6 tips to break out of a funk and leave 2016 behind
Learn how to leave 2016 behind and break out of a funk
“triggered, traumatized, on edge, anxious, sleepless, angry, hopeless, avoidant of connection, alone, and suddenly haunted by past traumas they believed they had buried..”
Here are some tips from the 3Plus Coaching team to help you break out of a funk and get you back on track:
1. Focus on a higher level of self-care
Self-care isn’t just ensuring your hair is properly cut and styled, your nails polished and your abs toned. It extends far deeper to respecting your needs on every level. This is only achievable if you actually know what you need and understand what has meaning for you. These are baseline conditions for elaborating what we call extreme self-care measures which, in turn, fuel self-confidence.
2. Re-evaluate your goals
Now is the time to decide where you want to be in 2017. What is your vision for yourself? Who do you want to be in the upcoming year? Find a way to pin point and track your goals. Write them out and put them somewhere you will see them. If they're date or event related, tick them off. You'll see how far you've come over the year and will give you a visual push to keep going and break out of a funk. Look at wider services such as career coaching to give yourself a structure and motivation.
Eliminating self-doubt, showing confidence, creativity and independent thought will reduce the need for control and supervision. Self-doubt is a talent and promotion killer. It keeps you in your comfort zone.
3. Commit to new habits
Next, identify the beliefs and fears you hold that are not serving you well; these are the ones that keep you from believing that reaching your goal is truly possible. How do you know if they are limiting you? Say them out loud. If they don’t feel good when you speak them or think about them, then they are keeping you from getting the outcome you want.
4. Disrupt yourself
When we feel insecure we frequently like to slide under the duvet, watch our favourite films, eat comfort food and create a nest for ourselves, to be in our safe space. Whitney Johnson suggests doing the reverse. You need to put yourself in new situations, learn new skills, meet new people and try something different. Challenge yourself. If you keep doing the same thing you won't be able to break out of a funk.
When you try something new, you make a decision to focus on who you can become, not who you are — to move from stuck to unstuck. When you learn, you get a squirt of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you happy. It literally feels good to disrupt yourself.
5. Choose the right people
Being around people who lift, motivate and support you in your goals is important. Don’t be afraid to let go of those toxic relationships or people who bring you down and take you back to place you are trying to leave. We can end up carrying not only our own baggage but those of the toxic people around us. Learn to let go and move on.
When these types of people shift into negative behaviour, remember it’s because they can’t get what they want, in the way that they want. This is about them, not you. It is an inability to communicate their needs effectively and constructively and suggests some inner, possibly long-standing, unresolved issue. Understand well that it is not your problem.
6. Pay it forward
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a good a place as any to start. Whether this means offering support to colleagues and family, acting as a mentor, or making sure you are generous with praise and thanks, all helps to generate a mood of positivity. By being a source of positivity you might also help others out of their 2016 funk.
Are you still clouded by 2016? What are you going to do to leave your 2016 funk behind? If you're feeling lost contact 3Plus now for mentoring and coaching services.
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