5 Steps to Get Out of a Funk, Fast

Down in the dumps?

Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Start off on the wrong foot?

Shaking that funky feeling can be tough, especially if you’re pressed for time. We still have to love our children, get ready for work and set out to do something amazing.

Feeling blue will have a domino effect on your whole day. I’ve been there. It’s hard to give a little love when you feel off.

Before we get to the tips, I want to make sure I point out the difference between a day gone wrong and something more serious. Really – is itΒ just a bad mood or are you coming unglued?

Major Depressive Disorder is a serious illness. It can effect everything from your sleeping patterns to your appetite. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the disorder is more prevalent in women than men. Learn about the symptoms and causes of depression in this New York Times article.

A mild funk is different.

Instead of wallowing in the misery of a down day, I’ve found five steps that cure that funky feeling, guaranteed. Even if you’re flying high today, bookmark this post for next time a funk rolls in. Then, follow each step in order. Finally, tell me how it worked in the comments below.

1. Do 30 wild jumping jacks.

The trick is to raise your heartbeat, which is scientifically proven to trigger a positive feeling in the body. (Bonus happy points if you do this at work. Next to your cubicle. Right now.)

2. Listen to music.

Plug into Pandora and let the sound of music lift your spirit. Pick happy stations like Nickel Creek or Guster.

3. Write down three things you are thankful for.

Quickly, the first things that come to mind. Now, stick the list in plain view for the rest of the day.

4. Connect with someone that always cheers you up.

Phone conversations with my 2 year old niece never fail.

Her favorite word is, “Hi.”





(Never gets old, I swear.)

5. Close your eyes and go to your happy place.

It could be an event, an epic moment, a vacation spot, your childhood bedroom, a time you felt strong – you pick the place! Here’s where I go (and the story behind it):


Imagine your only care in the world is to be rolled up in a blanket burrito on the couch.

If this post helped you, please share it with other people. Thank you!

Photo byΒ caseydavid

Check out Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk, coming January 2016 from Delacorte Press/Random House. Visit her author site here.

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1 Living the Balanced Life February 22, 2011 at 10:13 am

I like to watch funny Youtube videos of laughing babies and crazy animal antics. I also like to watch HAPPY music videos, not the sappy love song ones, when I am feeling a little down. And last but not least, playing with my dogs is a great funk-lifter!
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2 Melissa February 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Oooh, there are some funny videos out there. Great addition to the list, Bernice!

3 Mallory February 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

It’s wet and slushy, snowy here in Seattle and I want to be in a blanket burrito! I think this time of year when I just can’t wait for spring these cheer up tips are especially useful.

4 Melissa February 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Spring: Come hither! πŸ™‚

5 Debbie February 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

I am taking part in 3 Things February, started by Sarah Rooftops at http://amongthechimneypots.wordpress.com/
The idea is to blog or tweet (#3thingsfebruary) three things that made you smile each day.
I am really enjoying taking part, and it certainly helps to focus on the positive. There is always something to smile about, even on the worst day.

6 Melissa February 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Hi Debbie,
I love that idea! It’s easy to get self absorbed throughout the day – remembering to count your blessings would definitely help brighten the day.

Thanks for sharing! Take care!

7 Michelle February 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

Great post! I’m in a better mood after just reading it!

8 Melissa February 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Perfect! Maybe I should add “read this post” to the tips. πŸ™‚

9 Lynn February 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Here are some things that turn my mood around: watch an episode of your favorite tv show, listen to your favorite upbeat music, look at pictures from the good times, read a few posts on your favorite blog.

10 Melissa February 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

All great ideas! We love watching The Office here. I would add: contacting your best friends to set up a get together!

11 Lynn February 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

which of course, is this one. and http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/

12 Wendy February 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I would add (for me at least) to dance around wildly to that music.

13 Chris February 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Thanks, I like the 30 wild jumping jacks.

One that I do every now and then is laugh for a minute or two. Whilst it feels weird (put on music so the neighbours won’t hear), I do feel more energetic afterwards and happier. It certainly raises the heartbeat.

I decided to do this because I’ve heard about laughter clubs, where groups of people come together to laugh. I think these would be great to go to – can really let go.


14 Melissa February 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I can see the benefit to that! I’ll have to try it next time I’m feeling out of sorts.

(Okay, secretly, I just laughed out loud for a few seconds … fun.)

15 Bethany February 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I love Guster! πŸ˜€

16 Melissa February 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Happy sounds! πŸ™‚

17 Medifast Coupons February 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

Good stuff, great tips. And yes winter has been way too long and it is time for old man winter to go to sleep.

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