other times, though, you may need to do one — or all — of these things to kindly send it on its way:

  • Change your attitude. Sometimes all that takes is a change of attitude or perspective to brighten your mood. Realize that everyone has funks — it’s not about you or how successful you are or how successful you aren’t. It’s simply a part of life that gives you a chance to see things in a different light. Feeling tired of “having” to go for a run? Start saying that you “get” to go for a run instead of “have” to go for a run. This simple reframing can make it seem like less of a chore and more of a gift. Feeling like you just can’t face going into the office for another day? Focus on the things about our job that do make you happy, even if it’s as simple as how good you feel when you turn in a project you’ve worked really hard on. Stop focusing on those few really — really — annoying things your partner does and focus, instead, on the ways he makes your life better.
  • Change your routine. So you’ve tried reframing. And you still feel … meh … about things? Maybe you need to change your routine. Instead of going to Zumba every Thursday, take in a spin class a few times. Instead of making a spinach salad with chicken breast for dinner a few nights a week, spice things up and toss in some kale, goat cheese and cranberries. Instead of driving the same route to work every day, take the back roads. Instead of your normal dinner and a movie date night, pack a picnic and head out to the hiking trails. Simple changes can sometimes be enough to make things new again. And when things become new again, they become fun again.
  • Change your environment. OK. So that didn’t work either. Maybe it’s time for more drastic measures. Drastic, I suppose, is a relative term depending on how clingy your funk is. Changing your environment can refresh your spirit and a fresh spirit can smother a funk. Sometimes it’s as simple as rearranging your (figurative) furniture. Other times, it’s time to start looking for a new place to live. Hate long, steady runs? Maybe try throwing in some hills or HIITs or run/walks. Really miserable in your career? Stop complaining about it and do something: Go back to school or start looking for a new job.

How you handle a funk is completely up to you. What you get out of the funk is, too. It can be a learning and growing experience. Or it can be something that turns you into a … well … funkified person — and not in the good way.

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James Brown, “inventor of funk”

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