The 4 Step Plan to Beat a Funk

by Ali Piazza

Some people love autumn…the colours, the crispness in the air, the food :) I personally have a love/hate thing with the season. I like the fashion, the coziness and the beauty. But winter is around the corner and I always tend to get in to what I call the ‘fall funk”.  The fall funk just makes me feel blah. It forces to me to take many deep breaths because I find my patience runs thin. I’m beyond exhausted at the end of the day and I just want to STUFF my face…and when I do I always regret it because I don’t need the excess calories and it always gives me indigestion.

A funk can really derail any attempts to create or maintain healthy habits.

I believe there’s three main reasons for my annual funk.

  1. School has started and therefore there is a sudden excess amount of stress which completely drains me.
  2. The change in season sends my body into mass consumption mode in order to prepare for the upcoming winter aka: mass famine.
  3. There’s a genetic predisposition in my family for depression – so my serotonin depletes easily.

So I’m fighting against stress, instinct and genetic brain chemistry…that’s a good battle!

If you find yourself battling the same things, read on cause I got an action plan…

The 4-Step Action Plan

Since all our actions and emotions start in the brain….let’s start there. I’ve taken antidepressants in the past but was able to wean myself off because of exercise. Unfortunately, due to my accident I cannot exercise as intensely or as frequently as I’d like so I’m going to have to resort to other methods.

I can go back to the meds…I have a whole bottle of Celexa on my counter. Or I can try St. John’s Wort.  But my funk is not severe and I’d like to see if I can change my brain chemistry with food, vitamins and minerals and exercise. So I did some research, here’s what I found:

1) The Supplements:

Amino Acids – specifically something called 5-hydroxytryptophan or 5-htp. This supposedly helps build the neurotransmitters in the brain. But these alone cannot do it. You need some extra vitamins

B vitamins – These vitamins are needed to help the above amino acids build the neurotransmitters.

Omega – 3 Fatty acids – This helps build the receptors needed to receive the neurotransmitters.

Chromium – If your funk causes you to over eat and over sleep, this mineral supposedly helps. So, I’m going to try it.

2) The Food:

Start green juicing it. It looks pretty gross to me but I’ve only heard good things. I’m going to try drinking one after work in hopes that it will give me a much needed, natural boost of energy. There are so many recipies out there that I’m going to do some searching before I decide.

Plan and prep your meals so you eat a well balanced diet full of nutrients and you don’t resort to quick fixes from fast food. Studies have shown that fast food can increase depression.

3) The Body:

Move your body. I’m planning on continuing to exercise first thing in the morning and take a rest day if my back needs a break. Of course, you should exercise whenever the time is best for you. I’m also going to start doing a simple evening yoga routine to help combat the stress from the day and just force my brain to slow down.

4) The Fun:

This is important! What fun do you plan on having? I plan on having a girls night out dancing sometime in the near future. Doing some fun, fall family activities. I’m looking forward to starting some awesome art projects with my class. I’m hoping my boyfriend can take me out on a date soon. I should do a little shopping for some lovely fall fashion. And of course, I’m continuing with my flamenco lessons – ole!

Beat the Funk with Me!!

When you’re in a funk, it’s really hard to get in the proper mind frame needed to change healthy habits. Join me in taking action. Either leave a comment below or send me a message and we can do it together :)

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