What's "the thing you do" to help you get out of the funk?

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April 1, 2019
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There are some days when I wake up and instantly know it's gonna feel like shit- I don't feel good, I don't want to go to work, I don't wanna hit the gym, I don't wanna talk to people, I don't want to do anything to improve myself, but I also don't crave any recreational activities (like video games or some shit).

Such days really throw me off of my routine and my game, because I have to force myself to communicate with people.

I believe such shitty days aren't uncommon, what's your remedy?


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Title What's "the thing you do" to help you get out of the funk?
Author Rav_the_slav
Upvotes 105
Comments 76
Date 01 April 2019 08:44 AM UTC (2 years ago)
Subreddit askTRP
Link https://theredarchive.com/post/223959
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[–]Justanotherredditt154 points155 points  (5 children) | Copy

Ride out the shitty day and then break myself during my workout. Pass out like a champ. Wake up feeling better the next day. Rinse and repeat.

[–]Cloak_and_Rose8 points9 points  (2 children) | Copy

Basically this, but I find meditation does help with the general mindset. Some days are gonna be shitty though and that's fine

[–]mnsmon1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Do you have a set time to meditate? Every morning/night or just when you fell like it?

[–]Cloak_and_Rose2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Well like everything, you make time if it matters. For me a quick 10min morning and evening really makes a difference

[–]Jedi_Buzz_Zerker4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Inspiration found right there.

[–]I-dont-know-it0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Yep! No matter how hard it is to push yourself to the gym, it’s always a payout

[–]TheRedPillRipper43 points44 points  (3 children) | Copy

Hola again u/Rav_the_slav!

There are some days when I wake up

The next day always starts the night before. Granted people socialise, party and whatever else however humans are creatures of habit. Success is found in our daily routine.

Mine starts obviously by getting 8 hours of sleep. I'm up and in the gym from 5:00-6:00 Monday-Friday and Saturdays plyo/iso/agility work depending on how the body's pulled through. To make this happen I aim to be in bed asleep by 21:00. Usually try and get it in by 20:30 because I enjoy some rec reading before bed.

The remedy for me isn't a one-off; it's routine.

Godspeed and good luck!

[–]setsuna09 points10 points  (1 child) | Copy

This is good. My main problem is finding and sticking to a good routine. That’ll be my goal this week

[–]8380atgmaildotcom2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Make it the goal for a day first

[–]Lightning141 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I've discovered this myself. When I start to feel off I just need to get back to my routine that I know works well for me. Bed time, Wake up time, shower, meditation, work, gym @ lunch break, work, meditation. No matter what I did the couple of days before, by the time I am done with my mid-day gym I am back to normal.

[–]fender187812 points13 points  (0 children) | Copy

I force myself to find something, anything positive to concentrate on.

The easiest fall back for me is just being thankful for waking up. Period.

So many people are stuck in awful situations. You see ridiculously motivated terminal cancer patients. That right there makes me feel like shit for even worrying about “having the sniffles,” “not getting enough sleep,” “being turned down by a girl,” “losing a plate,” etc.

People I work with, friends and family always comment on how positive I am and how that energy is contagious. Often times, I’m worried or upset about something on the inside but never drop my frame. I use faith, the gym and just general appreciation for life to stay motivated.

As a firefighter/paramedic, I see awful shit all the time. If I didn’t focus on the positive, it would eat me up.

It’s amazing how just acting positive or faking a smile leads to you being positive. Jordan Peterson talks about this with his lobster theory. Acting like you won the battle often times leads to you having enough dopamine and serotonin to actually win the battle.

[–][deleted] 38 points39 points  (4 children) | Copy

That is today for me, exercised, walked to the shops, cooked a nice dinner and now distracting myself with chores.

[–]Jedi_Buzz_Zerker19 points20 points  (3 children) | Copy

Seems more like you're distracting yourself with Reddit...

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

lol I did finish my chores though =D

and today is a happy day, woohoo

[–]Pluglord-3 points-2 points  (1 child) | Copy

😂😂

[–]Jedi_Buzz_Zerker4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah, I couldn't resist.

