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How to de-funk

Doldrums? The best time for swimming. #booyah

Remember learning about the doldrums, those low-pressure spots in the ocean noted for calm periods when the winds disappear altogether, trapping sail-powered boats for days or weeks?

Life can be like that, a serious funk. Ugh.

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait for the winds of life to change to put wind back in our sails. Here are some things we can do:

  1. Rest. When our mental and physical energy is depleted, it can cause a vicious cycle of negative thinking and error-prone actions. Instead of powering through, stop what you’re doing and sleep. If you’re worried that you’re not going to have enough time to get what you need done, think about the fact that fixing mistakes makes the job twice as long as doing it right the first time. No one will complain if you get the job done right.
  2. Pick your battles. The old saying goes, “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Focus on the things you can change, often not your circumstances. In the doldrums, a captain could not will the wind to blow. However, it’s often our outlook on a situation that is the easiest to change. Realizing that some circumstances are beyond our control can motivate us to work out better coping strategies. So be courageous, make a list, and get busy. (If you’re not ready to do this, see point #1.)
  3. Rally the troops. No captain ever manned a ship through a storm on his own. So look for mates to get you through the rough times. Friends or family, maybe an online support group or forum. Whatever the case, don’t go it alone. (If you feel completely alone, refer to point #1.)
  4. Tomorrow is another day. Every day, life changes. Be on the outlook for positive changes ahead and be ready to hoist the sails when you spot them. (If this sounds too rosy, see point #1.)

Unlike most advertising slogans, life is not simple, easy or affordable. We have to invest time and energy and a crap-load of guts to get anything out of it. So get some rest, make sure your fights mean something, find a support network, and prepare for the best.

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