Baby Hiding
When Baby feels like hiding, I take her out for some fresh air. She perks up in no time! Photo by Rachel Andrews

We all get into a funky mood now and then. When something is pulling our energy down, the first thing to do is to ask why. Are you healing from something? Are you connecting new pathways energetically? There are many reasons why feeling funky is normal, but you will probably be able to tell if you inquire within yourself. If none of those apply to your particular circumstance, then take a look at my favorite funk busters below.

1. Play your favorite upbeat song. I say upbeat, because if your number one favorite song always makes you cry, it probably won’t bust you out of a funk! I like dance music, silly music, pop, or anything strange, like Rock Lobster by the B-52s for this. Play it loudly and stand up while you’re listening. If your body wants to move, dance around. Sing along, too! Play with the words so you put your own style into it. Before you know it, you’ll be smiling.

2. Go for a drive. Driving around, especially on back roads where there are trees and hills, moves your body through different energy. You are basically forcing yourself into a new mode. If what got you into a funk was worrying or thinking negatively, make a motion of throwing those thoughts out the window. Leave them behind so when you go home, your mind will be clear. If you still aren’t feeling the benefits of driving, do double duty and put some fun music on the radio. I do this thing called “Dance Party in the Car” where I move around in my seat while singing and driving. If you do this, you’ll be getting other people out of funks too, because they will surely smile when they see you dancing in your car!

3. Powerwalk as fast as you can. It doesn’t matter if you do this in your living room, backyard, or down the street. Fast movement will shift your energy out of the rigid state it’s in and get it flowing again. Also, it will probably look and feel silly, which will put a smile on your face. And last but not least, breaking a sweat will release endorphins in your brain which produce a feeling of well-being and happiness.

4. Write down everything on your mind. If you just can’t get up the energy to try the first three, this at least will give you a feeling of relief. Often, we hold so much in our minds that the weight of all those “to-dos” and “I should haves” can crush us. Putting them on paper releases the pressure of having to remember everything. You can decide what to do with your list at a later time. The point now, is to relieve yourself from the duty of holding it all in.

These funk busters should shift your energy just enough to allow you to move on to another task with your good mood intact. The most important part of keeping your mood elevated is to give yourself permission to be happy. People often harbor so much guilt, that feeling good turns into a shameful thing. Release yourself from that pattern and let loose. The people around you will thank you for it, and your own life will soon seem much sweeter. If you have your own favorite mood busters, share them below in the comment section. I’d love to hear them!