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3 Tips for Getting out of a Funk

3 Tips for Getting out of a Funk

Some days we get caught in a gloomy funk with no clear way out. But being in a bad mood isn’t the issue: it’s how we handle it that is. A typical response to a bad mood is to try to force it to stop, but controlling your mood can actually make you feel worse. Instead of swimming against the stream, swim with it. Learn to let your mood pass with these simple steps.

Step 1: Honor how you feel
The first step towards getting out of a bad mood is to honor your emotions. Find a comfortable, quiet space and sit for one minute of stillness. Become aware of how your mood is affecting you physically. Identify the tension in your body and take five deep breaths in and out. Breathe into the discomfort and allow yourself to be present in the experience. This step will help you accept whatever it is that you’re feeling.

Step 2: Flow with it
Now that you’re aware of how your mood feels in your body, it’s time just to flow with it. Take action by doing some kind of physical activity, like dancing, running or stretching. Move with your emotions, and eventually they will move through you.

Step 3: Choose to let it go
Often we get stuck in a bad mood because we’re unwilling to let go of negative thoughts. Now that you’ve taken steps to shift your energy, it’s time to shift your mind. Commit to letting go of your bad mood through the power of positive thinking. Set your alarm clock with the affirmation, “I choose happiness instead of this.” Set this alarm four times throughout the day. When the alarm goes off, recite the affirmation in your mind. Continue this step throughout the day. Your mental commitment combined with your breath can create miraculous shifts.

Use these three steps any time you’re in a funky mood, and trust that swimming with the stream will always lead you in the right direction.

Gabrielle is the best selling author of Spirit Junkie and Add More ~ing to Your Life. She is also the founder of HerFuture.com, the social network for women to inspire, empower and connect. For Gabrielle’s free guided meditations click here:gabbyb.tv.

 

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Gabby Bernstein

Featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as "a new role model," motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation spiritual seekers, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing to Your Life A hip guide to happiness, and Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. In 2008 she launched her social networking site HerFuture.com for young women to find mentors. HerFuture's growing community exceeds 12,000 members.

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5:05PM PDT on May 17, 2013

thanks

2:29AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Great tips. It's always good to let it flow over you, don't fight it, give in to it, let it flow, then watch it pass. The quicker you give in, the quicker it will pass. Then you can get on with something good :)

6:53AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Thanks.

6:59PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

cool suggestions, thanks!

9:19AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

thanks!

5:58PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thanks

6:29AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

2:33PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Thankyou. I know several people who will benefit from this advice!

11:13AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Helps more than hurts! :)

3:52AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

good advice!

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