If you’ve had times when you feel like you’re in a funk, then this blog is for you!!
Slumps happen to everyone, it’s normal and OK to feel a bit flat sometimes and is a part of all of our lives at some stage.
Everyone feels flat, upset, sad or disheartened from time to time, but some people think that it’s not OK – that we should strive to be upbeat and positive every day! Dream on!
Being flat can be defined as expressing a lack of interest or enthusiasm, or describes the state of limbo between not being sad but not being happy either.
It does not always mean something is wrong. Feeling low is common after change, distressing events, when a change of direction is needed, but sometimes periods of low mood happen for no obvious reason.
But we try and find meaning and sometimes that can be unhelpful.
You may feel tired, lacking confidence, frustrated, angry and worried. But a low mood will often pass after a couple of hours or days – and there are some easy things you can try and small changes you can make that will usually help improve your mood.
“Being happy and feeling your best all the time isn’t realistic or attainable”
We mustn’t be quick to self-diagnose, when in actual fact many people just need to make small tweaks and changes to keep mentally fit. It starts from the inside!!
Some top tips:
- Step back and self-reflect. Be curious – reflect, and get to the root of my feelings – what is it that is making you feel like this?
- Write down on paper what you feel is going on – it helps to get thoughts and feelings out of your mind – going round and round!.
- Get to know what your go-to mood busters are – we are all different, so what works for me might not work for everyone!
- Cloud watch – a lovely distraction and a little child-like.
- Take a nap. Sometimes we just need to recharge. I always feel better after getting some rest.
- Do something spontaneous. We should all learn to let go of routine every now and then and do something exciting and unplanned. It’s refreshing in this busy day to day!
- Prioritise. Sometimes I feel flat when my priorities are out of balance. I try to make sure I’m giving a fair amount of attention to all the priorities in my life, such as work, relationships, health, and personal happiness.
- Reduce time spent on social media and technology – especially if you are looking at all the great activities, holidays and fun other people you know are posting about!
- Spend more time with people face-to-face – we are social animals, we need connections to feel seen, heard and know that we matter!
- Any form of exercise is a winner!
- And so is getting outdoors
- Music – so underestimated as a wonderful tool to lift moods! Get your favourites list together and turn it up loud! I always love this when I’m in the car!
Be curious about what makes you feel good and what makes you feel flat and remember …….there’s always a ray of sunshine behind every cloud!
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED A LITTLE PEP UP?