[–]paul_ernst16 points17 points  (1 child) | Copy

For me, that's mostly a signal that I just need more sleep. I always feel nihilistic when sleep deprived for a couple of days.

Secondly, it might originate out of a lack of variety in general. When it comes to working out, if it becomes dull, predictable etc. it's a good time to switch up routines, try out new machines, focus on other muscle groups, new exercises etc. This helps me a lot. Going in the gym and not knowing what I'll do but just see what I feel like doing. It's a lot more fun and more freedom of mind.

Lastly, it's cliche, but that feeling is caused by a lack of goals. Focus / short 'meditative' breaks helps me a lot in reminding myself of the bigger picture. If there isn't a bigger picture, than that might be a problem.

[–]newlifeRP5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yep. Lack of sleep. u/Rav_the_slav your description of your day looks like total apathy which is one sinptom of depression. I'm not saying you are depressed, but good sleeping and eating habits are the first thing you look for on those cases. So, fix that first if it needs to be fixed.

[–]HumbleTrees5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

This thread is beautiful. Stay golden you heros

[–]btrpb15 points16 points  (6 children) | Copy

Force myself to the gym or yoga. Early in the day. Then I'll feel great, and if I wanna sit around all day watching Netflix I'll do it.

[–]Pluglord9 points10 points  (5 children) | Copy

If I wanna sit around all day and watch Netflix I’ll do it.

I wouldn’t give this advice out to people. Particularly on this sub.

[–]Vouch33r5 points6 points  (4 children) | Copy

They're adults and can be responsible for themselves.

[–]Pluglord-4 points-3 points  (3 children) | Copy

Not everyone here are adults. And yes we’re all responsible for ourselves, that doesn’t mean we’re all making responsible decisions.

[–]That_Deaf_Guy0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

Okay but you're not the guardian of everyone on this sub. He didn't give out advice, he stated what he does. Everybody is responsible for their own actions; if you're not making responsible ones, that's on you.

Focus on yourself.

[–]Pluglord0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

This is a self improvement sub. What the fuck is the use of commenting “oh I like to lay my fat ass down and watch Netflix while eating a giant bag of Doritos all day because waaaaah I don’t feel good”.......

Is this what this sub has come to?

[–]That_Deaf_Guy1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Didn't see anyone mention Doritos, apart from you. I did see him mention the gym, though.

[–]Andorli6 points7 points  (4 children) | Copy

1) Stick to schedule.

2) Up the Tren...wait wrong sub.

[–]whiffofass 1 points [recovered]  (2 children) | Copy

Tren is strange man. I LOVED being alone. Didn't give two fucks about anyone. Never have I felt so complete and confident. I couldn't even help but walk like an arrogant prick. Strangely girls pick up on it. They want to sniff your scrotum when you have this kind of irrational confidence radiating out of you.

[–]BarackTheObama 1 points [recovered]  (1 child) | Copy

Only to wake up three days later from one of those tren dreams, soaking the bed with sweat because u forgot to pin

[–]bruiser180 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Nice

[–]Lightways4342 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Lift 6 days a week. Meditation. Reading.

[–]spartan_3172 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy

I grab a notepad and pen and write down everything on my mind. Seeing it on paper helps me a lot and I determine what i need to do in order to overcome it. If it is a lot of shit, then I have a reset day.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/need-reset-day/

[–]sadshark0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Dont ever do this. Dont give importance to stupid thoughts like you dont give importance to stupid thots.

They are just thoughts that have literally no control over you... why the fuck would you materialize them on paper?

Let's say you had a bad dream that upset you. Do you write it down and dwell on it like an idiot or do you let it 'slide' and move on?

[–]spartan_3171 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I found that it helps me. I don't know why it just does.

[–]humzy3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

wake up, then meditate for 20 min. then look at my goals list then put on some sick tunes

[–]2INNASKILLZ2K182 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Meditation then gym.

I have a morning routine I like to follow. I have a list of things I read, which focus my mind. It reminds me of things like the serenity prayer, remembering to focus only on today, changing what I can and letting of what I can't, focusing on my mission, frame and a couple of things to work on from the day before. These things are in dot points...

