Have you ever been in a “funk”? (Well, that’s at least what I call it!) You know… the periods in life when, for whatever reason, we lose our focus and just can’t seem to find the energy, the motivation, or the drive to do—well, anything!
A “funk” can last anywhere from a day to a few weeks (if we let it!). It may be initiated by an event in life that deals us a blow to our spirit…or sometimes, we really can’t figure out why we feel like we do, we just know that we do! During a funk, if you’re anything like me, you just want to stay in bed, pull the blinds and shut out the world!
But, as hard as it may be (and trust me, I know how hard it can be) we must realize that, most of the time, it will not just go away on its own…
We must RESIST “THE FUNK"!!
So while we may not always be able to control the circumstances of life or what we may feel at any given moment, we CAN choose what we do when a “funk” tries to set in.
Charles Swindoll has said that he is convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react to it. And I totally agree.
So here are a few things that will help us to resist “the funk” and maintain a healthier lifestyle and better balance in our lives so that we can truly enjoy our everyday lives:
1) Get adequate sleep each night! And allow yourself a “day of rest” as God commands us in His word (Exodus 20: 8-10). It willkeep your brain chemically balanced and thinking more clearly throughout the day.
2) Start your day right! First, get out of bed immediately, don’t linger. Every day is a day that the Lord has made so greet Him as you wake; He is with you from minute one of each day. Then, even if you have to get up a little earlier each morning, give yourself at least a half hour each morning to pray, read the Word and set your mind on Gods perspective for your day—remember, things look much different from His perspective!
3) Get moving! The endorphins released during exercise will make you feel better almost instantly. Choose an exercise that you won’t dread doing—dance to your favorite music, ride a stationary bike while watching your favorite show, or go for a walk with a friend! Making it enjoyable will help you to stick to it! I do my devotional and pray while on my stationary bike each morning, that way I am getting two beneficial things done at one time—plus it keeps me from thinking about just how much I really don’t feel like doing it! :)
4) Eat good foods. You don’t have to go crazy with a whole new diet, just start by curbing back the ones you know aren’t good for you—the sodas (yes, even the “diet” ones), the sweets, the fast foods—and begin incorporating better, healthier foods into your diet each day. You’ll find that exercising and eating good foods feed a better overall attitude and almost instantly make you feel better about yourself!
5) Be patient with yourself! You didn’t get here overnight and chances are, it won’t turn around overnight either! Growth takes time so be patient with yourself. God loves you and is patient with you, so why not love yourself and be patient with yourself for a change! Cut yourself some slack. One day at a time…hey, one hour at a time if you must! You’re going to get there! Slow and steady always wins the race. Be patient with yourself.
6) Stay focused on the positive! What you focus on the longest will become strongest so surround yourself with positive things that will uplift you; positive, encouraging people, reading materials, TV shows and music help to promote good, positive thoughts. And watch your words! Don’t be your own worst enemy. No more criticizing yourself; Speak words of life into yourself daily and throughout the day. No more negative talk, no more “I can’t”. You can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13).
7) Start small. Based on where you are, what you have and what you are trying to accomplish, set some specific short-term goals that can be achieved daily. Write them down and place them where you can see them. Greet each new day with your daily goal in mind. Again, take it one day at a time!
8) Stay consistent. Remember, studies show that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so set goals that can be achieved daily over a period of at least 21 days. Soon, you will notice that it’s become your lifestyle! If you stumble or fall, get right back up and back on course. Don’t wait. Let go of yesterday, everyday! Remind yourself every morning that today is a new day. God’s mercies are new every morning and so should you give yourself mercy if you stumble.
9) Find a friend! Resist the tendency to withdrawl from others! Ask a friend to help you to get (and stay) on track- ask them to keep you accountable to your goals. Give them permission to call you and check up on you. Let them bug you if need be. Ask for help. You are only as alone as you choose to be. If the friends you associate with are negative, lazy and unmotivated, find some new friends! You become who you hang around so choose your friends wisely!
10) Keep God first…and last! Just as you start each new day with God, finish each day with Him too. Before bed, take some time to assess your day and the progress that you are making. Keep a journal. Track your progress. Always take time to celebrate your daily accomplishments as well as ask God to show you areas that could use improvement. But stay positive about yourself. End each day with good thoughts—God thoughts! Then, start back at #1!
Have an awesome, “funk”-free day! :)