How to Get Out of Your Funk!

I’ve been noticing lately by the stream of negative and discouraged posts on Facebook, that a lot of the people in my life are in a funk! This does not sit well with me as you all mean a lot to me and I want so much more for you!! So a little advice for you today…

You have to have an attitude of gratitude! I say this to my kids from time to time when life’s challenges come up and they get down on themselves or discouraged about a situation that arises. And my little guy, who is in second grade, will say all proud “Mommy, attitude and gratitude rhyme!” It’s no wonder the words rhyme as they go together hand and hand because when you have a grateful heart, you will have no choice but to have a positive attitude!   

People ask me all the time “How do you stay so happy and positive, Kristie?” Well, I certainly do have my down moments, as we all do, but for the most part I remain in a positive, happy state. It’s a big part of who I am, what I stand for and who I will become. I do this by always focusing on what I am grateful for…everyday! It is impossible to feel down when that is your focus.  

A little skeptical? I have a little mind exercise for you today. Place yourself in a setting where you can really reflect on everything you have to be grateful for. It can be sitting on your back porch enjoying the cool morning air, listening to the birds chirp, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, just sitting with your eyes closed thinking about all the things in your life that you have to be grateful for. Just breathe…in and out….and make a mental list of positives. 

Or if you’re in more of a get up and go kind of mood, put that iPod on and start walking or running. I do this many times a week. I have my iPod loaded with songs that really make me feel blessed and help me to reflect on all the good stuff in my life. A few songs off the top of my head that I have on there, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson, “Anyway” by Martina McBride, “Live High” by Jason Mraz and the list goes on. I cannot come home from that walk without feeling energized, rejuvenated and most importantly…grateful!

Whichever setting you choose doesn’t matter. Just put yourself there on a daily basis and watch your attitude transform and your life change for the better! No matter what situation you’re in, you have a lot to feel grateful for. The first being that you get to be here today to read this. With just this moment, be grateful you can read, that you have your sight, that you are breathing, that you woke up today…you have so many things to be grateful for, you just have to recognize them.

Sometimes when I do this exercise, I’m so overwhelmed with gratitude that it brings tears to my eyes. Why are so many of us focusing on the bad when there is so much good?

Yes, this world has gone crazy, there is so much negative out there trying to drag us down. BUT, you have a choice!! Are you going to let it drag you down? Or are you going to fight it and BE the change you want to see in the world? Seems like a simple choice. But I tell you, it’s MUCH easier to fall victim to the negativity. That’s why there is much more of that out there in the world. The staying positive and being the change takes work!! It will not come easily, you will have to work at it everyday. The old saying we all know…anything in life worth having, takes work. But you can do it…and it’s worth it:)

Grateful for this day!

6 thoughts on “How to Get Out of Your Funk!

  1. Kristie this is so true. I was praying with my kids last night the very same thing. Thank you God that today we were able to do all the things we did all because you gave us arms, legs, feet, hands, eyes, ears, mouth, ect to accomplish all we did. Thank you because many people don’t have parts of their body that function properly, but we do. So thank you. It is so important to see your life in the aspect of gratefulness because most of the world is without less than what we have. Prespective is an eye opener. I am remembered about that everytime I receive a letter from my Children of the Nations Child who is amazing and loves God even though she has little and her Parents were brutely murdered.

  2. Thanks Kristie…
    Everything you said is so true. Some of the stories I’ve heard from people who are going through some hard times (financially, health issues, etc.) has made me stop and realize that I really am grateful for what I have.

    You’re positive attitude, strength and support has been a big influence on me and for that I’m grateful.

    Thank you!

  3. You are so right Anastasia, persepctive is huge. We have it so good and don’t even realize it half the time. Bless you for helping out that child. What a horrible situtation for that poor baby.

    Gail, you are the best!! So happy that you enjoyed the article and so proud to work with you!


  4. i can not agree may be hard to think posotively when most of what you see is negative but once you start being grateful for specially for the little things,like being grateful you are alive and awake,or you were able to provide food for your kids and send them to school or just simply having a a roof to stay.There may be questions that you can not find the answers right now, but i know one day all those will be answered without even you noticing it at first.thank you for a very positive Monday.

  5. I high appreciate this post. It’s hard to find the good from the bad sometimes, but I think you’ve nailed it! Would you mind updating your blog with more information?

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