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Moving out of a funk

October 4, 2011

Moving Out of a Funk
by Olivia Rossi, R.N., M.S.N
Your Personal Trainer

Moving helps me think.  It creates a “spark” in my brain—it stimulates my creativity.  Greater minds than mine have said it, too.

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~ John Muir

Moving helps you think and there is scientific evidence to back it up.  Exercise induced brain chemicals clear your mind and help you think more clearly.  It can help lower your stress, lighten your mood, improve your health and increase your happiness.

So what happens if you just don’t feel like moving?  I didn’t.  I was in a funk.  It just wasn’t happening for me.  What was wrong with me?  I know better.  Two days in a row I went to my closet to find something and it wasn’t there.  My closet was in a clutter.  I had lost, or at the very least, forgotten where I had put some important papers.  My mind was up-ended.  I felt disorganized and, to use one of my favorite words, I felt “dis-combuberated.”

Time out.  I knew what was wrong.  It was my buckets.  One was full and the other was empty.  Let me tell you about my two bucket theory of life.

Bucket one is my stress bucket.  Bucket two is my peace of mind bucket.  When one gets full, the other gets empty.  It doesn’t take much.  One little stress added to another, added to another, fills up that stress bucket.  Filling up your stress bucket depletes your peace of mind bucket, that bucket that makes you feel better, adds to your happiness and your joy of life.

I wasn’t getting on with my usual daily life.  I knew I should get out and exercise but I didn’t feel like it.  I was working long days, I was tired and I just didn’t have the get up and go to get up and go . . . That made me feel even more distressed.  I didn’t have enough energy to exercise.  So, I didn’t.  When you don’t have enough energy to exercise—you don’t have enough energy to exercise—and when you don’t exercise, you don’t have enough energy .  .  . and so it goes.  Do you ever have days like that?

The next morning I took charge.  I put on my running shoes and made myself go.  I forced myself out the door.  Sometimes it’s just like that.  As I ran along Old River Road, the sun glinting off the water, I felt renewed.  My mind felt alive again.  Moving again.  Moving out of my funk.   I think that’s the answer to moving out of your funk.  Moving.

Yours in fitness,
Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN

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Suz October 4, 2011

People always try to find the shortest distance between two points to avoid any excercie in mind or body. The reward is part of the distance, not just the end.

Delores Martin October 4, 2011

To answer your question, I do have days liek that.

Wilma October 4, 2011

I hate that no-energy feeling which makes that first step so much harder. No fun.

My thoughts October 4, 2011

That’s where friends come in.

Wilma October 4, 2011

I agree

noname October 5, 2011

But my Funk always follows me

Olivia October 5, 2011

Dear noname, I’m sorry that your Funk follows you. Mine has done that, too. The best thing to do in that case is to turn around and chase it away! Sunshine, seratonin and a good smile can help chase away the blues . . . plus some of your favorite music.

J. Williams October 6, 2011

Last night I came home late and tired from a long day. I was ready to eat a second dinner by cruising through a a fast food drive thru as a way to unwind. But I remembered reading this article this week. It made me think that I coudl unwind and feel good by excercising as opposed to wolfing down processed food. I made a deal to myself. I would get on the excecise bike for 15 minutes and then fix a home made bowl of spaghetti. Teh compromised worked, a little bit of excercise and a little bit healthier choice. Thank you Olivia.

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