13 Ten Minute Activities to Help You out Of a ‘Funk’!

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We all get into a ‘funk’ sometimes. Maybe we just wake up that day and decide we just can’t be bothered to do anything, maybe something unexpected comes up, consequently, making you fall behind on your planned tasks or maybe you have just over booked yourself. Whatever the reason is for you getting into a ‘funk’, when it happens it feels horrible. It somehow, makes the simplest task turn into a big confusing process…that we either totally avoid (which makes ourselves feel worse) or we frustrate ourselves to complete the tasks with ‘hums’ and ‘ahhs’. We become one of those annoying people that complain all the time. (I sometimes may be guilty of this) But, complaining is bad for soul, complaining vibrates and attracts negative energy. And once you are in that ‘negativity’ cycle, it is hard to get out of it. Therefore, making you feel stuck!

When this happens to me, it hugely effects my creativity. Making it hard for me to write or create. It is like my creative mojo has gone to sleep or even worse…gone on vacation without letting me know! And as ‘creativity’ is my job, this becomes very, very frustrating because I know that I can’t ignore it. So, as a backup plan, I have wrote a list of things that help me out of a ‘funk’ that only take 10 minutes to complete (as time is precious) and I thought I would share them here with you today…

Paint your nails

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Sometimes when I am in a ‘funk’ I just need to do something for myself. Painting my nails does just that. It makes me feel better about myself and boosts my confidence. Once I finish and I look down at my lovely painted nails it makes me happy and brightens up my day. I feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Because come on girls…there is nothing worse than looking down at your nails and seeing them unpainted, snapped and uneven. This makes you feel drab and unkempt. And this will affect your mood and overall performance.

If you don’t like painting your nails…or if you are a man, you could just give them a clip, clean them up and make them even.

Painting nails is also a creative process, so for me it sparks up ideas and helps me to get my juices flowing again. I find the process very relaxing and calming, therefore, it helps me take my mind off ‘things’ for 10 minutes. Making me feel refreshed, rejuvenated and re-energized to take action on tasks with a more positive attitude.

Go for a walk

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We all know this, getting out of the house and breathing in the fresh air and soaking up that vitamin D that we get from the sun…makes us feel better.  Going for a walk has so many benefits for your overall health. It clears your mind, improves your concentration and makes you feel happier and more alert. When you get back you will have a different outlook and be able to look at things with a different perspective.

Do a quick clean

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Doing a quick clean of your environment will defiantly help you out of a ‘funk’. Being surrounded by clutter or mess will only add to your overwhelm and decrease your energy levels. Give yourself 10 minutes to pick things up, empty your bins and polish down surfaces etc. You may only need to clear the area that you’re working in, like your computer desk. It is part of my process now to clean my desk before I write because if I don’t I get distracted and find it hard to concentrate. It frees my mind up to think and plan out what I am trying to do.

Pet an animal

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This is my little puppy dog, Bailey.

Petting an animal has a positive impact on your overall mood and has been proved to be a calming stress fighter. Spending time with an animal can lower your blood pressure and helps release a relaxing hormone, while fighting off the stress hormone. Whenever I feel in a ‘funk’ I will play or pet my Bailey Boo, he never fails to cheer me up. He is such a happy little thing and instantly gets me out of a ‘funk’.

Dance to some music

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Take 10 minutes break from whatever you’re doing to listen to some music and if you are able to…get up and dance. Shake that booty! You don’t have to be good at dancing, just get your body moving and your heart pumping. Release some of them ‘feel good’ endorphins, dance off those mental cobwebs and you will for sure pull yourself out of the ‘funk’ you are in.

Get creative

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Sometimes the cure to a creativity block is to get creative. Do something that you don’t need to think about and does not limit you. I like to pull out my art journal because there is no restrictions or ‘rules’. And it’s just like the process of painting your nails, it will give you a sense of accomplishment and helps spark up new ideas.

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Here is one of my art journal pages I recently did. 

Phone a friend

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I just did this today…(however, it lasted more like an hour then 10 minutes, we like to talk…{Hi Gem!}). Phoning a friend will help you take your mind off ‘things’ or help you work through your ‘things’ with a little help. Connecting with others is a basic human need and when we get into a ‘funk’ we tend to do the opposite and isolate ourselves. You will notice after you have spoken to a friend about your problems they will feel less intense, therefore giving you a chance to look at things with a different perspective.

Blow some bubbles

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Wait…What!?

I must admit I don’t really do this but it is on my list anyway (I will one day). I have took a leaf out of ‘Sponge Bobs’ book. Blowing bubbles is fun and kids love them. When you are feeling in a ‘funk’ sometimes you just need to take a break from all the seriousness and get in touch with your inner child.

Journal

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Here is my mantra again…

‘Journalling is the best and cheapest form of therapy’

Journalling helps you sort through your feelings and re-evaluate your current circumstances. Journalling about your ‘funk’ can help you work out why you are in it and how you can overcome it. If you don’t journal, try writing down a list of things that you love or things you are thankful for, this will boost your mood and may help you look at things differently with a more positive viewpoint.

