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A List With 31 Ways To Get Out Of A Funk

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On some days we all lack motivation, feel drained, or low on energy. We don’t feel like doing anything at all. Easier said, we’re in a funk.

This list is intended to give you some ideas on what you can do to bring back some joy to these kinds of days and help you turn them around.

Before diving into the list I would like to encourage you to listen within to find out why you might feel this way.

Days like this come up for a reason. So, before doing anything, first, check in with yourself to not suppress something that wants to be released.

This list shows that there is so much potential in the small things we do to make a random day feel special.

When you are stuck in a rut, check out this list and do what resonates with you in the moment.

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Basic Needs

are all your basic needs met like drinking enough water, fresh air, 7-8 hours of sleep, sunlight, having a shower, living in a clean environment?


Listen Within

Is there something you’re avoiding?  feel into the feeling and ask yourself why you are in avoidance without any judgment. Just giving the feeling some space and attention transforms it already.


Create Space For Stillness

Just close your eyes and watch what comes up.

Allow answers and guidance to flow to you.

Stillness and connecting to your core help you to see the deeper meaning of your current mood and open you up to solutions you didn’t consider before. 


Guided Meditation

There are plenty of free guided meditations on YouTube or meditation apps. If you feel anxious or like you lack motivation, there are meditations targeted on these topics as well.


Re-Connect With Your Goals

Think of your dream life and really feel into it. You may find that you feel inspired to take a (tiny) action step to further align with it.

It’s always first about inner alignment with anything you desire before you start taking action.

It’s possible that you feel unmotivated because you have no clear picture of what it is you desire, how you would like your life to look like.

Being overwhelmed with that question often leads to not doing anything at all.

It helps to write down everything you desire to experience, to embody, and have in order to call your life joyful and fulfilled. 

Also, think of habits and routines that would add to your happiness every day.

Read through this list often.

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Use Affirmations

Especially helpful are the ones you create yourself. 

They feel more authentic when you repeat them because they are perfectly tailored to your desires in life.

An advanced way to do this exercise is to speak your affirmations in front of a mirror. It gets less awkward with time. Trust me.



Write down things in your life you are grateful for. This can be anything.

With gratitude, the most important thing is to feel it.

Take your time to reflect on who and what in your life you are truly grateful for. What makes you feel abundant?


Move Your Body To Move Your Thoughts 

Whatever your preferred way of movement is, it will help you to get out of your head.

As the mind is usually drained and cluttered on days like these, it’s very useful to shift our attention to our body – yoga, pilates, a full-body workout, going for a walk, or just jumping and dancing around in your apartment can truly make THE difference. 


Read Your Favorite Book

Allow the feeling of nostalgia while reading your all-time favorite book from years ago.


Listen To Upbeat Music

Make playlists that get you in a happy mood for the days you don’t feel that good.  (you can check out my Happiness playlist here)



You can write about everything that comes to mind, again without judgment. Or try out a journal prompt (56 Journal Prompts For Personal Growth)

You can also try out scripting your dream life which is a real mood booster.

Get very detailed about how you want your ideal day to look like, what you are wearing, where you are living,…

Another way to use your journal is to write down your affirmations. 



Visualize Your Dream Life

In case you created your goals list as described under the point: re-connect with your goals, you can now visualize in detail what your ideal life would look like. 

Use all your senses, BE there, and believe with your whole being that this is possible for you. 

Your subconscious mind cannot differentiate between the experiences you have in your physical reality and the ones you have in your mind, provided you get to the level where your visualization feels like you are indeed experiencing it in the moment.

You can also listen to music while visualizing if it helps you to evoke certain emotions you desire to feel in your desired life. 


Bake Something Nice

Having the pleasant result in mind while baking our favorite cake or cookies lets us feel less drained for sure, same effect with cooking our favorite comfort meal.

A list with 31 ways to get you out of the funk, out of a rut, turn bad days around, bring back motivation and joy



If you are into Tarot you can also do a reading and find out more about your current situation.

But be mindful with your intentions and the mood you are in. Take your time with the interpretation.


Just BE In Nature

You don’t have to do anything other than just sitting in the sunlight, or feeling the rain on your skin. Many of us feel instantly calm and grounded if we allow ourselves to be present in nature.


Take A Walk (In Nature)

 Just leave your house and start walking. 

No need to find the best hiking trail. Make it as easy as possible, otherwise it’s too tempting to talk yourself out of it. 



your pet, your family, your partner, yourself. Nothing is more comforting and healing than giving and receiving love (even if it’s just shared with yourself).

Declutter Or Organize 

Because there is always something to organize and declutter. When our space is organized our head is way clearer as well. 


Get Creative

Draw, sing, play an instrument, dance, create a website, take photos, write a poem, bake something. Do what gets you in the state of flow.


Go Through Old Photos

How does it make you feel? How have you changed over the years? Have the people around you changed?


Learn Something New

Pick up on topics you are interested in. You can learn nearly anything for free online.

Start your research, take a course, take notes and reflect on them every now and then.



Make-Up Or Hairstyle

try out a new make-up look or hairstyle with a tutorial. 


Take Pictures

just for fun and to conserve the way you live right now with the people in it.

Document the small moments that seem very mundane. They will mean a lot to you in ten years.


Create A Vision Board

a physical vision board, a digital vision board, a themed vision board, a vision board solely for your business goals, a vision board dedicated to travel destinations,… You know the deal


Listen to Podcasts / Audiobooks

Listen to the podcast that never fails to inspire you. Sometimes the insights we get will plant new seeds in our minds and maybe even motivate us to start a new project.


Watch An Episode Of Your Favorite Show

or watch something funny on YouTube. A quick pick-me-up to feel better afterward – but not meant as mindless binge-watching! 


Do Chores, Clean Your Room

Sometimes it’s also therapeutic to just clean something.

It doesn’t need a lot of mental energy and makes you feel better afterwards seeing the results. Living in a clean space enhances the mood tenfold.


Eat Some Fruit Or Vegetables

Tell me what’s better than snacking on a bowl with all your favorite fruits inside?


Reach Out

Call or text someone close to you. Start a random conversation and maybe if you trust them enough share how you feel about your current situation.


Plan Your Next Trip

Get excited, find your perfect stay, restaurants you want to try out, what you want to do there, watch travel videos…

You can also plan a day trip in your area. A nearby city or landmark you’d like to visit? Plan it out as if you’re taking the trip tomorrow (and maybe you will).


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