I think we can agree that we’ve all had a day – or a week – where we can’t seem to shake the funk, yes?
Sure…sometimes there’s nothing we have to do about it – other than to simply BE with whatever arises. That said, if you had a tool to shake the disempowering context, wouldn’t you want it?
One approach I use to shift out of a funk is something I like to call “Getting Off the Line”, which is inspired by a military strategy generals use to identify battle fatigue among their soldiers. Most importantly, they use this strategy to care for their teams and avoid breakdowns and inefficiencies during live missions.
Historically, military generals would position themselves on a hilltop or perch to be able to safely observe the battle lines as campaigns unfolded in real-time. In certain instances, they would send instructions to their on-site platoon leaders to pull certain soldiers away from the front lines, especially in cases where soldiers began displaying tunnel vision and ineffective decision making.
Similarly, in the professional coaching field, having a mindful performance coach can be extremely effective in helping us recognize when we’re experiencing the signs & symptoms of fatigue, or when we’re operating through an unconscious, disempowering context. Your coaches may even serve to pull you “off the line” of whatever it is your dealing with.
And, since a performance coach cannot be with us at all times, it’s essential that we become as sensitive as possible to the responses within our bodies – especially when we start to feel out of harmony with our natural mental or physiological state.
I’ve witnessed this time and time again with coaching clients. Whether they’re experiencing sleeplessness, the early signs of a scratchy throat, dips in energy, or unceasing levels of bodily tension, they often KNOW what there is to do (i.e. exercise, move, eat well, and take time off).
Here are some examples of what I mean by “Getting Off the Line”:
- Schedule movement sessions in your calendar (and put your clothes in your car the night prior).
- Go on an extended yoga & meditation retreat.
- Get a massage or pedicure.
- Read and/or or have a nap in the park.
- Schedule “tech-free” time where you’re completely free from your phone and laptop.
- Schedule a coffee or tea date with friends.
- Get acupuncture or a reflexology session.
- Take a “mental health” day…for no reason other than to have a day for yourself.
The main challenge for us is that we KNOW what we “should” or “shouldn’t” be doing to institute our own self-care and wellbeing. Yet, we often don’t DO what would make the difference in the moment. So, one of my biggest suggestions is to consistently schedule these activities as preventative, pre-habilitative measures well before you might actually need them.