A month ago, I was energized and highly productive working on my side project. That went on for weeks, but then all of a sudden, a great big funk-adelic stank hit me. It hit me so hard that I felt paralyzed and couldn’t do anything. It was rough.
This wasn’t the first time that happened to me. I also know I’m not the only one who goes through those phases.
Here are 5 ways to stay motivated while being in a funk
1. Listen to your body
Even though you may want to take out the whip and push yourself to get back into the game, it’s best to listen to your body. Your body is smart and it knows when it knows it needs rest.
If you think this funk is something you need to push through, then, by all means, push yourself as if you’re warrior working your way through a Spartan race. However, if your body is telling you to rest, you need to oblige before it gets worse.
Life is like the calendar; it goes through seasons. There are times when everything is sunny and full of life, but there are times when you need a vacation and get some rest.
While I was in a funk, I felt incredibly stressed and was filled with anxiety. I tried going for a walk and talking it out but none of those helped. Meditation was the only way the negativity lifted from me.
Meditation is a powerful tool to quiet the mind and heart especially if you’re in a funk. You can try doing a breathing exercise for 10 minutes or go through a guided meditation. Do what you think would work best for you; I use the Calm app whenever I need to meditate.
3. Fill your mind with good things
When I was in my funk, I couldn’t do anything. Most days I was in a fetal position and laying on the couch. Least to say, it was hard to move. During this time, I listened to a lot of podcasts and watch motivating videos. Filling my mind with positive things helped me recover faster and inspired me.
As Germany Kent said, “You become what you digest into your spirit. Whatever you think about, focus on, read about, talk about, you’re going to attract more of into your life. Make sure they’re all positive.”
4. Get connected
I had joined a women’s group that meets virtually every Friday afternoon. Every week there’s someone who’s in the “hot seat.” They ask questions and there’s time for others to give advice or feedback.
This group of women has helped me, especially while I was not feeling myself. It wasn’t that they said anything magical; most of them actually didn’t know that I was in a funk, but when you’re accountable to other people there is a certain responsibility placed on your shoulders and it makes you think of your day and the work you do differently.
This networking group also taught me that even when you don’t have anything to say, the most important thing you can do is to show up. Showing up means you’re dedicated and willing to help out your teammate.
5. Spend 15 mins
Even after I listened to my body, meditated, listened to podcasts and connected to other people, it was still tough getting out of the couch and every inch of my body felt like it weighed 10 tons. Even though it was a drag, I worked on my side project for 15 minutes a day. It was a small amount of time compared to the time I devoted a few weeks prior, but it was time valuable to something I love nonetheless. In a week, those 15 minutes per day were almost 2 hours of time devoted to my work.
I am extremely grateful for those 15 minutes. Those were the starting times that started back the momentum I felt lost. Soon enough, the funk lifted and I feel even more motivated than ever before!
Work on something you love and enjoy for 15 minutes. If that time seems too long, do 5 or 10 minutes. A few minutes is better than none.
I’d love to hear what you do when you’re in a funk! Any advice or ideas you’d like to share?
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