Funky Lockdown ~ Getting out of a funk!
Have you found yourself in a lockdown funk? In your attempt to NOT shut down during lockdown you managed media input and discovered new things about yourself, but your limits have been severely tested. So, you spend a day in a funk allowing the feelings to well up.
Is this your story? It was mine last Friday.
I had a low energy day after receiving news that our trip to Ohio would be postponed again because the stay at home order for Ohio was extended through the end of May. I won’t tell you what I thought about that. Feelings of deep sadness turned to anger as the day progressed. I was in a funk.
It is healthy to fully experience all the feels and then release them. It is detrimental to stuff emotions. I love Dr. Christiane Norhrup’s take on feelings…
“The crying will stop when it needs to stop. I have the strength to tolerate my strong emotions.” Dr. Northrup
Do you believe in coincidences?
In the book, Goddesses Never Age, Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D. speaks to my soul! It is no coincidence that this week my friend Dawn and I happen to be reading Chapter 2: Goddesses Know The Power Of Pleasure.
By Friday evening I knew that I needed to get out of the funk! It simply is not good for my sense of well being. Luckily, I had tools! I self coached myself and then worked on finding some much needed pleasure.
Here are three simple steps you can take to get out of a lockdown funk.
Make a list
I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” ~Kurt Vonnegut
Are you aware of what brings you pleasure?
Dr. Northrup’s prescription for general health is to experience more pleasure every day. She suggests an activity that I practice daily. Take a minute every day to list as many joyful activities and experiences that you can. Think big and small experiences.
This list can be helpful in getting out of a funk, and could guide you in finding what your soul longs for. As I became more aware of what gives me pleasure (and what does not), I was surprised by what I discovered.
Phone a friend
Dr. Northrup calls these friends Wingwomen. I love that!
Good friends will point you to a healthy mindset, while allowing you to feel your emotions.
On Friday I enlisted the help from a life coach from my certification class and my book club friend. I also had several dear friends reach out to me for encouragement. It felt like a lifeline.
Who are your Wingwomen?
Saturday morning I woke up with the thought, “this is a new day.” I knew I had a choice to make it a good day or wallow in my grief. Fortunately, Jeff was on board with a day of fun!
Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, nearly perfect with a cool breeze. Jeff and I rode our bikes to Round Top (thirty miles round trip). While in Round Top, we had coffee at Royers Pie Haven and ate hamburgers at Popi Burgers. During lunch we FaceTimed with our daughter and grandson (fill my cup). We then went to Brenham to see what shops had opened. I bought a new dress at The Canyon Chic and then visited a newly opened Brazos Valley Brewing Co that happened to have live music (heaven). We took crawfish home for a backyard picnic. I washed our 48 Ford Maggie and took her for a drive in the country. After dinner I could barely keep my eyes open. I fell into bed extremely happy.
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ~Martin Luther
Discover what fills your pleasure journal
I’m not thankful for the funk, but it did teach me the importance of the pleasure journal. Taking a day to experience as much pleasure as possible got me out of a funk.
When you discover what fills your pleasure journal, taking action is very simple.
If you feel stuck in a funk, I can help! I’ve been trained to identify thoughts that are creating unwanted feelings. Curious? I offer a free mini session. I’d love to chat with you!
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And the birds fluttered around her writing “Yes” in the sky!