Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How to get out of a funk and stop feeling negative

Because I'm basically a boss at getting out of funks, I like giving advice on how to do it.

First of all, the reason I am posting this as today's "health and beauty" post is because health isn't only physical- it's mental, social, and spiritual, too!

Here's what I have to say: 

1) Accept the fact that you have bad days

Life is not perfect. So don't freak out over the fact your day isn't going so well. I think a huge reason people get more upset than they should be is because once two bad things happen, then they're like "ok that's it my life is horrible." Don't blow your thoughts out of proportion. Remember: it's just a bad day, not a bad life.

2) Stop feeling sorry for yourself

Just because you're down doesn't mean that you have to stay there! I think it's unhealthy when people start to romanticize sadness. It does not do you any good to go on tumblr and read sad poems and reblog black and white pictures. (Yes, ha-ha, I have romanticized sadness and reblogged sad poems and black and white pictures...but see what I learned here?) The truth is that in reality, sadness is not pretty at all and generally not an emotion you want to feel. So if you want to get out of a funk, you have to actually try. 

3) It's the little things that make life worthwhile

Sometimes I think we get so caught up in things that we forget what we're living for. But it's not hard to remember if we just take the time to remind ourselves. We are all have different dreams and are living for different reasons, but if you strip life down to its essential meaning, the reasons are universal. I think that the times we are all really happy to be alive is not something that speaks for our life, like a good test score or outfit compliment, but rather something that speaks for life itself- like catching the sunset at the right moment, watching a butterfly hatch, or just lying in the grass and looking at the stars. Sometimes, we don't get life. But in these moments, for just a second, everything seems to make sense. You can't really put it into words; it's something you just have to absorb on an intuitive level. These moments happen every day, so when you're looking for purpose, you just have to take the time to notice them. 

4) Don't stop moving

Think of life as if you were riding a bike: if you stop, you'll lose your balance. It's ok to go slow, just don't stop. If you stop, everything will just get worse! Sort out your problems, one by one, and it will be ok. 

5) Live in the moment
I have a tendency to wish for the past back. But then I think to myself that this moment is going to be the past six months from now- and I'm in it. If you think the best moments have already happened, no wonder you feel so negative! The truth is, life doesn't stop. Better moments will come again and again and you just have to focus on making more stories. Soak in what is around you. A lot of teenagers wish they were 5 again, but a lot of 30 year olds wish they were 15 again. Instead of thinking about every story in your life, create a new one to remember someday. All you have is right now.

xx Signe

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