I wake up, have a protein shake, pre-workout, and something to eat...

Read through the dot points.

Do a guided mindfulness meditation.

Go to the gym and lift.

Having a routine helps me to get some control of myself, and centers me. I sometimes wake up feeling off, and my head running. The only thing that changes that, is action.

By the end of all this, I'm full, focused, and feeling great after the gym.

Discipline, brother. Or just run with feeling shit.

[–]1redhawkes1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Discipline. Be proactive.

[–]MetalWeather1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Force yourself to do something productive that you will want to ignore in that state of mind. Chores, a creative hobby, work out. Delayed gratification will get you out of the funk

[–]CassWCD1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I like to buzz all my hair off probably once a year if I notice that I have a stagnant couple of weeks. Purely symbolic way of shedding the funk. But it helps keep me accountable to the change.

[–]redpilledfox1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Listen to good music, shower, meditate, do a couple pushups (physical exercise) or work your mind (read, puzzles), and you’ll feel refreshed.

[–]five_eight1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

There was a POV on public TV the other night called "Minding the Gap (2019)" about young adults stuck in ruts primarily due to their dysfunctional upbringing/families. I was entranced and will try to buy a copy. It made me feel grateful. Well, it was about long-term ruts versus one or two bad funk days, but reminded me.

[–]maljo243 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Exercise. Friends. Good hobbies. Visit a museum. Go skydiving. I try to stay busy. Sitting around thinking is not good.

[–]pebblefromwell2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Walk in the woods, mother nature usely takes care of me.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

Hitting God's Gift via a gravity bong right before sleep has been helping me with PTSD but it's just a temporary band-aid over a bleeding heart-wound.

[–]sadshark0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Have you tried meditation?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Barely....but dynamic meditation has helped.

[–]dtyler860 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Find a song, photo or dream vacation or goal you know you need to survive the day/week to get to. Song and photo obviously are not goals, but they get my ass to an immediately better mindset. I love my families old home on a lake in upstate ny and I keep one in my favorites folder on my phone and I think, get up, do work, crush goals, earn more and this summer getaway is one day closer to reality; is this so hard to accomplish? Answer is always, well... of course not.

[–]Thunder_banger0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Prevention! I can almost always trace the source, is usually eating the wiring food/eating too late or a general indicator my health is slipping.

[–]Imtoosexyformypants0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Cupping if I’m really fucking stressed out and my back is fucked. Going to try acupuncture soon as well.

Usually it’s stress fucking yo my sleep and causing issues

I’ll start eating healthier and hitting the gym, meditating more

Sometimes a good motivational book or looking at another trade. Makes me realize allot of tasks jobs are worse than my own.

[–]golgynat0r0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Try meditation when those days occur. For example I cannot meditate when I have a lot of things to do and when I'm in a good mood and can do basically anything. Only when 'bad days' occur, meditation does wonders,

[–]Classy_Amir0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Coffee helps.

[–]PlzBuffBeamu0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I hit the gym and read some manga, also try and sleep early. The following day I hit the gym first thing.

[–]Jerrycanprofessional0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I made a little routine for myself After hours upon hours of staring at screens, reading, talking and working. Go back home, have a nice meal, go to your room and lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling.

No music, no talking, not doing anything, just stare at the ceiling and do nothing, think of nothing, say nothing.

I guess it's a form of meditation that I accidentally put together and made a habit? Don't know, but I know it works.

As of waking up feeling shitty, get up, open your eyes and mouth as wide as you can without tearing your jaw open, take a few deep, strong breaths, wash your face, grab a cup of coffee and be on your way. That usually works for me.

[–]treehauz0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Most rewarding sleeping time is between 10pm and 12am. Be in bed by 10pm. Drink min 2 cups of water before and after sleep. VOILA! You don't feel like shit in the mornings EVER AGAIN!

This is the cure for people saying " I am not a morning person ". This easy..

[–]RedPillAlphaBigCock0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

SLEEP

Please tell me about your sleep sir.

Also Eat well and meditate - Listen to ekkart tolle the power of now - When I get super present the shit mindset fades away.

