How To Get Out of a Funk & Feel More Like YOU Again

Hi my lovely!

OH MAN... what a winter this has been.

If you've been following me over the last month or so, you know that 2019 has been off to a bit of a rough start for me. From the highs of visiting Florida for a few days and seeing my fam/friends, to the lows of being sick for 2+ weeks and dealing with seasonal depression...

Despite all my goal setting, planning, organization, and good intentions to start off 2019 with a BANG, life doesn't always go according to plan.

Even though 2019 has been off to a slow start, I'm making a very serious effort to overcome alllll the things that I've let hold me back and get into a positive frame of mind to start #GSD SISTA.

I've shared my experiences on Instagram, but in case you missed how I'm getting out of this funk, you can listen to this podcast episode or this one.

I’m really glad I shared my lows and how I was moving through them, because those are the exact things that moved me from sulking, being sad, feeling sorry for myself — to completely lighting a fire under my azz to move forward and get past my funk.

There’s a fine line between extending grace to yourself when you’re at a low point — allowing yourself to feel sad, go through the motions and not beat yourself up.

But there came a point where I KNEW I could do better, be better, FEEL better. And even though I didn’t freakin feel like it 99% of the time, every day I’d force myself to do the things I knew I needed to in order to stop feelin funkay.

The biggest dial movers have been:

  • setting strict boundaries around social media

  • going outside for walks even if the weather suxxx

  • moving my body every single day (minimum 30 min)

  • eating mostly clean and GPF

  • journaling

  • speaking about it (hello, podcast aka my form of therapy! ha)

  • and MOVING. TF. ON. / not dwelling on the fact that I didn’t feel good 👏🏼👏🏼

Sometimes when you’re feeling down, you have to pull in the reigns a little bit more in certain areas.

For me, that’s looked like setting an actual schedule for when I’m on social and deleting it the rest of the time, taking pics of my food to stay accountable to my meals, planning out my days BY THE HOUR and filling it with all the necessary self-care things that I usually make the excuse “I don’t have time for these today” and therefore end up feeling like a bag of POO. 💩

If you’re feeling low, I feel you.

But sister hear me when I say this — YA GOTTA DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

The world needs that bright, joyful, confident version of you, and alllll the wonderful gifts you bring to this world, k? 💕🔥🤗

If you need to chat about it, I AM HERE. Reach out to me with what's going on and we can chat.

Let’s get you back on the path to being the strongest, healthiest, happiest version of YOU — don’t settle for any less!

Sending you so much love. Let's finish out the winter on a BRIGHT note!

xo

Julie

REAL TALK: Seasonal Depression & Feelin' Funky

Can I be 100% real with you?

This winter has been really freakin hard for me.

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I never believed that seasonal depression was a real thing. As a Florida girl, I saw the sun 360/365 days per year.

When I moved to Canada last year and experienced my first winter, I noticed that toward the end of winter (February specifically)... I didn’t want to do ANYTHING.

I no longer felt motivated to work out, eat healthy, go to work, clean my house... I literally would just sit and stare out the window for what felt like hours (and sleep, a lot 😴)

Fast forward to this year, I’m experiencing the same thing. I went to Florida, came home and was sick for two weeks, and thought that’s where my lack of zest for life was stemming from.

But truthfully it’s bugging the CRAPOLA out of me because I’m usually super motivated, driven, and going at full speed ahead. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Y’all know I’m not one to just sit around and sulk in my own misery, so I’m trying to do a few things to help:

☀️ take vitamin D religiously
☀️ move my body for at least 30 minutes every day, preferably in the morning
☀️ focus on eating greens, protein and healthy fats at every meal (GPF style)
☀️ meditating and journaling
☀️ spending time with people I love
☀️ and honestly just giving myself the space and grace to feel down, understanding that this season will pass

Mental health is something we often shy away from talking about, for fear of seeming weak or feeling exposed (like omgz, u mean she doesn’t have her shiz together alwayzz? 🙄)

But I want to share the GOOD and BAD on here.

I am human. You are human. We’re all just trying to figure it out.

If you’re struggling, I’m sending you a BIG HUG. 💕 please reach out and confide in someone, no matter how hard that may feel.

And if you want to learn more about what I’m doing to get out of this funk, you can listen to my latest podcast episodes:

I hope it offers you some comfort knowing that you’re NORMAL and you’re definitely not alone.

Sending you a BIG OLE VIRTUAL HUG. We can get through this!

xo

Julie