Have you ever felt sad or angry for no reason? Have you ever been blue, but couldn't quite figure out why? I have. Its something that sometimes is embarrassing to admit that our lives aren't as perfect as we make them out to be on social media, but I just want to be real here.
I believe happiness is an attitude. I believe being grateful is the simplest way to be content. I believe that comparison of joy. I believe that Jesus is THE source of true joy.
I believe all that, and have to tell you that I still have days, weeks, sometimes that I am in a funk. Jen Hatmaker called them doldrums on her blog, which is just a fitting word. I don't always have a reason for feeling down, blue, grumpy, or discontent with my life, but it sneaks up on me and all of a sudden, I don't want to do anything else but lay on my couch and watch Grey's Anatomy reruns every night.
All the things that help me get out of these funks, I don't feel like doing. Eating healthy food always makes me feel better, physically and also emotionally, but when I'm in one of my ruts, instead I chose processed food, full of sugar and carbs. I'm also not the tidiest person out there, but I absolutely hate things out of their place, I hate clutter, and feel bad about my self and my life when my apartment is a mess. But when I am in a funk, the last thing I feel like doing is getting up off my couch and cleaning. It takes work to dig your way out of a funk, you know? Work you just don't feel like doing.
Its okay to have days where you're down, its okay to not be 100% happy, cheerful, and bubbly all the time. Sometimes, life is plain hard. Sometimes my joints ache to the point it is painful to walk. Sometimes, work is so stressful I can't think straight after work. Sometimes, you get in a fight with someone close to you, or someone hurts you by the sins the commit against you. Its okay to feel how you feel. The bible doesn't tell us not to be angry, but it does tell us not to sin in our anger.
Something that I've been reminded of on this Overcome the Lie Challenge is that my feelings don't rule me. They are real, and they matter, but they don't dictate my life. Overcoming negative thoughts and emotions is a process, but I've found at least one tactic to fighting the lies that our emotions are capable of telling us.
For me personally, I have made a list of things that make me feel healthy. Physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And when something sends me into one of those funks, my action plan is this: do one thing off this list a day. Start choosing the things that bring me joy and peace.
-reading a good book
-a clean apartment
-getting outside in nature
-having a cup of coffee with a good friend
-encouraging someone close to me
-going on a date with my sweet boyfriend
I realize that no one of these things are going to suddenly change my outlook on life or take my mood from down and depressed to happy and joyful, but its a start. One small thing at a time. Together, these things will help me climb out of those dark moments, days, weeks.
Whats on your list of things that make you feel healthy? How do you get out of a rut?