Feeling listless, stressed, in a funk? Snap out of it!
I have been in the field of fundraising for a long time. And, I know that sometimes (maybe a lot of occasions), development work can be hard and draining, and sometimes you end up in a funk. Well, here are some great ways that YOU can get yourself out of that funk, and go on serving your donors and your organization.
So, there are hormones that contribute to our moods; you know things like endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, testosterone, etc. that regulate how you feel to get you up and running, we need to stimulate those hormones that will make you feel good.
Here are some ways that you can jumpstart that process during your day:
Pull out some old photos and take a walk down memory lane. Remember those times you felt on top of the world? Get those pictures out. Take a look at them on your break time.
Journal your proudest fundraising moment or the time when you got the most done. How did you feel? What was that experience? Why did you feel the way that you felt at the time?
Create a bucket list, and then take some action steps towards that bucket list. Why not create a summer bucket list and go out and do it. Just thinking about creating a bucket list and getting started, makes you feel good. That hope of getting started on a bucket list alone gets your motor running.
Get into a “power pose” you know the Superwoman, Rocky kind of pose. Stretch out your hands like you are crossing a marathon finish line. Do that for two minutes, and you will feel revved and ready to go.
Call someone or think of a person who makes you laugh or gives you good advice. Who is your “go-to” person that makes you feel connected? Give them a call!
Get your body moving, biking, walking, kayaking, running, dancing to your favorite song, etc. Get your heart going and get those endorphins going. You will immediately feel good.
Development work can be hard. And, sometimes, let’s face it, we don’t always feel up to par and on top of the word. I know, I have been there. Trust me; I have been there. So when the down times “hit!’ Take these quick and easy steps on your break or lunch time, and immediately trigger the chemical reactions in your brain that will start to turn the funk tide.
What are some ways that you get your fundraising motor running when you feel as if you are running on empty?