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The Feeling of Depression or Just a Funk

Updated on June 15, 2015

Feeling a little under the weather emotionally

What is A Funk

Lets face it we all get into a funk every once in a while, even the most optimistic and upbeat people. A funk is not being depressed but a time when you feel nothing is working right in your life. Very often these funks are set off by a particular incident and they grow and grow. I am in a funk this morning. I know what set it off, which by the way has nothing to do why I am in the funk. A friend hurt my feelings and it set off an alarm. There are many reasons we get in a funk and sometimes just cannot figure why.

A particular funk for writers is what happens to a person who is working on a project and suddenly nothing is working. The words are not flowing and nothing seems to be working.


Handling your Funk

Think about how you are going to handle your funk
Think about how you are going to handle your funk | Source
When you find your solution you can jump for joy.
When you find your solution you can jump for joy.
Get together with a friend
Get together with a friend | Source

Reasons for getting in a funk

There are so many reasons for getting in a funk and it can attack you at any time;

Here ae just a few possible reasons for a funk:

  • Your significant other is acting like a jerk and being difficult
  • Your significant other is not being supportive of you and your endeavors
  • A project you are working on is going nowhere
  • You don't know what steps to take to fix a problem
  • You were left out of an invitation for a group of people
  • You are waiting for emails and calls that are important and they are not coming.
  • YOu gained a few pounds and you have been dieting
  • You are not following through with your planned agenda
  • You are tired of doing things without results
  • Your hubpages views are slow in happening
  • You are confused about marketing a new product, service or idea.
  • Even though you are active online on all the social networks you are not getting results.

These are just a few reasons for getting into a funk. If you have some different ones please add them in comments.

Why I am in A Funk

I woke up today feeling directionless, and this doesn't happen very often. I have several things I am trying to do in the writing department and other creative endeavors. I am at a standstill and don't know where to begin. I am not sure how to market my stuff and I am not sure where to begin. I feel like closing shop today just not doing anything but whatever I feel like at the moment.

Solutions for Getting out of a Funk

  • Take a walk to clear your head.
  • Identify why you are in the funk and write it down on paper. Check tomorrow to see how you feel about this issue or issues.
  • Do something for your project even just a few minutes may get you back on track.
  • Do some research on any facet of what you are doing.
  • Talk to your significant other and explain how you feel if that is your issue.
  • Call a good friend and set a lunch date to validate your own feelings.
  • Stay off the scale for a few days if you are angry with the scale.
  • Do something nice for yourself.
  • If your issues are with writing ---write about something you love.
  • If you have an issue write about it--I did.
  • If all else fails contact a fellow Hubber.

We writers understand the daily joy and frustration about writing.

Finale

I am going to take my advice and try some of the above suggestions. I don't like the feeling of no direction. It is amazing how one day you feel like you have got the bull by the horns and the next day everything is a bit foggy. One good thing happened so far, I wrote this hub in a short period of time, and that rarely happens. So maybe the day is going to get better as it goes along.

This is me Libra

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      OMGoodness, I just came out of a funk from the last three weeks. Nothing was wroking right and I wasn't getting any views on my hubs or FB or just about anywhere on the internet. I have found just getting out of the house and going for a drive and getting fresh air and fresh views helps lots. Sometimes turning off the computer and focussing on other things helps too. Yesterda was a fairly warm Winter day and my husband was off of work because of the snow that we got the night before. I usually clean on Sunday's when he is at work and out and about. We only have one car so I can't get out sometimes when I want or need too. I tunred off the computer and we did cleaning and then went out to lunch. I am so energized right now.

      Have a great Day yourself Carol!

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      Joel Diffendarfer 2 years ago from Ft Collins, Colorado

      In writing some stories for my grand kids...I came across your hubs. Love 'em! Great topics, great style! Keep up the good quality work...you made my day.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I find that exercise helps the most--very useful hub!

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I have days like this which sometimes last a week or more. You have very helpful tips here. It is so easy to feel sorry for ourselves. Solutions don't always come to us without help from a friend. Voted up.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I am in a funk right now, but I think a good night's sleep and a positive project tomorrow will go a long way toward lifting my spirits.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nice and interesting read, Carol. Voted up and shared.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol... they are a horrible feeling. I think every once in a while though we need what I call a "Slob Day."... lol... you know when you pull the curtains closed, stay in your PJ's and just plain do nothing in particular...

