Getting Out Of Your Funk
Words by Kiana Duncan
I stood in front of the mirror. I lifted up my tank top and squeezed the fat on my stomach. I hadn’t done that in a long time. My rational self was telling me to stop, to turn away and to go through my usual steps to body positivity, but I kept feeling that if I could look at the parts of myself I was beginning to dislike again, I could figure out what was going wrong. I felt guilty for eating out so much that week. I felt guilty for all the cupcakes I ate on my birthday. I felt guilty for feeling guilty, because even with being busy working an internship and a job, along with applying for a visa, I really was doing my best.
But that still didn’t feel like enough.
That’s usually how I know a funk is coming on.
1. a style of popular dance music of U.S. black origin, based on elements of blues and soul and having a strong rhythm that typically accentuates the first beat in the bar.
Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
2. A period of time in which a person feels especially down about their body and usual fitness goals and tasks seem daunting and unexciting. Usually accompanied by a “what’s the point?” attitude.
That sounds about right. So I was in a pretty deep funk. Usually it takes a really good workout or bloating to stop before I can get back into the swing of things. But this time, it lasted a full week. So I decided to take it into my own hands and test some tried and true methods that I’d like to share with all of you.
1. Be honest with yourself.
Be honest about how you’re feeling. As much as you can try to force yourself to be positive, it doesn’t help to keep it all bottled up. Talk about how you’re feeling with someone close and who understands you well or is also in the fitness community and knows these feelings. That being said, always feel free to DM me! It can be normal to want to repress those feelings. For example, part of my inner dialogue when talking about this was I know what I post on social media is usually very pro-fitness, and posting something honest and raw felt almost hypocritical. It’s like me saying, “I know I tell you to love your body, but sometimes I don’t like mine all the time!” But then I took a step back and realized that it’s totally OK to be honest, and that if it helped someone else, then it’s worth it.
2. Try something new!
3. Stop fixating.
4. Understand and acknowledge your triggers.
5. Talk to someone.
6. Try taking some #BOPO [body positivity] pictures! There are some days I look at myself in the mirror and think, “Wow, I look like crap today.” But then I break out my camera and shoot some mirror selfies and am actually in awe of my body and how amazing I think it looks.
7. Work on your personal development, too.
8. Take a break.