Originally published June 6th, 2019
It’s the 6th of June 2019, and I am officially, undeniably in a funk. Not the fun type of funk. Not “Uptown Funk”. Nope – I’m very much having the “everything feels a little bit rubbish, and I don’t know where to go from here” kind of funk. What started a few weeks ago as a niggling anxious voice in the back of my head has morphed into a chorus of shrieking, serotonin-starved neurons who cry “EVERYTHING IS SHIT, AND YOU’RE A TERRIBLE PERSON” at every possible moment. It’s great. I love this for me.
Now, don’t worry – this post isn’t going to turn into a one-woman pity party. I could spend ages rambling on about how crappy it is to have been outbid on not one, but TWO incredible houses. I could prattle on about my growing fear that I’m too dull ever to be a successful writer. There’s a pretty big part of me that wants to go on a 3000-word rant about every single nugget of anxiety that’s swimming around in my head right now. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of them.
The thing is, I highly doubt that indulging in my wish to write out all of my feelings would benefit anybody. I’d bore you dear readers to tears, and it wouldn’t exactly make me feel any better. So, I’m going to do something revolutionary. Instead of sitting around feeling sad, I’m going to try to MAKE MYSELF FEEL BETTER. I know. Shocking, right?
I’ve recently concluded that I need to become more proactive when it comes to self-improvement, rather than just sitting around hoping that things will get better someday. I’m slowly learning that the best way to snap yourself out of a funk is to take action. Cut out the things that are making you miserable. Do more of what makes you happy.
Obviously, this process is going to be incredibly personal and unique to everyone. If you too feel a little bit shit at the moment, I’m afraid I can’t tell you precisely what you need to do to feel better. However, I can write all about what I’m going to do, just in case it helps or inspires someone! So, here goes:
HOW I’M GOING TO SNAP OUT OF THE GREAT FUNK OF 2019
1) Stop looking at social media so much. It’s filled with so much negativity, and that poison seeps into your mind even when you think you’re just harmlessly browsing. Reddit is the worst for this. It’s a sure-fire path to misery.
2) Start reading regularly again. I barely read at all last month due to a combination of lethargy and migraines. It sucked. I keep on buying good books (going against my New Year’s Resolution, oops), and I want to get around to reading them.
3) Allow myself to rest. Even when I get home from work each night, I still feel like I should be doing something; as if a minute spent relaxing is a minute wasted. It’s not a waste. I’ll go crazy if I don’t chill from time to time, just like that time in 2016 when I did nothing but write my dissertation for a week straight then cried in the middle of Tesco because they’d sold out of hollandaise sauce. I don’t even like hollandaise sauce that much.
4) Get good sleep, even at weekends. Staying up until 2am playing an old Super Mario game might seem like a good idea at the time, but it’s really not. Sleep is magic. Sleep fixes a staggering amount of problems. Sleep more.
5) Stop being so mean to myself. I’m really, really bad when it comes to negative self-talk. I constantly tell myself that I’m doing terribly and that I’m a generally awful person. However, my new rule is that if I wouldn’t say something to a friend, I’m not going to say it to myself. I wouldn’t run up and scream “YOU’VE GOT SHIT HAIR AND YOU HAVE NO TALENTS” at any of my best pals, so I’m going to try to stop telling myself that.
Do any of you lovely readers have any tips on how to snap out of a funk? If so, please send them in on a postcard – or, alternatively, just leave a comment below. The latter is probably the easier option.