      PS... the Migraines are still hanging in there not as frequent... started taking Magnesium and it seems to help... Go figure.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Vespawoolf...As an excellent writer that you are I do appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by..always good to see you

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      After reading this Hub, I can say that you did the right thing to get out of the funk! We all get in moods at times, sometimes for valid reasons and sometimes for reasons that are difficult to identify. Your list of suggestions are great and I plan to consult them again next time I need some positive energy--which will probably too soon to my taste. This is a well-written and engaging article. Thank you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Being in any creative path is always a challenge. relax and let ideas flow...and so much good luckw ith your new writing opportunity. HOpe you will share it when you get going.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you so much for your compliment...Funks just happen sometimes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      figured it out. Thanks.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for comments. I think when our expectations don't happen right away we get funky. We all have issues in life and dealing with them is always a challenge. Thanks for votes so much.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you crystal..I appreciate your comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I think funks are natural...and sometimes when life is not going in the direction we want.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      trousoldi: Thanks for visit..and saying no is not a bad thing.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hope you found your way out of your funk. I have been in one for a week or so now. Have a great writing opportunity, but I am suffering from brain freeze and I can't get things moving in the right direction. Ugh! I'm hoping to give my brain a jump start so I can be productive again! I will go through your list of suggestions, one at a time and see if that helps. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I know I'm not alone! :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Every once in a while, I think it's normal to be in a funk. Do something to get out of it, but don't stay at home though. Great hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LOL, I just noticed I wrote "fun" instead of "funk." haha. Well, maybe you can inspire people to turn their funks into fun! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Carol, at least your fun inspired a quickly written hub! I totally get it; I often get in a funk about different things, lately about where to go with my writing. I find it hard to focus. Maybe that will get better. I, too, find that writing things down does help. Great hub. Many votes!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Good advice Carol, I think we can all relate!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have been faced with many funky days lately, I feel this way when I don't sleep well or when I am pressured to certain chores around the house.

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      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      I don't like having to say no to my kids, when I really want to say yes to a trip to McDonald's or some other treat. But often finances don't allow for the extras.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you rebecca..I just think we all get in these moods from time to time..especially when we are trying to accomplish something and there are many roadblocks.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I can really relate to this Carol. Thanks for sharing your feelings on this. It Is finally spring here, (late coming). I think the lack of sunlight hurts us all. Happy spring!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Kidscraft... Actually writing about it really helped...and feeling much better..and more in direction.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Sorry to hear that you are feeling a little bit under the weather! I suppose it happens to almost all of us. My philosophy when it happens "try to put one foot in front of the other" and let's hope I accomplish something that day. On the other hand...may be it's our body who tells us to take it easy!

      So..... be kind with yourself :-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks breakfastpop...I know that is so true and we all have our own ways of dealing with any kind of stress. A funk is different from depression..it is just a time where nothing seems to be working right...Thanks for the votes and your support.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I can't imagine a human being who has never experienced a funk. The best course of action for me is to plow through it with activity. I begin by going through my house and organizing things and throwing things out. As I get rid of "stuff" my mood changes for the better. When it's writing, well, I just write...anything. You are not alone, that is for sure. Voted up and useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for joining in Pstraubie: I know you have been going through a rough patch for a long time...and for you to find ways ot dealing with life..worth listening to. However we all have our moments in life and they come upon us...Mine lasted a few hours yesterday and writing helped a lot..and now that the angels are here...how can I miss. Thanks as always.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Carol

      Been here, done this but truthfully do not allow myself to get to the 'funk' state....when I feel one may be on the horizon I head out the door for a walk. Also as odd as it may sound, I remind myself that there are too many positive things in my life to let myself become sidetracked.

      Now, I have had many years to get to this place....

      Your bag of tricks is valuable and offers many ways to stave off the pesky funk.

      Thank you for sharing

      Sending you many Angels today :) ps

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Try some of the solutions...I think it is just human nature to get into a funk once in a while. Thanks for sharing and stopping by. Truthfornow

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I am definitely in a funk today so your article is very timely. I hope to get out of it soon.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lisa..sometimes small things we do for ourselves really work. It is easy to get down but we can get up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Bill thank you.. I always so enjoy having you come and comment. I am feeling better already..writing can be so cathartic...Thanks for all the support you show and your dear friendship.

