Abigail Morgen



5 Ways to Get Out of Your “Funk”

“You don’t need a new day to start over, you only need a new mindset.” – Hazel Hira Ozbek

We’ve all had those days, weeks, or even months where we are not ourselves and in a sort of “funk,” but how do you pull yourself out of those times? I’ve been struggling with this lately and it’s been really hard to finish a lot of things that I have to get done. So, how am I combating this? Well, I’m still learning but I have found a few ways that help me gain back my motivation.

1. Be Aware of Your Feelings

This is one of the biggest struggles that I have. I’m horrible at pushing down my feelings to get stuff done until they just explode out of me. Being aware of your feelings will help with keeping your motivation up and making sure you don’t sink down into a “funk” where you don’t want to do anything. Let’s make it a mission that we will start to listen to how we’re feeling and making those feelings known, if need be, because you can only force things down for so long before it all just comes out at once.

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you.” – Brian Tracy

2. Keep Trying New Things

One way to keep your motivation up is to try new things. Don’t get stuck in a rut with the same routine day in and day out. We need to grow as individuals and feel a sense of accomplishment to stay motivated and one way to do this is to keep broadening your horizons and trying new things.

One way that I am trying to do this is by going back to my photography interests. I’ve always wanted to get more into photography and by doing so, my creativity is flowing and I’m getting motivated again. 

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy

3. Set Realistic Goals for Yourself

Goals, goals, goals.. The things you set for yourself but you either always forget or get overwhelmed like I do when you have too many at once. Realistically, we can only accomplish one or two goals at a time so start being realistic by writing down your goals and giving each one a timeline to complete them by. Remember, make sure only one to two goals are being worked on at once and once those are completed, move on to the next one!

SMART goals are something that I have struggled with, but I’m here to tell you that they aren’t bad. They force you to think out and write down your goals which is the first step, right?

In case you need a refresher, SMART goals are: 

Specific – Well defined and clear

Measurable – With specific criteria so that you can track your progress towards accomplishing your goal

Achievable – Not completely impossible to achieve

Realistic – Within reach and you will be able to accomplish your goal

Timely – You set up a clearly defined timeline, including a start date and target end date


“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy

4. Be Nice to Yourself

Our minds are powerful and if you are constantly talking down on yourself, of course your going to get into a “funk.” We need to believe in ourselves and talk about all the good things we do instead of just focusing on the negative. Celebrate our successes and learn from our failures but all in all, we HAVE to be kind to ourselves.

I have a huge problem with being very critical and mean to myself, but I’m learning to be more positive with the way that I talk to myself. Yes, it’s really hard to block out the negativity but I’m learning how to switch the negative thoughts with positive ones and soon that will be my new norm.

“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” – Author Unknown

5. Do Something You Love 

Do you love writing, creating, painting, riding bikes, exercising. reading, drinking wine with your dogs playing next to you? What ever you love to do, DO those things! Try to set aside at least 30 minutes a day for just you. If you can do longer, then definitely spend more time. I’m a firm believer that we need to constantly be recharging ourselves by doing things that we like to do besides just being in a schedule of: wake up, go to work, come home, make dinner, eat, and go to sleep. That’s not fun and how do you stay motivated and not in a “funk” if you are just doing the same things over and over again. You need to work on yourself and you need to spend time on yourself which you can start to do by doing something you love to keep you out of a “funk” or even pull yourself out of a “funk” when you get into one.

“If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.” – Mia Hamm