- Put on feel-better music. For me, this is usually REM. My favorite album of ALL time is Automatic for the People and I'm not lying when I say that I have at times listened to this album all day long for weeks. So maybe it doesn't get me out of my funk, but it does help me get through it. (I also listened to it while I was in labor and I think it kept me from killing my husband for hitting every single bump in the road during the forty-five minute drive. Really, he was perfect that morning, but the road was awful.)
- Play dancing music. I really really like crunk when I need a lift. You know, Lil' John, "Get Low," "Yeah" (Usher). I recently discovered that crunk is based in Atlanta hip-hop (give me a break, I haven't lived in Georgia for ten years), so that may kinda explain it. Unfortunately, most crunk is not acceptable music for a two year old. Although she does enjoy listening to the Black Eyed Peas with me, and they're close enough.
- Coloring or painting. There's just something about picking up art supplies and getting lost in creating for no reason. I had a lot of coloring books in my early twenties because I didn't have to think much while I followed the lines someone else had put there. Now, I kind of like to doodle on plain paper in part because I don't want Abigail to feel obligated by coloring books yet.
- Changing direction. Getting focused on something new can help so much to lift my spirits. I spent much of October feeling great because I was in a different setting (and so much of it was at the beach). I tried to keep my focus once we got home, and Heather deciding to visit has definitely helped. I am so focused on making sure we're ready for her visit that I'm not thinking about anything else! Of course, that also means fun home stuff is getting put aside too. That's ok. We'll be ready by tomorrow night!
- Looking through old photos. Remembering the good memories. And remembering some bad. And remembering that Mama always said "This too shall pass" and it always did. And remembering that one time that she didn't say it, and I survived that too. Ali's Yesterday + Today has been really good for me this year.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
How to Get Over a Funk
As I've mentioned previously, fall is my general funk time of year. I wish I meant funk in the "I'm so funky" good way, but no. So what do I do to break out of this funk?
Of course, I'm focusing here on the getting-out-of, not the getting-through-and-getting-by. That's for another day.