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      Lisa Williams 4 years ago

      I tend to get in a funk more than the average bear, so this article was very useful to me! Thanks for posting, I will certainly try your suggestions! I voted up.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Carol my friend, you are not alone. We all go through highs and lows in our life. I think writing this Hub was a great way to work yourself out of your funk. You have some great suggestions here. Here's hoping that tomorrow brings you sunshine and happiness.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lets hope I dream tonite. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      A useful hub, carol.

      I have been acting funky and some times dunno which route to take...some of your tips will help me.

      Sharing it across

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sometimes when things fill the mind, it is amazing how one can solve the problem via a dream. It has happened to me before.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      how nice...Things like that often happen and Iam always so pleased when they do. I am already doing better--writing helped me a lot today. I got to write about what I was going through..and got lovely response..Thank you so much and glad you are already doing better.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Carol, we must be sharing the same funk! The first 2 reasons on your list are mine. But I took your advice and walked in the sunshine, checked out my just-emerging spring flowers, and connected with Nature. I also like the idea of writing down the issue and coming back tomorrow to see how I feel. I'll use that in the future I'm sure. Now I feel better! Thank you for being there right when I needed some friendly help.Voted Up+++

      ;) Pearl

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You will. I am already better. I forced myself to do some tasks.., I came up with a winning idea for a new book I am planning, and I am making a really nice lunch for my husband and me. Thanks so much.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I hear ya..Sounds good to me. Maybe the ions in the air..The winds are really gusting today which is rare...Thanks so much oh Bravewarrior.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Billybuc: I am glad to hear this as sometimes I feel I have so much to be grateful for and I should not get down.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Carol, sometimes the weather puts me in a funk. When it's gloomy outside, it makes me feel blue and unmotivated. I usually let that play out by giving in to it. I'll take a day off from writing and just do nothing by read my mail and watch the cooking channel or Lifetime. That works for me. By the next day I'm raring to go.

      I don't fall into funks often, but when I do, I allow myself to feel it and take a break.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I'm in a funk at the moment, but I am hoping to get out of it soon, good info Carol :o)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was in one last week. Went for a walk and talked through it with Bev. Now I'm back to normal, cheery and energetic. I think it is quite normal. In fact, I worry a bit about people who are always upbeat and seemingly without a care in the world. Just doesn't seem natural to me. :)

      Great suggestion and very useful info.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you ImKarn aka Leslie: thanks for uplifting words..always appreciate seeing your smiling face and wonder words. I am so glad you are out of your really scary funk..and you are enjoying life..So many things are about acceptance.. Thanks for votes and shares andall that good stuff.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks Rajan;;;for dropping by and knowing I am not alone.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Hi, Carol, so sorry to hear that you're down! I do my best not to, um - FUNK UP, but - alas - we're only human..

      my funk has just lifted - it comprised of about 6 weeks of walking around in a bit of a fog - worried about my health.

      On the other hand - i can CERTAINLY empathize with soooo many other contributing factors on your list - no question!

      cheer up, sweet friend - you are NEVER alone!

      voting and sharing on..

      (read ONLY funny stuff today - have you read Dana newest - about weird food? HILARIOUS! it's on my fb page too..)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Yes it happens to me once in a way and I believe it happens to most of us.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you cloudexplorer.. Getting that support is so important..and I do have a supportive partner..He is always there for me..not always necessarily interested in everything I write but ...he knows what it all means to me. Just in a funk today because of things not falling into place..and lots of them. I love the honesty of hubbers and you. I always enjoy your most astute way of writing and brilliance. Glad to know that I am not alone...not that you are having issues..but we all like to know we share what we feel. Thank you so much for stopping by, taking the time to comment and being a wonderful supportive hub pal. Do you keep a notepad or recorder by your bed????

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Carol you are not alone my dear I have a great deal of funky days, and maybe more of them then good ones. I have issue with my spouse as well and in dealing with her not supporting my writing and online efforts, but it doesn't stop my strides none.

      What does slow me down is when I wanna write at night and when my thoughts somehow begin racing like hell around the time I should be asleep. Its most frustrating indeed and I wish I could somehow teleproject my thoughts onto the PC as I'm laying in bed LOL :) I'm not sure if that is even a word, but you get my drift.

      Cool hub here and very well written for the fact of venting off and being able to someday see the light at the end of this tunnel we're sharing thoughts in.

      Thumbs up and out! Oh and I know you will find your way to having a much more happier, more productive day because its all just a phase of sorts. Trust me, the tides shall change for sure.