Do you feel like life has given you a sh&t sandwich?
Im referring to those days where nothing goes right and you find yourself in a super negative headspace?
I had one of those days on Monday.
I came back from Sydney all pumped to be back in Hong Kong. My weekend was great but then the start of the new week rolled around and everything was crap.
I mean EVERYTHING!
This is just an aside, but the straw that broke the camels back on Monday was not being able to open a jar of my mum’s tomato chutney that I wanted to put on my ham sandwich.
I actually lost it and cried! Pathetic I know, but it was a super dull day and I was homesick.
Anyway…enough ridiculous sob-stories!
The good news is I have a number of practical and super easy things to share to snap you out of your funk and back into the bright and shiny being that you are!
Take a look below.
8 Simple Practices to Get You Out of Your Funk
The first thing you need to do is acknowledge you’re having a bad day/week/month. Once you say ‘Hey, things are pretty ordinary and I’m in a bad mood,’ you can then give yourself a deadline.
You’re allowed to wallow for a short period time, but not forever! As the amazing Gabrielle Bernstein says ‘you need to step out of the darkness and back into the light.’
The quicker you snap yourself out of this funk, the better. I usually give myself a day. So I allowed myself to be a ‘sad sack’ on Monday, but only on Monday!
Acknowledge things are a bit rough at the moment, but give yourself a deadline to get back on track.
2. Practice Gratitude
When you feel like nothing is going your way the best thing to do is to run through everything you are grateful for in your life. This really puts things into perspective and you quickly realise you have a whole heap of cool stuff to be extremely appreciative of.
Build a daily gratitude practice into your life and I guarantee those dark days won’t pop up as much!
3. Reflect on Your Progress
I’m a really impatient person and highly focused on achievement in every aspect of my life (it’s just my personality!). Often my down days are linked to the feeling that I’m not progressing quick enough.
As an example, I went through a period where I really hated my last job and I felt like I was getting nowhere. At the time I couldn’t really do anything about my job situation. But I decided to reframe my attitude about my job.
I listed down all the skills I had gained, projects I had worked on, the extraordinary network I had built and all the travel I had done. I quickly saw I had made far more progress than I initially thought.
You can do this for any area of your life. It could be around your fitness, adapting to life in a new country, a new creative hobby you have taken up. Anything!
Start making a list of absolutely everything, (even if it seems insignificant), of the headway you have made in your life.
Trust me, you will be surprised by your achievements!
4. Seek Support
Often when things aren’t ‘all roses’ we tend to keep it to ourselves and bottle everything inside. We don’t want to appear vulnerable or needy. (I’m great at this BTW). But as humans, we thrive on connection.
So I highly recommend that you share your woes with someone close to you.
Surround yourself with positive and uplifting people and feel your mood improve.
5. Journal It Out
If you’re like me, often it’s the same thing/s that bring on the feeling that you’ve been dealt a ‘sh&t sandwich,’ which means you may not necessarily want to share this with a human….you don’t want to run the risk of sounding like a broken record!
A great alternative is to journal how you feel.
Just write stream of conscious style and get it all out. It doesn’t have to make sense! Just empty your head and your heart and you will feel SO much better….and lighter!
Plus the journal never talks back or rolls their eyes when you re-tell your ham and chutney sandwich saga!
When I say ‘self-love’ I simply mean be kind to yourself. If you need to take some time out, do it.
Do things that bring joy into your life. Meditate, cook a great meal, go to the gym, dance to your favourite music, light a beautiful scented candle, read a glossy magazine, binge-watch Orange is the New Black.
When you’re feeling low, always honour your needs and be gentle with yourself.
When you’re feeling like the world is against you often it’s because one bad thing has happened after another. As a result it makes it hard to feel like things will improve.
But you have to trust that things WILL get better.
The Universe has a grand plan for you and you must trust that it has your back….even when you want to punch the universe in the face!
Hang in there and have faith.
Something amazing is coming your way!
What do you to pull yourself out of a negative headspace? I would love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments below!
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