Obviously I’m a doctor. I’ve been hiding it from you. I make so much money blogging that I don’t even need to do doctoring.
So obviously, I’m not talking about serious depression in this post; I’m talking about the funk: the PMS, I need to make this recipe and if anyone stands in my way, we’ll go to Fist City funk. you know what I’m talking about.
*Start your day with exercise
This is a no brainer for me: if I want to start the day without shooting someone, I need to fit in a sweat first thing. I mean, there is science behind it…
Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.
Thanks, Elle, for those sage words.
But seriously, we all know that no one ever regrets a workout. We know this because 600 internet motivational posters tell us so. So if you feel a funk coming on, make a workout date with a friend and stick to it.
*Get dressed. for real.
I always feel better when I get out my lazy clothes and make some sort of effort. You don’t have to put on your prom dress (but you should just for laughs), but for me, it means no workout wear and no sweatpants.
*Wear something you feel good in
When I’m a little down, I don’t want to wear something that I don’t feel 100% comfortable in; today isn’t the day to feel insecure about clothes so I go for the standard: tight jeans, a flowy top, and a pair of high wedges.
Whatever you feel comfortable and confident in, wear that and rock it.
So I didn’t actually wash or even comb my hair…
*Get out of the house
Another big one for me and I’d imagine for some stay-at-home moms too. Since I don’t work outside the home, I can get into my little routine and not even leave the house (besides a workout) which can perpetuate my funk.
Sometimes you just need any old change of scenery. Like a $368 change of scenery at Costco.
Workout #2 of the day was trying to Rubik’s cube that crap into my car.
Sometimes the simple act of getting some fresh air can give you a mental boost. A ten minute walk can leave you feeling energized and better than when you started. Vitamin D, baby.
*Eat a healthy meal that you really like
When I feel like crap, I want to eat crap which makes me feel like more crap. That’s what I call a crap cycle.
So I try to eat something that will make me feel good mentally and physically and that I actually enjoy. I don’t like granola, cashews, pancakes or dry breakfast cereal so even if it’s a healthy food, I’m not going to force something down that I don’t like.
But I will eat my favorite salad (pickles, avocado, tomato, carrots, Southwest Ranch dressing with a grilled turkey burger on top) that doesn’t leave me feeling even worse than before.
To put a smile on your face, date yourself and do something nice for you: get an afternoon latte, a piece of chocolate, a bouquet of flowers, something small to perk yourself up. Me? I bought myself anti-wrinkle because not looking 30 before I’m 30 definitely makes me smile.
When you’re in a funk, what do you do?
Sometimes I yell at my husband for the simple act of breathing wrong, sometimes I eat an entire bag of these, yes, that happened, and sometimes I do what I wrote above. sometimes.