I think I'm in a funk.  No, I know I am.  Since getting released from my job in late December, I've been home most of the time.  Quite a bit of that on the computer.  When I was working I thought how great it would be to be a stay at home mom.  It probably would be awesome, except for the fact that I am the bread winner (my son being much to young to send to work).  That's a joke people.  If it wasn't for the constant worry of finding a job, making money and not losing my house, staying home would be almost awesome.  I say almost since I miss, really miss, the interaction of adults.  I'm used to speaking with adults all day long and now I spend most of my time silently in front of a computer.  It has lead to a funk.  I find myself staring off into space really not thinking of anything or just no motivation and not wanting to get off my computer chair.  Not that I'm not doing things.  I've been studying, I've been building stuff, I've been looking for a job, but it doesn't seem as if it's enough.  I'm not depressed, let me get that right out there. When I mean funk, it is that lack of motivation, that ho hum feeling.  It can lead to depression and that is what I am going to nip in the bud right away.

I need defunking.  Today I decided to get out of the house and go someplace.  However, I didn't want to spend any money.  I grabbed my camera, some water, a hat and headed to the Wild Animal Park (Yes, I know it's called the Safari Park now).  I spent the day taking pictures and working on things like lighting and aperture and so on.  I did get to speak with others that had much, much better lenses then I.  We showed each other pictures we had taken, how we shot it, what we had intended and what could have worked better.  It was a glorious day.  Am I defunked though?  Probably not.  I don't think one day is going to work like some miracle drug.  It did give me time to think a bit though and shake out some of the cobwebs.  
Here is what I came up with:

1. Don't let yourself go into a funk in the first place!  How you ask?  Stay motivated, break up the monotony. Don't do the same thing day in and day out.  If you are looking for a job, limit the time you spend at the computer each time.  Get up, go do something, call someone.  Have an interaction.

2.  Get out of the house.  You don't have to spend money to get out.  Take a bag lunch and go for a walk in the park, at the bench or on a local trail.  I would say go to the mall but for me that would be depressing to know that I had no extra money to buy anything!

3.  Keep a journal.  I blog.  It's my outlet, if you don't blog, journal.  Write down your thoughts and feelings. What is troubling you, how can you make it better, what is the real problem.  Try to come up with solutions that work for you.  List out what you need to do and possible ways to make it happen.

4.  I have begun calling back the places that I have sent resumes to.  Is there a problem, could someone speak to me about their interview process etc.  Some of the companies have been very nice about it, others just simply say if you haven't been called then you did not meet the requirements.  That's ok.  I'm looking closer at all the job requirements now and answering it in the cover letter.  I'm not letting myself be too bothered over the fact that a company did not call me in for an interview.  

5.  Give yourself a treat at least once a week.  Go to a coffee shop or go get your favorite ice cream.  Do that little something that gives you a pick me up.  This is another way to break the routine.  If you have a laptop, or any type of device that gets WiFi or G3/4, you can sit at the library or coffee shop and look for a job. Have your resume preloaded on it.  It gets you out of the house and still looking for a job.

6.  Take an adult learner class at a local college.  Many of these are free. Take a free class on line that is fun.  Again, these can be taken on a laptop or tablet so that you can be out of the house.  Check your local paper for free classes.  Even our small town has quite a few each week.  We also have a new art studio that only charges $10 per person for an art class.  I'm already signed up for one.

I'm sure you can see by now there are all kinds of ways to keep out of a funk or defunk yourself!  You have probably come up with more ways then I did on my little stroll today.  If it gets really bad, talk to someone. A friend, a family member, a church member but someone you know who will listen and perhaps give you a little advice.  What ever you do, don't let it go on too long.  

Tomorrow I have a build to do for my son, his click out stand for his iPad broke and I'm going to make him a new one.  It's a quick build so that I can cycle between the garage and the computer but I have also made some time to go meet a friend for coffee in the morning.  Someone to chat with and perhaps shake out a few more cobwebs.  I'll let you know how it goes!

Enjoy life, it's the one you have,
Tammie