Some years ago I learned a fun exercise geared toward helping novice improv performers “shake off the day” and get into a good mindset to begin improv class. My teacher, Tara, stated that this exercise was also good for moments when you weren’t feeling so great.

It’s physical, you have to stand up. It starts with something easy, then adds in a bit more complex part that kinda kick-starts your brain. But it’s really simple, easy, and silly.

I’ve used this over the years for when I’m a little anxious and want to refocus, or to generally bust out of a low energy or low motivation time. Or when I’m just overwhelmed. When I’m in a funk. Hence I’m calling it “The Funkbuster”.

Tara never named this, so I’m taking a liberty here. Thanks for teaching me this Tara. I hope you don’t mind The Funkbuster name, but it’s better than “the crazy arm thing Tara taught me” which I was calling this in my head.