How to Get Out of a Funk & Into Flow

Do you remember the last time something happened that upset you and threw you into a funk?

The chances are it blew you off course all day.

I had one of those days yesterday.

No matter what I did I couldn’t shake this terrible headache so at about 3pm, an hour before my girls came home from school, I took some time out to chill.

After many years of dealing with my creative ups and downs I’ve learned how to heal myself quickly so that I don’t spend too long feeling low & ‘funkish.’ (That’s from dictionary Rachel 🙂

Instantly soothed by Paulo Coelho’s, Aleph, my headache began to dissipate and I was able to get myself together to whiz off for parents’ evening.

It occurred to me just how critical it is to be in touch with the ways that you can replenish yourself or nourish your soul QUICKLY!

As a solo-entrepreneur, creative or small business owner you can’t afford to allow yourself to wallow in the blues too long. 

The good thing is that no one enjoys feeling blue for any length of time so by having to be ‘on’ for your business you also serve yourself by spending more time in happy and productive flow.

Intuitively I’ve developed ‘hacks’ to help myself over the years as I shared in Confidence in High Heels but it was only recently when studying the Law of Attraction Practitioner course that I came across this as a real coaching method.

If I recall correctly, Joe Vitale calls it having a memory and an activity cue.

A memory cue would be something you can draw on in times of despondency that will bring you right back into a time of feeling joy such as giving birth and seeing your baby for the first time or when you got the keys to your wonderful new home.

This doesn’t work as well for me as the activity cue.

An activity cue is DOING something.  For me it might be spending time at the bookstore, reading something uplifting, such as Aleph, clearing clutter or changing location and going to work from the coffee shop.

In fact I’ve taken it one step further now and instead of waiting for the blues to strike I incorporate more joyful activity cues into my schedule.

Once a week I head for my favourite coffee shop, nab a window seat and do my review and plan for the week with a steaming latte and observe the passers-by.

So what is it for you?

Chances are you already have some techniques that help you get out of a funk and back into creative flow.

This week’s challenge is to become aware of your favourite two or three possible cues and begin to schedule them into your life BEFORE you need them.

The paradox is you’ll probably need them less and less as you integrate them into your schedule and will be able stay in happy, productive mood more easily.

What are some of the things you do to get yourself back on track when something brings you down? Please share with the community in the comments below as we can all benefit.

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