What do you do when you are in a blue funk?
Paula Davis, contributing writer
Have you ever been in a blue funk? Are there days when you feel lethargic, unmotivated, and generally unhappy with everyone and everything around you, but you can’t really pinpoint why you feel this way? What do you do when you have one those days when traffic is backed up and you’re late for work; your sinuses are draining down the back of your throat; your spouse is angry you didn’t do X, Y, or Z and you come home to find that you don’t have everything you need in the fridge to cook what you planned for dinner?
If this doesn’t sound like you, then insert whatever scenario you want to above. We all have days when we just feel…bad, sad, or mad!! How do we get ourselves out of a blue funk?
I think the key is to focus on having an attitude of gratitude. Instead of focusing on what is going wrong around you, or what you don’t have, or what you wanted to happen that didn’t; focus on what you do have and what is right about your life. There are times when we all get discouraged and disheartened. You have to consciously try not to throw a pity party about this, that and the other that’s wrong. One exercise I do when I find myself in blue-funk-land is to immediately try to make mental list of the things that God has blessed me with. God has done so much for me that just thinking about it quickly lifts my mood and makes me realize I have much to be thankful for and nothing to complain about. In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us some excellent advice about how to navigate the daily grind of our lives. He states “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I have found that no matter how seemingly “wrong,” or “bad,” a day may be going, even in the midst of it all, I can think of innumerable things that are “right,” “good,” “excellent,” “lovely,” and “praiseworthy” about my life; and these are the things I choose to meditate on. Trust me, it’s hard to be unhappy and disgruntled when you are mentally going through the countless ways God has been good! Don’t let a blue-funk cloud your day. Remember the goodness of God and be thankful! Watch those clouds fade away…
Thu, May 26, 2011
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