You know those seasons when you’re just not on your game and kind of feeling down? Sometimes we burn ourselves out, get overwhelmed with life and having to make decisions, or we’re just stuck in a rut.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m in those seasons, I’m in them for a good bit.
It’s not until after I get over my funk and I am taking care of myself and doing things that make me feel good that I realize I should have been doing some of these things while I was feeling blah.
I had a moment today where I realized that I was feeling amazing! I started taking notes of what it was about my day or week that was contributing to this overall feeling of thriving and contentment. Once I made a list, I realized these are all ridiculously simple solutions that are always at my disposal, but that I tend to forget about.
Maybe that’s you, too?
If you’re ready for some straightforward, uncomplicated things that you can do when you’re in a funk or just feeling blah, check out this list!
Simple Solutions When You’re in a Funk or Feeling Blah
These problem-solvers aren’t ground-breaking or rocket science. Some of them might even seem downright silly! But they should lift your mood and help you round a corner!
The first three items on my list are typically the first to go when I’m not operating on all cylinders. When I start to notice these things slipping, it’s a good indication that I’m sliding into a funk. Let’s address those first!
1| Make Your Bed
When I am on my game, I make my bed as soon as I get out of it.
It sets a good tone for my day.
It makes my room look 75% cleaner.
It’s an available space for me to fold laundry. If my bed isn’t made, there’s a 100% chance I will put off folding any clothes. Don’t ask why, it’s just science.
And, if my day is truly crummy, at least I know I have a nice, made bed to come back to in the evening.
Sometimes I put off making my bed, and those are the days that I always feel like junk. I don’t know why, but it just works that way.
Want a chance for a better day? Make your bed.
2| Pore You
No, not poor you. I’m talking about your pores!
Washing your face in the morning is another wonderful way to start your day, but I can tell I’m really doing great when I’m regularly washing my face at night.
Washing my face at night is part of a bedtime routine that’s conducive to me feeling well rested. I love going to bed with a fresh face. It’s something nice I can do for the me that has to wake up wearing my face in the morning.
3| Take Care of Those Pearly Whites
I never used to be a big flosser unless I had something stuck in my teeth. Don’t scoff, because I’m 34 years old and have never had a cavity! But for the past three months or so, I’ve been flossing and brushing at night before bed, and I’ve become a bit addicted to the feeling!
I’ve had a few days of feeling blah when I let my nighttime routine fall to the wayside. I wake up with disgusting garbage breath (TMI?) and scold my nighttime self for not taking better care of me.
I bet you’ll feel great after flossing and brushing, too!
4| Don’t Forget Your Vitamins
I have a bottle of Vitamin B pills and a Vitamin D oral spray sitting in my cupboard. I hadn’t touched them IN MONTHS. Maybe a year!
Several weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend who shared that her doctor told her that, surprisingly, a lot of people in the south are Vitamin D deficient. As soon as she said it, I knew it was part of the reason I had been feeling so sluggish and tired lately.
Duh! Why didn’t I think of that?
The thing is, I didn’t realize how poor I had been feeling until I started intentionally taking Vitamin B and D on the regular again.
After a week of taking them religiously, I started to feel vast improvements. Now, a few weeks in, I feel downright amazing!
I’ve moved the vitamins next to my coffee and coffee mugs so that I see them every morning and remember to take them.
If you’ve been feeling blah lately, you might want to start by looking at vitamins and where you might be lacking in them.
5| Say “Hooray!” for Bouquets
I don’t typically keep fresh flowers in the house unless I have a party or special guests visiting. And when I do, I buy them cheap at Publix. Nothing fancy over here!
Today, I looked around and saw the (still thriving) vases full of flowers leftover from a party I hosted last week for my girlfriends, and realized how cheerful they made the whole house feel!
Even my four boys have mentioned how pretty they are and how long they’ve lasted.
I’m so glad I was having a very self-aware day today, and could appreciate the impact that a few simple vases of flowers could have on my mood. If you’ve been feeling down, see if some pretty flowers don’t help lift you right back up.
6| Purge Something
Sometimes we catch ourselves in a funk when we’re overwhelmed. It helps to tackle something small and manageable.
Try cleaning out your pantry, or your vehicle. Go through your closet or get rid of your kids’ old toys.
Organize your cleaning supplies or linen closet. Purge books you’ll never read again.
It feels so good to let some things go!
