Ever been stuck in a mental funk you just can’t seem to shake?

Today I almost feel like mental funks are unavoidable – we’re all struggling through our own hurdles of life but that social media highlight reel is right there to remind us what we’re missing out on. 

Having great support is key, but when it comes down to it, you are ultimately in control of your mindset and have the power to change it. Dealing with anxiety and depression, I experience a pretty good amount of ‘down in the dump’ days – no shame.

There are plenty of days where I feel waves of no motivation, overwhelming amounts of stress and tons of pessimistic thoughts. Its been a journey so far, and some days are better than others, but here are some of my recommendations to pull yourself out of these mental funks.

1. Simplify It

A ton of factors affect our overall thoughts and feelings of well-being. When we are in the moment, it can be hard to see the root of the problem. Sometimes its best to just take a second, sit down with a journal and break it down. Determine where your energy needs to be channeled.

2. Treat Yourself

& no I don’t mean treat yourself to a shopping spree… slide that credit card back into your wallet. Treat your mind by increasing your Dopamine levels (aka increase your feelings of pleasure). High levels of this hormone will leave you feeling more productive, focused and motivated – all things we’re lacking when in this mental state. Eating foods with Tyrosine like chicken, avocado, eggs or bananas is necessary for generating this hormone, but activities like meditating, taking a bath, reading a book, planting/gardening, getting a massage or listening to music are great ways to treat yo self.

3. Break a Sweat

Doing something active will not only physically benefit you but will also generate another important hormone – Endorphins (aka our body’s natural response to fighting off stress). I know the lack of motivation can feel crippling at times but I’ve found breaking a sweat to be one of the most effective ways to ditch the blues. Lately I have been into running long distance but its important to do something you actually enjoy doing. Lift heavy things, dance around your house in your underwear to your favorite songs (no judgement here) or take a walk in nature.

4. Create

I’ve always been pretty artsy-fartsy… As a kid, I was always drawing, doodling and coloring. As an adult, I’m designing and bloggin’. However you need to express yourself – do it – everyone needs an outlet.  Make a music playlist, sketch something inspiring, make a bucket list or throw some paint at a canvas.

5. Spice Up Your Space

I am someone that really vibes off the space I’m in – coming from the Midwest, I totally get why seasonal depression is a thing. My mood is heavily influenced by my surroundings and yours probably is too, maybe even more than you realize. I can change my mood just by letting in some natural sunlight, lighting a candle, burning some incense/sage or even reorganizing/rearranging. So hang up some of your favorite art, get the oil diffuser going or string up some fairy lights for cozy lighting. 

Gloomy feeling days are going to happen but practicing these recommendations will help you live a better, healthier, happier life.

If you are someone or know someone who battles with mental funks, please don’t be afraid to reach out by sending me a message!