When I was thinking about what to write for this week’s post I was honestly a little blocked, and by that I mean that I couldn’t think of what I wanted to write about. I had ideas, but couldn’t decide on what would be the most impactful for you. So like any millennial I turned to the Internet for research, more specifically Pinterest for inspiration on what I wanted to share this week, and that’s where the perfect little golden nugget found it’s way to me.
Let me back up a little, and say that I keep hearing from my friends and the ladies in my group that they have been in a funk lately, or that they haven’t been able to get back to their normal personal development and self care work because they have been knocked somewhat off course. Now I will be the first to admit that this hits me too. In fact I just had a conversation about it with my coach because I feel like I have been neglecting my own mindset work, and yes I know that’s ironic. So when I was perusing Pinterest and found this graphic (see below), I was like OMG YESSSSS!! that’s perfect.
If you haven’t heard of Amber before then I encourage you to check her out because she is pretty cool, and doing some awesome things in this world. Essentially she is a writer, speaker, and artist who creates work about self expression and personal development and growth. I mean how awesome is that! So when I came across this illustration she did I was excited because it was an exact depiction of what I would tell a friend or client to do to get out of a funk, but to be honest this illustration is a much better package… haha.
But let’s break this down a bit, just so we are all on the same page here. Step 1: Let yourself feel, and I mean really feel. If you need to cry or scream, then do it! Don’t bottle it up, because that only backfires. Step 2: Acknowledge what you are feeling, and name it. Is it grief, sadness, anger, what? If you don’t know what it is how can you tackle it? Step 3: Think about where you feel it. How is it physically manifesting in your body? Do you feel it in your shoulders, your back, your head, etc.? Step 4: Think about the feeling, what is it saying to you? If you could explain it, and give it words what would it say? Step 5: What could it be trying to show or teach you? If you can reframe this “funk” or feeling in a way where it is trying to show you something then it becomes a little easier to address. Step 6: Ask yourself what do you need right now. Step 7: Start small, and try to meet whatever that need is. You don’t have to solve all of the world’s problems at once! Simply decide what you need at the moment, and what would best serve you, and what you can do to help yourself get there.
When you are in a funk, it feels like you are never going to get out, but that’s not true. Funks are just your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong or up, so to speak. It is your job to listen and determine what you need to best serve yourself as you move forward. So if you are feeling in a funk, I encourage you to work your way through these steps, and if this illustration resonates with you check out Amber’s other work, and tell her I sent you.