A-ha! So we meet again. I bet you were starting to wonder… I had a special visitor earlier this week who threw my whole schedule off. Who was the visitor, you ask?
Yes, it’s true. I was laid a little low for a couple days. Just…stuff… You know how that goes. So, I hung out with The Funk for a bit and did the kinds of things you do when The Funk is in town. Listen to sad music. Sigh a lot. Nap. Walk around muttering “Woe is me.” Junk like that. But, I’m all good now. As always, The Funk eventually wore out her welcome and I sent her packing.
I have specific house rules especially for her visits. I’m going to share those with you in this post. I highly suggest enforcing them next time she shows up at your front door.
THE FUNK RULES
Rule #1 – Up and At ‘Em
You must get out of bed and shower. Then get dressed. Now if you still feel like going back to sleep, go ahead. You’ve earned a nap.
Rule #2 – Out of the Brain, Onto the Page
You have to get all those mopey, emo thoughts out of your head. Purge The Funk! Get your journal (or your notebook…or a paper towel…) and write all your thoughts down. There’s a two-fold benefit to this rule. One, you‘ll have a sense of release when you let those thoughts go. Two, you will have a good laugh when The Funk packs up and leaves and you see how dramatic you two were being.
Rule #3 – Do a To-Do
Check at least one thing off your To-Do list every day. I suggest picking the easiest thing – “Brush Teeth“ perhaps. Difficulty level doesn’t matter here. You just want to give yourself some sense of accomplishment.
Rule #4 – Maximum Stay Requirement (MSR)
You MUST enforce an MSR for The Funk’s visit. This is critical! I suggest 48 hours as the absolute longest you let her linger. The longer she stays, the harder it will be to kick her to the curb. You would be surprised how easily The Funk can roll you into The Rut. And believe me, that’s not a vacation destination you want to visit.
Rule #5 – Close the Loop
To make sure you’ve locked the door behind The Funk once you’ve sent her and her baggage on their way, do whatever you do to get into Inspiration Mode. Blast the music, put on your dance shoes…whatever takes you to your happy place. Even if you have to force yourself to do it at first. (If you need some inspiration on getting some inspiration, read the Got Inspiration? post.)
Everyone feels sad from time to time. And positive thinking isn’t always the cure. When someone tells you to think positive and you want to tell them to take that advice and sh…do something decidedly negative with it, you know The Funk has arrived.
It’s OK to wallow with The Funk for a bit. In fact, I would say it’s even healthy. It’s a release and it feels good once it’s over. And if you do it right, it can turn out to be a positive thing after all.
Just remember Rule #4…
Until next time LiliBeaners…get The Funk outta here!