Personal Growth For Singles
You know those days, when you wake up and just wonder… “Why?” 

- “Why do I need to get out of bed today?”
- “I don’t like my job, why do I have to spend the time/effort to get up and get dressed, only to go sit in a cubicle for 8 hours?”

- “Why has life dealt me these cards? I’m sick of being where I am.”

These feelings are natural, and aren’t anything to be concerned about.  Most of us feel this way from time to time; so don’t think like you’re all alone.  In most cases, those of us who have been through these “funks” before know that they don’t last forever.  It may not be pleasant while you’re going through them, but they do eventually pass.

Life has its ups and, of course, it has its downs.  Sometimes it may seem like life has piled a whole bunch of negative garbage on you all at once, for no particular reason.  Maybe you lost your job, and maybe the same week your car broke down.  Maybe you caught the flu and had a big fight with your significant other the next day.  It just doesn’t seem fair.  “Why did all of this bad stuff happen to ME, and all at the same time?”

Well, consider this – it is usually only in these low moments that we ask “Why?”  What about in our highest moments?  Do we ask, “Why?” then?  Normally, no.  When things are going well, we’re happy, excited, and content.  We expect life to always be this way, and can’t image it any other way.  However, when things take a turn for the worse, we throw our hands up in the air in disgust and ask; “Why me?”  As if our whole lives have been one bitter defeat after another, we question why things look so grim.  In truth however, the low times in our lives are only speed bumps.  Without the bad, the good wouldn’t be so sweet.  The next time that your life is going well, take a mental snapshot.  The next time the sun is shining and the birds are chirping and your car is full of gas – take a moment to appreciate the world around you.  Your life is pretty darn good, even if crummy things do happen from time to time.

When life has me under a dark cloud of funk, there are a few things I like to do to free myself from its suffocating grip.  First, I try to get outside.  No matter the temperature and no matter the weather, more times than not fresh air will do the body a great service.  The re-circulated oxygen in your apartment or house isn’t doing you any good.  Get out and breathe some fresh air.  Go for a walk or a drive.  Just get out.  Looking at the same picture on your wall all day long can be depressing.  Change your scenery, get out and enjoy the world you live in.

Another thing I like to do is bake.  Baking has always been a passion of mine.  When I’m down in the dumps, it is relaxing to whip up a batch of brownies or cupcakes from scratch for my friends/family.  It not only gets my mind off whatever has been troubling me, but it’s also FUN!  Now, maybe baking isn’t for you, but you must have something that you enjoy doing.  Reading, playing video games, drawing, blogging, exercising.  Whatever you need to do to escape the world, just for a little while.  Put your funk on the backburner and think about something else. Keep in mind; while it isn’t a good idea to ignore your problems completely, distracting yourself for a few hours can be a healthy thing.

Lastly, I always enjoy speaking with my friends and family when I’m feeling blue.  You don’t even need to tell them why you’re calling – just call.  Have a conversation about sports with your brother.  Have a conversation about a television program you enjoy, with your aunt.  Have a conversation about a new book you read with your best friend.  Much like baking, for me, having this conversation provides me the distraction I need.  It allows me to put life in perspective, and often puts a smile back on my face.

It is easy to get bummed out, but when you think about all of the great things life has to offer…and has offered you in the past, the funk you’re in will begin to dissipate.  Here’s to the good things in life.

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