Last week, I had a doctor’s appointment. I was not happy with my check-up. Over a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. I began to make life changes. I lost over 30 pounds. I changed the way I ate (yes, I cheated from time to time). I made other changes as well.
From a recent wellness exam we do at work, I saw that my blood sugar numbers actually went back up a bit. Also, I’m in the middle of some heart tests now. And I’m back on medication.
This put me in a funk. I was doing things that were supposed to help, but I’ve gone backwards. I know genetics are at work, but this “set back” has not been good.
So, how do I get out of this funk? I know the eating regimen I’ve been on is good for me. I just need to ramp it up. I need to change my exercise to something more rigorous. I need to follow my doctor’s orders.
I found the following this morning. It’s good advice. I need to follow it. If you’re in a funk or have been in one, perhaps this may help you or someone you know. Share this!
- Connect with people. As I wrote in a previous post, How To Pull Good Things Out Of Others, who we are and how we experience ourselves often has more to do with who surrounds us than anything else. When feeling low, one of the fastest ways to pick yourself up is to connect with specific people you know bring energy out of you.
- Commit to a new goal. Sometimes my listlessness is purposelessness in disguise. Human beings are not only intrinsically driven by a sense of purpose but also seem to require a sense of purpose to lead a satisfying life. It needn’t be a grand purpose, but it must be a purpose that feels important to you.
- Read an engrossing book or see an emotionally powerful movie. Both have the power to transport us, to provide a perspective far removed from our own, and in doing so, unlock emotions we want to feel: joy, hope, warmth—even sadness. When in a funk, what we feel doesn’t seem to be as important as finding a way to feel something.
- Travel. Though travel has never been one of my favorite things to do, it does accomplish something important when I’m in a funk: it takes away familiar environmental cues and replaces them with unfamiliar ones. And as most of our behavior and emotions are cued by our environment (from turning off lights when we leave a room to the sinking feeling we may get as we approach our place of work), if we want to act and feel differently, changing our environmental cues is a good place start. Not that you can escape yourself by relocating geographically. But you can be helped to access different parts of yourself. Jim’s note: traveling doesn’t have to take you far. It can be traveling to a state/national park and hike. Just get out of your surroundings for a bit.
- Wait patiently. No mood lasts forever. And life won’t leave you alone but will eventually present you with new challenges that activate you. And even if such challenges are difficult, they will often bring out your best self.
Resource for these steps: How to Get Out of a Funk