Plan a fun activity

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If you are feeling in a ‘funk’ from being overwhelmed by work and routine, take 10 minutes out to plan a fun activity. You don’t necessarily have to do the activity but I recommend that you do. If money is a issue, plan something that doesn’t cost much, like going for a picnic with your family or taking your kids to the park. If you have something to look forward to it will give you more motivation to get what needs to be done…done.

Look through some old photographs

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Looking through old photographs is known to lift your spirits. Pull out your albums from when your children were little or that amazing holiday you went on. However, I know when I pull out the old photographs it takes me longer than 10 minutes…before I know its 3 hours has gone by…Oops! So don’t do that. Maybe keep your favourite ones that make you feel happy all together and in a handy place to just have a quick look at. Or you could splurge on one of those digital photo frames for your desk, which flip through your photographs.

Deep breathing/Meditation

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Deep breathing/Meditation are both practises that give you a break from your head…your thinking. Taking 10 minutes to focus your thoughts, without any distractions from our electronic devices, can give your brain the break it needs to overcome the ‘funk’ you’re in. These practises allow us to become mindful of how we are actually feeling, physically and mentally. When we take the time to notice how we feel and why, without judging it…allows us to recharge and tackle overwhelm with more positive attitude.

Take a nap

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If all else fails take a nap…

When you feel tired there is no wonder you are in a ‘funk’ or vice versa, if you’re in a ‘funk’ it will make you tired from all the metal stress you may be feeling. Being tired effects our thinking, attention, memory, reasoning, and mood, which will make your ‘funk’ feel more intense and frustrating. Once taking a nap you may notice your creativity and alertness increasing, and having an overall better look on ‘things’

What do you do to help yourself out of a ‘funk’? I would love to know, to add them to my list.

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11 Creative Ways to Boost Your Energy and Mood Levels Instantly

 

11 Creative Ways to Boost Your Energy and Mood Levels Instantly #imageIt is sometimes a daily battle for me to get myself motivated and an even harder battle to stay motivated throughout the day. Especially when I was suffering from depression. Sometimes it would take me all day just to put some clothes on and the thought of doing the dishes felt like I had a big mountain to climb.

Despite my best efforts to get a prober amount of sleep, drink plenty of water, maintain a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. Sometimes ‘life’ just piles up and all I want to do is curl up in bed with a book and block out the world, but with 2 children, a house and a business to take care of that is just not possible.

Instead of grabbing my 10th cup of coffee of the day or eating a sugary snack I use these creative tips below to give myself the boost I need.

1.     Brain Dump

If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘brain dump’, it is the process of writing down everything you have floating around in your head onto paper. Our brains can generate thousands of thoughts each day. And if unprocessed, the same thoughts can just flout around in circles until they are dealt with, building up day after day. This can make us feel tired, confused and stressed. (To learn more about ‘brain dumping’ click here)

If you have ever had a big list of things you need to do (and I am sure you have) but you don’t know where to start. This is because you are holding too much information in your head. Start by getting a piece of paper and writing down everything and anything you have flouting around in your head. This can be done in list form or some kind of mind map. Write everything down from ‘to do’ lists, shopping lists, to how you are feeling right now. Even the things you don’t think are important…write everything down.

Once you clear your mind, you will notice that your energy levels increase. The black fog of confusion will shift and processing what needs to be done will be easier. This is because your thoughts are not weighing you down.

I highly suggest you do this as often as you can. I have a ‘Brain Dump’ journal that I write in every morning to just get everything out my head as soon as I wake up. If you do not keep a journal and would like to learn more about the benefits of keeping one, I have a very informative journalling series in the works that I will be publishing later this year.

2.     Get Some Fresh Air

There are many benefits fresh air can do for your overall health. Increasing your energy and mood levels is one of them. Getting fresh air clears your mind, improves your concentration and makes you feel happier and more alert.

I spend most of my time indoors as I work from home and I am a bit of a home bird. I love the comforts of my own home. Sometimes I have to force myself to leave the house and go for a 5 to 10 minute walk. Even if it is just to go to the shop. It instantly improves my energy and mood levels.

Being cooked up indoors is not good for your health. I know for some people that work in big offices or stay at home parents with small children, going for a walk just isn’t possible. I suggest you open the curtains wide and crack a window open. Let some fresh air flow through your house or office.

3.     Chew Gum

Yes I was surprised by this too. Some research has shown that chewing gum, preferably peppermint gum increases your motivation, boosts your confidence, gives you more energy and makes you more alert. Crazy right.

I tried this and I was surprised by the outcome. I felt it helped me concentrate better on my work. However, there is some downsides to this tip because chewing gum all the time can cause health problems such as tooth decay and jaw muscle imbalance. And the artificial sweeteners can’t be good for you. I don’t suppose doing this once in a while will damage your health to much but if this is a big ‘no no’ for you….this takes me to my next tip.

4.     Use Energizing Smells

Some scents can boost your energy levels up instantly. You could make yourself a lovely peppermint tea or cut yourself some fresh fruit while taking in the aroma. You could also use aroma therapy scents from candles or a diffuser. I have an aroma therapy diffuser and I love it.