Then I SLEEP GOOD AGAIN

SLEEP

[–]EtemAll0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Caffeine, vape life, do something improving that I don't have to do like get my brows done, haircut, car wash, rearrange my room somehow, organize my phone apps and notifications, work on my social media profile. just something where it feels like something has changed for the better.

[–]monsteroh0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

All you need is discipline. Check out Jocko Willink

[–]WarlaxZ0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Sleep more, your just tired and not getting in the proper hours

[–]asromeburns0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Lift weights and listen to hard rock music.

[–]nuufo0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I have a lot of my positive thoughts written down. Like bulletproofing for those days when life hits extra hard.

Then I take up my notes. Read through em = feel like a king. Understanding my path, my mission.

These notes get me to stop identifying with the emotions and my mood turns back to calm, collected and understandable for the situation.

Example: "Its just a bad day not a bad life. "

[–]8380atgmaildotcom0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Have ridiculously easy tasks. I don't want to clean so I clean for 1 minute. I dont want to read so I'll read one page.

Better than zero

[–]sadshark0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I call these days "just one of those days". They come, they go, and before you know it you're back to feeling great again.

BUT, you must not let this day defeat you. Dont ever let it stop you from the things that you're supposed to do that day. Yeah, it will suck, you wont want to do it, but you have to be comfortable in the uncomfortable then your brain learns a very valuable lesson: wheneevr the next shitty day comes, you know you can beat it which makes it less shitty.

Also, I found that on these days I manage to pump the most iron at the gym. Because I'm too much in my head I forget the physical pain and exhausrion from lifting, so I takr advantage of it and push harder which in turn makes me feel a little bit better.

Meditate. I'm not going to go in detail here, there are thousands of resources on this, but 20 minutes every single day, no excuses, will change your life.

Patience. Even if in that moment it feels like things wont pickup... they always do..ALWAYS. So, just be patient, ride it out, do the things that you dont wanna do and maybe tomorrow or the day after tomorrow you will feel great again.

[–]Atheist_Utopia0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I never get these days anymore. The trick is to find enjoyment in what would be considered 'boring'. Intrinsic motivation as they call it.

[–]antichrist_redpill0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Be a men and bear your suffering with dignity and stick to your routine, because what else can you do? (excluding times when something really shitty happens, then its ok to be sad and down for a few days)

[–]Sin-Silver0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Discipline and routine. I go to bed the bight before on the dot, I wake up on the dot. I go to work, I stop and plan what I am doing that day, then limit all outside influences until I finish at 5:30. I then go home, eat, and either run, go tho the gym, go to an evening class, or take the evening off and relax. Rinse and repeat until you dog yourself out

[–]Matthias_Foley350 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Estabish a routine. Make good habits. Stay busy.

[–]boy_named_su0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

For me, the thing that helps best is to start walking in the daylight, and eating healthy at home. Hit the sack early and try again tomorrow

For working out, beet juice, citrulline, beta-alanine, and a pot of coffee gets me motivated

[–]BurnieSlander0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Build something out of wood! Anything- a box, a shitty chair, an award plaque that you give to your future self for most improved person of 2019. A man’s connection between his mind and his hands is a sacred thing.

[–]sadshark1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I wish this was higher. We, as men, NEED to build shit with our hands. Dig a hole, break a rock, build a piece of furniture, whatever.

[–]masterpiece000 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

Masturbate once or twice, usually clears the head and lets you not take things so seriously.

[–]DerpJungler1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

I don't agree with this. Masturbating usually has the opposite effect on me so i try minimizing it during intense studying/working periods.

Is there any evidence to support your statement? Genuinely curious.

[–]masterpiece00-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah the power of orgasm from masturbating.

[–]maxofreddit-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

50 burpees, as fast as possible.

It sucks, but it’s like taking a pill... I always feel better after.

[–]tunit50-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Just push through it workout angry and get lots of sleep. Had one recently and that's how I got passed it.

[–]ReformSociety-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Sniff essential peppermint oil.

It will jolt life into your senses and is the boost of energy you are seeking.

[–]bestsparkyalive-2 points-1 points  (0 children) | Copy

Gym.... what else is there lol



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