7| The Power of a Shower
I know, you probably didn’t need to be reminded to shower. Or maybe you did?
The thing is, when you’re deep in a rut, chances are you’re not thinking about the simple things that can make you feel better, more human.
I know when I’m feeling blah, nothing beats a hot shower. I feel my best when I shower first thing in the morning before my day starts. But I don’t always do it that way.
Sometimes I catch myself putting it off all day, and when I finally take one in the evening or the next day, I feel ten times better and wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.
8| When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemon Water
I randomly bought some lemons from the store the other day. They’re not a typical purchase in our house.
I cut some into wedges to throw into my water tumbler, and HOLY SMOKES! My drink is so fresh and I can’t stop sipping on it! I always have a hard time remembering to drink enough water, which I know also contributes to feeling fatigued.
I’m going to make sure I have some lemons on hand regularly from now on.
9| Take a Quick Walk
Throw on your sneakers and get your butt out that door! Stretch your legs, feel the sun and breeze on your face, inhale that fresh air.
Even if it’s just around the block, your stroll will be an instant mood-booster and will allow you to sort through some thoughts.
10| Paint Your Nails
This one works two-fold. Painting your nails and letting them dry takes about an hour. So you have an hour of doing something calm and relaxing, similar to coloring in a coloring book.
Then, your pretty fingers will make you smile throughout your day. Do you use anything more than your fingers? Probably not. It’ll be a continuous reminder as you go about your day.
Even if you’re not wearing any other makeup, couldn’t make it out of your favorite sweatpants, and don’t remember the last time you washed your hair, your digits will be colorful and beauteous.
11| Eat Healthy Snacks That Require Little to No Prep
When you’re feeling blah, I bet the last thing you’re thinking about is eating healthy. In my experience, when I’m in a funk, I’m grabbing the quickest thing I can to munch on without considering the long-term consequences.
Set yourself up for success by having easy to grab, no prep-work required snacks. Fruit like clementines, grapes, and bananas take practically no work at all. Baby carrots and pretzels with hummus are crunchy and delicious.
Then, when you’re feeling better, you can prep some healthy snacks and meals to have on hand and allow your future self to have more choices and an easier time taking care of herself.
12| A Tune Up
Music has an incredible ability to lift our spirits!
It’s like the soundtrack of our lives when we’re happy or sad, celebrating or mourning. Put on your favorite happy tunes and jam the heck out.
13| Set Your Table
A lovely table sets the mood for a nice meal. Even better if you have people sitting around it with you!
Normally, our dining room table is haphazardly set by our 9 year old a few minutes before suppertime. If an evening that feels special will help you feel special instead of feeling blah, make it a pretty space and enjoy your meal!
I think it’d be darn near impossible to feel grumpy sitting at something done up so prettily.
14| A New ‘Do and a New ‘Tude
So many women I know put off getting regular hair trims, and I’m guilty of it, too. I always feel so much lighter after getting a haircut, and it inspires me to actually do my hair more often.
Maybe you need a trim or want a whole new look altogether. Schedule that appointment and get back to being your fabulous self!
15| Spend Time With The One Who Loves You Most of All
When I’m feeling disconnected with God, it inevitably leads me to feel disconnected in every other area of my life.
The only way to have a life full of joy, contentment, and purpose, is to not rely on the things of this world to fulfill them for us. The world will always fall short.
Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.1 Corinthians 7:31 NLT
Leaning on our own understanding will always end in failure and mistakes.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Having unrealistic expectations about our own strength, endurance, and capabilities will always leave us feeling less than, like we don’t add up.
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10 NIV
If you’ve been in a funk or feeling blah, remind yourself who you are and whose you are. Ask God to meet you where you are, and to let you see yourself how He sees you.
Get plugged in with a bible reading plan or devotional. Ask a friend or your husband to join you and be your accountability partner. Spend time daily in prayer and worship. Find peace from the Prince of Peace Himself.
Wrapping Up Simple Solutions When You’re in a Funk or Feeling Blah
I hope this post has been helpful and motivating! It can be hard to remember these everyday solutions that are often right in front of our face when we’re feeling blah.
I’ve found that it really is a good combination of little things, and faith in Jesus, that will pull us out of the thick of a funk.
What simple solutions would you add to this list? What uncomplicated fix are you excited to try? Let me know in the comments and feel better, Friend!
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