One day last week, I was in a funk about something. I wasn’t angry, sick, or scared, and I didn’t really have any reason to be down, but I certainly wasn’t enjoying my day the way I wanted to be, and I wasn’t feeling self-assured and confident the way I like to feel.
Recognizing how I was feeling and admitting it to myself was a huge first step, and I know from reading a lot on the topic that you shouldn’t deny yourself of expressing negative emotions if you have a reason to be feeling down. However, I didn’t have a reason, and I wanted to be happy … I just couldn’t snap out of it.
After giving myself 30 minutes to just feel better (unsuccessfully), I found the best tip ever for snapping yourself out of a funk! I wish I could tell you that the solution for me was some scientifically proven theory, something I learned in my college psychology classes, or something I’ve read from a well-respected author. But instead … it was dancing in the shower!
Let me explain. I’m a very Type-A person. Everything is planned, organized, by-the-books. I’m never that person that surprises you with their spontaneity or cracks you up when you weren’t expecting humor. So, despite the fact that I was the only person home and I was 100% sure no one could see me, this was way out of the box for me. In fact, I’m pretty sure that 90% of you are thinking I’ve lost my mind right now (and I probably would if I were reading this, too), but you are the people who need to try this. Give me a chance here, and give it a try … next time you’re in a funk, just bust a little move in your shower for 30 seconds. I guarantee you’ll be laughing so hard at yourself that it will be impossible to be in a bad mood when you get out. It worked for me … and really, what do you have to lose?
Believe it or not, that’s the main point of the post, but it can be deeper than just dancing in the shower. When we have a reason to be upset, angry, scared, frustrated, or any other uncomfortable emotion, we owe it to ourselves to recognize and honor that emotion, and allow ourselves to express that, work through it, and not keep it pent up inside. When we’re in a funk for no reason, though, we also owe it to ourselves to break out of it and slap a smile on our faces! Just like a single positive thought in the morning can turn your whole day around, a 30-second dancing break in the shower can make you a happier person, and you deserve that happiness.
Many of you have likely seen the “Blogger Awards” that float around the blogging community. I like these because they’re a fun way to learn a little bit about the person behind the blog, so I aways enjoy reading others’ posts. However … I admit I’ve been a bad blogger. I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Michael and Sara (back in January!), and for the Liebster Award by Bre & Ree and Amy, and I never did anything about them! For both of these awards, you’re supposed to follow a specific protocol, answer the 5-10 questions your nominator asked, and then nominate 5-10 new bloggers. You may remember that I did the Liebster Award back in August, too! Well, today, I’m not going to follow the rules (Type-A be darned!), so I won’t answer all 23 questions I’ve been asked (you’re welcome), and I’ll nominate all of you readers to answer some of the questions rather than tagging specific bloggers. Here you go … enjoy!
- Favorite color (from Michael): This is one you might actually not know if you don’t know me in person, but I LOVE all things pink. I chose green for The Lyons’ Share, because it’s a color broadly associated with health, but in real life, there’s a very good chance I’m wearing pink, carrying a pink bag, talking on my pink phone, etc. I’m not even much of a girly-girl, I just love pink!
- Facebook or Twitter (from Sara): Definitely Facebook – I love posting motivation on The Lyons’ Share page, wishing my friends ‘Happy Birthday,’ and seeing what friends and acquaintances are doing in their lives. I just haven’t figured out how to make Twitter work for me. I do my best to Tweet out interesting articles, share other bloggers’ great posts, and share my Instagram photos with Twitter, but I don’t spend much time perusing other content there. It would take all day just to scroll through the feeds! Let me know if you have tips on how to utilize Twitter more effectively!
- What was your favorite blog post you’ve ever written? (from Bre & Ree) This one was a no-brainer. This post still makes me feel so grateful, emotional, and proud!
- If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring 3 foods, what would they be? (from Amy) My first instinct was cereal. Whenever I get asked the question of my #1 all-time favorite food, it’s usually a toss-up between ice cream and cereal. But when I really got to thinking about this, I realized that I would likely eat insane quantities of cereal as soon as I arrived on the island, and deplete my food supply for the rest of my stay (life?!), so this probably isn’t the best option. Assuming I already have fresh water, I would go with tuna, kale, and dark chocolate. Tuna has protein, fat, and omega-3s to sustain me and keep my brain and organs healthy. Kale is just an all-around superfood (and you know I had to have some veggies in my choices!). And chocolate … well, besides the health benefits … who doesn’t want chocolate? Besides the fact that I’m sure I’d get sick of these foods, I actually believe I could survive for quite a while on these three … I hope I never have to find out!
So tell me in the comments … What’s the best way to snap yourself out of a funk? Answer one of my 4 questions above!