Allyna woke up one bright morning only to find herself in a “funk”. The rising slump had been sluggishly creeping in for a while but, with no solid apparent reason. A slim loss of passion, a slight decrease in focus occasionally, and a few new pressures. Nothing more than we all face. Yet, the recession felt more like a nose-dive into a pit of worthlessness this particular break of day. She went throughout her routine with the lingering concern hoping the feeling would dissipate. Unfortunately, it grew and really began to take root over the next few weeks. When someone would ask how she was her response was “I am well”; “Doing fine and you?”. You know…the common comebacks because she couldn’t quite pinpoint a real problem. Have you ever experienced this state? Are you familiar with the status?
I have had the pleasure of being there! To this day I probably can’t isolate any major reasons for every episode. However, I can attest to the fact that the wacky feelings are real and it definitely lacks any “glimmer or shimmer” nor resembles any upbeat music. So, what can we do when the mood strikes? Address it, call it out, deal with the elephant in the room.
Here are 3 “defunking” tips:
1. Replace the source! Go straight to the Lord. He knows you better than you know yourself. The Father is aware of your condition and He saw it coming way before you did. Confess it, hand it over, and claim scripture. Make no mistake, the enemy has been prowling and wants more than anything for this state of mind to be the key of destruction. He wants to drag you so far away from God that you forget He is your sufficiency. Dethrone him and send him back to the fiery pit from which he came.
Lord, I bring my entire being under your authority and I place my trust in you alone. Cut off the source of this unproductive mood and help me stand firm in your blessed joy. I will cling to your word and not my state of mind.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Psalm 103:2-4
2. Change the view! Most of the time the funk is brought on by feelings related to self-reflection. Remember, we are continually fighting a battle against our sinful nature. So, slay that dreadful dragon with love for someone else besides yourself. Go out of your way to do something for others. Snail mail a short note with an uplifting message, pay for a stranger’s coffee, offer to babysit someone’s kiddos for an evening, pick up the phone and call that distant family member, pray for specific people with desperate needs… The main thing is JUST DO IT! It doesn’t matter how you feel, just reach beyond yourself. It changes the view and reflects God’s heart.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
3. Release the funk! Just like an instant-pot, steam has to be released. So, go for a walk, run around the track, go hammer a few nails in a board, pump some iron, deal with all those weeds in the yard, etc. Whatever healthy exercise method works for you. Physically get it out of your system and release it to the Lord. Refuse to bottle up the feelings and emotions associated with an “out of sorts” mood. I’m not promising it will fade immediately but, I am saying that oxygen and hormones through exercise will stimulate the brain and aid in decreasing the negative state. As you get moving, the goal is to remove the unwanted guest. You can do it!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Then maybe enjoy some real funk!