Here are some examples of what certain smells can help with;

  • Peppermint – the menthol scent opens up the sinuses passages allowing you to breathe easier. It relieves headache tensions and improves alertness
  • Oranges – this scent helps reduce stress and is considered an energizing and calming scent. It allows you to focus better
  • Lemons– another powerful aroma that energizes, uplifts and improves alertness. The lemon scent is said to help mental fatigue, exhaustion and nervousness
  • Grapefruit – this is a very refreshing scent that is energizing and is said to compact stress and depression

Why don’t you give it ago, everything is worth a try. I personally love the orange smell.

5.     Make Yourself a Smoothie

You can pack a smoothie full of natural goodness that will instantly improve your mood and energy levels. The freshness of the fruit will wake you up and make you feel more alert. They will fight the feeling of fatigue in-between meals and the natural sweeteners of the fruit take longer to metabolize then surgery snacks, so you will have an instant energy boost that will last.

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6.     Blast the music

We all know that music can alter the way we feel. Music can help us mentally, physically and emotionally. Music can boost your energy, calm your nerves, make us cry and bring back good and bad memories. I suggest you make a play list of all your favourite songs that make you feel energized….and keep it handy for those moments of weaknesses when moving from the sofa feels like the last thing you want to do. Just blast that music and get up and dance.

The secret is to “just get moving”

“I like to blast the music when I do the housework and have a little dance with my hover”

7.     Meditate – Focus your mind on energizing thoughts.

Meditation is not only for relaxing, it is a highly effective way to increase your energy levels. Our minds often self-creates problems, worry and anxiety. All this mismanaged stress makes us feel tired. Meditation neutralizes how you interact with stress, mentally and physically. Sometimes just taking 5-10 minutes of silent thought…without any distractions from our electronic devices, can give your brain time to process your thoughts clearly.

I suggest you keep a notebook or journal next to you when you meditate, so you can write down things that keep popping into your head. Once it’s on paper…move on. Keep going until your brain is free from clutter. It will take a big weight off your shoulders, honestly. I was sceptical about meditating when I first did it but it helped my anxiety and depression immensely.

If mediation is not your ‘thing’, you could always just try deep breathing techniques. By taking deep breaths and allowing air into your lungs, wakes your brain up and gets your blood bumping faster. It’s a very good tool to use for an instant energy boost.

8.     Listen to a audio book

I love listening to audio books. I listen to them all the time. I like listening to motivational books when I feel tired and unproductive. They give me inspiration to get moving. I sometimes just stick my head phones in and get cracking with the housework, it kind of keeps me company while I work. I also like to listen to an audio book while I sit and craft. I am learning while being productive there is no better feeling.

If you want to give audio books a try you can get your first month free on kindle audio books. If after the month is up and you don’t feel like it is for you, you can then just cancel your account. Audio books aren’t for everyone but I suggest you give it a try and see how you feel about them.

Download a motivational audio book and give it a try. (Click Here to learn more about Kindle Audio Books)

9.     Use a timer

I love doing this….challenging myself to see if I can do something faster than the last time. I sometimes set my alarm to see if I can get my whole house cleaned by a certain time. I always do. But you can set a timer for 5 minutes and see how much you can get done in that space of time.

On particularly bad days, I see how much I can get done during the adverts when watching TV…desperate times!

If it is studying or work that you need motivated to do, there is some brilliant apps about. One is called Pomodoro, I am actually using an app now to write this blog post (to learn more about Pomodoro click here).

10. Affirmations

Affirmations are great. They are simple and very effective. What we think automatically affects the way we feel. So if you’re telling yourself that you are tired and can’t be bothered to do such and such, then your unconscious mind will believe you. Affirmations is a conscious way to take control of your thoughts. By repeating them often it affects your subconscious mind, which influences your behaviour, habits and actions.

Here is an example of one;

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Get creative and make your own affirmation for those times in need. The more you practise affirmations the easier it will become. It doesn’t matter if you say them out loud or say them in your head, both ways are effective. But for an instant energy boost I suggest you write them, say them, shout them and sing them!

11. Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine…as they say. Laughter is a powerful tool to use to lower stress levels and improve your mood. Laughing out loud triggers the release of your body’s natural feel-good chemicals called….Endorphins. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughing can shift your perspective in a more realistic, less threating light and can help you avoid overwhelm. Watch a funny YouTube video or an episode of your favourite funny TV show. Read a funny book or find a website with funny jokes on. Goof around with your children or pets.

Just do something silly. Fake it…Force a big smile on your face….even if you’re alone. You’re sure to laugh at yourself for sitting smiling away at nothing. Seriously, I do this too often, I may be a bit crazy!

Last Words

Please take note that these are energy and mood boosting tips and not a long term cure for medical conditions. If you are always feeling tired and experiencing low moods, you should seek medical attention. Always remember to eat healthy and get the prober acquired amount of sleep and exercise, to maintain a healthy mind and body.

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