So I had a bad day…or more like a bad week. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t like admitting when I’m feeling down. I’m more of a suffer in silence kind of girl; which doesn’t exactly help get out those negative emotions bubbling in me. Very recently I fell out of the habit of writing in a journal or practicing yoga to help release tension and I can definitely see what a difference it has made. A friend of mine started an Instagram page about healing and it inspired me to dive into the gritty feelings I’d be avoiding. Because, as we all know, the only way out of something is through it. I’ve dealt with anxiety since grade school and sometimes it gets me down.
As Hayley Williams from Paramore would say “Sometimes life gives you a good punch in the face” or something along those words. Sometimes you just have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, or even sometimes a generally bad year. I think those times are necessary to enjoy that good day, good week, good month, or good year. However, it’s not always easy to remember that in the moment. This week I decided to post about what I do when I’m not feeling like my best self. Here are my top five things to indulge in when I’m trying to get out of a funk:
Read a good book: It should come to no surprise that I’d find peace in words being a writer. There is nothing more freeing for the over thinking introvert (like myself) than getting lost in someone else’s word and story. Some of my favorite authors (and poets) and my favorite book to read are: Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Rupi Kaur, and Judy Blume.
Binge watch shows and movies: I happen to adore children’s movies. They’re a blast and typically light. Some of my faves are: Boss Baby, the entire Shrek series, The Proud Family Movie, Lilo and Stitch, and Disney Princess movies. My favorite TV shows are where things get a little more dramatic and emotional: This Is Us, The Nanny, One Tree Hill, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and New Girl.
Listen to music: A GOOD playlist never hurt nobody. Just steer clear of melancholic Adele songs.
Practice yoga or exercise: Yoga is one of those really peaceful ways of just being present and taking things easy. I like to exercise on bad days when I need a good burn and to exhaust energy.
Journal: If you’re anything like me and don’t do well with expressing negative emotions, journaling is an easier way to express all your thoughts and emotions. I try to journal everyday but some weeks are busier than others. Making time to journal on the bad times is extremely important to me because it’s when I know I need it most.
What are some things you do to get yourself out of a funk? I’ve got a good foundation right now but I’m always open to new outlets. I wanted to end this post on a good note so I’ll leave you with this:
Your emotions are always valid. You do not need a specific reason to feel whatever you feel, whenever you feel it. Please, know that and allow yourself to go throw it. There is no shame in admitting you’re not doing great. There no need to be fake happy here. I see you and I understand.
(Post Title inspired by Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day)