Do you ever find yourself in a funky mood where you don’t really feel bad, but you don’t really feel good? I do and although it’s not nearly as often as it used to be (now that I’m self-employed), it still happens to me from time to time.
Not sure what a “funky mood” is? I’m not really sure either, but when I’m in a funky mood I have trouble motivating myself get out of bed, making myself go to work, or convincing myself do anything else on my to-do list of the day.
Although I love being self-employed, one of the drawbacks is that you don’t get paid time off. You only get paid for the time you are working or the projects you complete. So, when I’m in a funky mood I now have to find ways to get over it quickly so I can get back to work and my other day-to-day activities.
Here are 10 ways I get myself out a funky mood. Maybe they’ll work for you too!
1. Make Compromises with Yourself
One way that I convince myself to get out of bed when I’m in a funky mood is by making compromises with myself. (Does that make me crazy?!) I tell myself that if I get XYZ done then I can watch 1 episode on Netflix, take a nap, or read a chapter in my book. It’s usually enough to get me up and going and once I’ve started working on something I usually get more done than my original compromise with myself required before I take a break.
2. Give Yourself a Real Treat
Another not-so-great thing about self-employment is the constant hustle. Although I’ve got a nearly full client list I’m still always on the lookout for work or higher paying work so I can increase my income, learn new marketable skills, or just plain have some fun in a new role. #nerdalert #lovetolearn
But when I’m in a funky mood, I don’t feel much like hustling, so I give myself a real treat after I push through a funky mood filled day. Usually it’s something pretty cheap like a new bottle of nail polish, or a half price milkshake at Sonic, and I always take it out of my budget. (Ok – most of the time!)
3. Take a Break
I’ve learned that sometimes my funky mood is just not going to go away with one of these first two strategies, and when that happens it’s usually because I truly need to take a break. Now that I’m not working two full-time jobs, this is not such a regular occurrence. But before I quit my full-time job I was really feeling the strain and the burnout of working so much, and my funky mood was usually because I needed a brain break. Usually 1/2 to 1 day of doing basically nothing was enough to get me back on track and in a better mood.
4. Work on Mindless Tasks
This may sound bad, but not every task I do for my business takes a lot of thought. For example, some social media management tasks literally involve copying and pasting things I’ve already written or brainstormed on a different day from a spreadsheet into a social media scheduler. These types of tasks are good ones to take on when I’m in a funky mood because I don’t have to think too hard.
5. Listen to Music
When a funky mood strikes and I simply have to push through it, I turn on my favorite CD before getting to work. I’m a very musically motivated person, and music has always been part of my life. I listen to music when I studied and homework in school, I always had the radio on at my desk at work, and now that I’m self-employed the radio or a CD is constantly playing all day to help me stay motivated and on-task.
6. Get Your Workout On
I didn’t realize how much I missed working out until I got started again a couple of weeks ago. Before becoming self-employed I had been working out at a Crossfit gym for just over a year until my business and life became so busy I literally didn’t have the time or energy to work out. But now that I have more time on my hands again I’ve started working out in one form or another nearly every day. On the days I don’t work out, I can definitely tell a difference in my level of focus and brainpower.
7. Eat Healthy
Although I love junk food just as much as the next girl (or guy), whenever I eat a lot of junk food, eat out too much, or drink too much alcohol, my mood is definitely off. I have more trouble focusing on my work and I get in that funky mood where nothing sounds good to eat except a salad (and I don’t even really like salad that much). That’s when I know it’s time to get back to eating better and not having so much junk food, alcohol, or caffeine.
8. Rest Up
Even though I don’t have a set time for when I have to get out of bed in the morning or be at work on my business, I still try to keep somewhat of a “normal” schedule. That said, there were a couple of days during the first week where I got some extra sleep. One morning I turned off the alarm and didn’t wake up again until nearly lunchtime and another day I decided to lay down in the afternoon and ended up taking a 4 hour nap! It’s not a great idea to do this all the time, but I could tell my body needed it when I woke up and my funky mood was gone.
9. Play with Your Pets (or Kids)
When I’m in a funky mood my pets know it. My little dogs try to comfort me and my cat likes to lay on my lap and purr. Playing or cuddling with my pets for a little bit usually makes me feel better when I’m in a funky mood and I imagine it would work the same way with kids. (Maybe?)
10. Call a Friend
I’m an extrovert for sure so working from home and being alone all day, except for my pets, can be weird sometimes. Calling a friend or family member and having a short chat is usually enough to help me get over my funky mood and the need for social interaction now that I don’t have co-workers to talk to during the day.
Are you ever in a funky mood? How do you get over it?