3 Tips for Getting Out of a Funk

Some days we can be caught in a gloomy funk with no clear way out. But being in a bad mood isn’t the issue: It’s how we handle it that is. A typical response to a bad mood is to try to force it to stop, but controlling your mood can actually make you feel worse. Instead of swimming against the stream, swim with it. Learn to let your mood pass with these simple steps.

Step 1: Honor how you feel
The first step toward getting out of a bad mood is to honor your emotions. Find a comfortable, quiet space and sit for one minute of stillness. Become aware of how your mood is affecting you physically. Identify the tension in your body and take five deep breaths in and out. Breathe into the discomfort and allow yourself to be present in the experience. This step will help you accept whatever it is that you’re feeling.

Step 2: Flow with it
Now that you’re aware of how your mood feels in your body, it’s time to just flow with it. Take action by doing some kind of physical activity, like dancing, running or stretching. Move with your emotions, and eventually they will move through you.

Step 3: Choose to let it go
Often we get stuck in a bad mood because we’re unwilling to let go of negative thoughts. Now that you’ve taken steps to shift your energy, it’s time to shift your mind. Commit to letting go of your bad mood through the power of positive thinking. Set your alarm clock with the affirmation, “I choose happiness instead of this.” Set this alarm four times throughout the day. When the alarm goes off, recite the affirmation in your mind. Continue this step throughout the day. Your mental commitment combined with your breath can create miraculous shifts.

Use these three steps any time you’re in a funky mood, and trust that swimming with the stream will always lead you in the right direction.

Gabrielle is the best selling author of Spirit Junkie and Add More ~ing to Your Life. She is also the founder of HerFuture.com the social network for women to inspire, empower and connect. For Gabrielle’s free guided meditations click here: gabbyb.tv

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About Gabrielle Bernstein

  “So long, Carrie Bradshaw—there’s a new role model for go-getting thirty-somethings. Gabrielle Bernstein is doling out inner peace and self-love for the post-modern spiritual set.”~Elle magazine   Featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as “a new role model”, motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation spiritual seekers, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing to Your Life – A hip guide to happiness. September 2011 Gabrielle launches her second book, Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. In 2008 she launched her social networking site HerFuture.com for young women to find mentors. HerFuture’s growing community exceeds 11,000 members. Gabrielle was just one year out of college, when she co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit professional organization that connects female entrepreneurs.That same year, Gabrielle incorporated her own boutique public relations company, SparkPlug Communications. In 2003 Gabrielle was the president of the Young Professionals Council for NARAL Pro Choice New York. Her brainchild event Strut Your Choice became a YPCC yearly fundraiser. Since 2004 Gabrielle, who has a degree in theater from Syracuse University, has been on the speaking circuit. Gabrielle has presented lectures at Google, the WIE Symposium, Kripalu, the Massachusetts and Philadelphia for Women, Seattle Center for Women in Democracy, Nobel Women, Integral Yoga, Universities nationwide, The Step Up Women’s Network, The Junior Leagues and many other venues. Gabrielle has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times Sunday Styles, ElLE, Oprah Radio, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Glamour UK, Sunday Times UK, Forbes List: 20 Best Branded Women, Featured on the Cover Self-Made Magazine (top 50 Women in Business), CNN, NBC, WPIX11, CBS, Fox & Friends, PBS “To The Contrary”, Wall Street Journal, AdWeek, Sirius Satellite Radio, Am-NY and New York Moves Magazine. Gabrielle is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Yourtango.com, Intent.com and Crazysexylife.com, HerFuture.com and many more. She can also be seen riding around the East Village on a unicycle.