7 Ways To Get Inspired When You’re In A Funk
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7 Ways To Get Inspired When You’re In A Funk

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in a funk lately. Maybe it’s been the rainy weather in New York City or my plans to become a nomad moving too slowly are bringing me down. I’ve had a lull in my enthusiasm for Instagram, taking photos and even writing blog posts. I’ve noticed a similar trend with people I’m in  Facebook groups with. I thought all week long about what kind of post you all might like to read this week. When I realized that I had writer’s block I knew I had to get inspired. When you’re in a rut, or just a bad mood the healthy thing to do is not dwell, but to get yourself motivated.

Here are a few ways to get off your ass and get this accomplished, like that next blog post you need to write.

Read A Good Book

I do most of my reading on the subway to and from my job. I’ve got a solid 30 minutes to read my book uninterrupted. Not only does it help me mentally de-stress after a long day of staring at my computer screen, but it also inspires me to keep writing. Reading the words of great authors or reading inspirational books has always motivated me. Lately, I’ve been reading a book called The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fu*k, judging by the title you can guess its pretty entertaining. Next, I’m reading the classic motivational book for aspiring entrepreneurs, The 4 Hour Work Week. Sometimes it helps to get out of your own head for a bit and into someone else’s.

Talk To Your Loved Ones

It could be your partner, your parents, therapist or even fellow bloggers and Instagrammers, venting on what’s got you in a rut and why it really sucks will no doubt make you feel better. More importantly, having someone else’s perspective will help you see things differently. It will also inspire you to attack the problem in a new way and keep moving forward. Lately, I’ve been seeing a dip in my Instagram engagement and I’m getting pretty frustrated. I talk to my boyfriend, another Instagrammer, about how to just keep going and improve and all of a sudden I’ve got a new strategy moving forward. It also helps that he’s freakishly positive, sort of like having my own personal motivational speaker.

Write Down Your Goals

I’m not talking about making your own dream board, but hey, if you’re into that kind of thing… I just simply write down a list of the things I need to get done in the immediate future and a list of things I want to accomplish long term. This helps put my mopey mood into perspective. It’s a reminder of the goals I’m trying to accomplish and what I need to do to achieve them. Plus, when you have everything written out in front of you it seems a lot less overwhelming.

Do Something Nice For Yourself

The other day I realized a little contribution I had written for a website was cut. Yes, CUT! I almost lost it. I went into drama queen mode and thought my writing career was over. So I walked down the block to the organic foods store and bought myself a bouquet of lilies. I thought, fuck this! I’m going to treat myself. Sometimes you just need to indulge in the little things in life. As I’m writing this post I’m sitting next to my vase of flowers and it’s giving me a little extra boost. Turns out, my piece wasn’t cut, he just forgot to add it in!

Take A Walk or Exercise

This is one that took me a long time to realize was actually helpful. After I started becoming a social influencer in the foodie scene in New York I had to start working out. I was gaining so much weight and I had also become twice as busy. Once I got into a routine of going to three exercise classes a week, my mind was much clearer. I left class feeling exhausted and sweating like a whore in church, but I was WAY less stressed. I also live next to Prospect Park, so when I’ve got writers block I often just take a walk there. Working out left space in my brain to get creative with my Insta posts and articles and to get things done.

Watch Something Entertaining

I’m not talking about binging a heavy drama like “The Wire”. I’m talking about watching a comedy or a cooking show to just let your brain relax. Lately I’ve been REALLY into “The Great British Baking Show” and “Chewing Gum” on Netflix. Maybe I’m going through a British phase… Anyway, sometimes just watching something totally mindless for an hour can relax you and clear your head a bit. Once the episodes finished instead of watching three or four more, use your refreshed attitude to get back to work.

Get Jealous

OK, this one might be a little…petty. Instead of getting down on yourself because your photo didn’t get as many likes as so and so from your Engagement Group or that other blogger you see on your feed, get motivated. Sometimes I scroll through my Instagram feed and look at all the pictures that are better than mine. Sometimes I definitely want to give up, but I don’t. It just inspires me to skill up and make my pictures even better.


What are some of your favorite ways to get inspired?



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  1. mapolo.style

    Great tips, also reading for me distresses me I like reading before I go to sleep.

    May 2, 2017 Reply
  2. Ash

    Getting jealous was an interesting point! Never really thought of that.
    Great post hun!
    Ash | http://www.theashtreejournal.com

    May 2, 2017 Reply
  3. Sophia

    I find talking to my family and taking a walk really helps me! Thanks for sharing this! x

    Sophia xx http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

    May 2, 2017 Reply
  4. Helene

    Great tips and really on point. I always trust a good book and my journal. And when the weather is good i love walking by the beach.

    May 3, 2017 Reply
    • Katie Lockhart

      Ahhh yes, the beach and the water is so calming! Great place to think.

      May 10, 2017 Reply
  5. Sushmita

    Haha, of all you have listed above never had thought being Jealous would help 😀
    Thanks for sharing!

    May 6, 2017 Reply


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