Every once and awhile I get into little funks. Do you every feel like your mood is having a rainy day? Every little miscalculated plan or small annoying detail that does not go accordingly grows that little rain cloud over your head. Pretty soon not only your cat, dog and boyfriend are driving you nuts, but now your job, your career path, your house everything is being washed down the gutter. You no longer agree that life is easy and your pity party clouds your vision. Not too often, but multiple times, I find myself feeling this way. If you haven’t experienced this read no further because you will not be able to relate. If you know how it feels to be chased by a rain storm of life join me as I walk through a few tips I have found along the way.
- Spend time in the Sun– I remember when my roommate first realized that when the sun is out in Chicago it DOES NOT mean it is WARM out. She glanced out the window and decided on shorts and a t-shirt based purely on how the sky looked. If you live in the midwest, not California like my roommate, you will know the sun being out does not mean it is warm outside. Welcome to the midwest. This being said, the sun still can brighten your mood. If you are not experiencing enough light this could be the reason to your sad-rain-cloud-moment. Take a walk outside, face lamps can be bought online and even tanning could help with a lack of vitamin D.
- Cut out sugars– Sugars give you a temporary high and an all time low. When I was growing up I would throw a fit about something small and my mom would always blame it on the sugar. I still think of that when I have an adult fit about life. Some quick fixes are drinkng less pop and replace it with seltzer water. Take out sugar in your coffee and train your taste buds to love dark chocolate. Dark chocolate actually balances moods instead of giving you a temporary mood boost.
- Accomplish Something– Sometimes there are situations in my life that I cannot control and that is frustrating. Yes, there are things in your life that you cannot control, as much as you do not like to hear it. This always puts me in a bad mood. I don’t like feeling out of control. One way I let go of this bad mood is through accomplishing something on my to-do list that I can control. Today it’s writing this blog.
- Take a nap– Anything longer than 20 minutes restarts your sleeping patterns. Take a 20 minute nap and feel refreshed. Another awesome tip is to drink coffee before your nap. Your caffeine hype will take place after the 20 minute nap leaving you refreshed and energized.
- Ask for a hug– I love this one. Sometimes I just need a hug from a friend. MindBodyGreen says we need around 8 hugs a day.
The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
- Get Dressed Up– I started doing this in high school. I would dress up for no reason on a day of the week. I felt better, was focussed and motivated. When I was in college during a test day or just a stressful day I would get dressed up. I fought the blues or procrastination by doing something that would help me avoid a funk. This may take some “self pushing” but I promise you will feel better about your day.
- Drive Slower than Normal– I am taking this tip from a friend of mine. The week before her wedding she told me she loves driving slow. When I asked why, she told me that she loves having the control of the speed and no one can tell her to hurry up. She felt like she had all the time in the word when she consciously drove slower. Driving slower can help uyou think clearly, slow down and release stress.
- Buy a Pair of Shoes– Ok, this one is a freebee. Its my secret to turning a bad day into a good one…. don’t tell anyone!
- Create– We were wired to create. If that’s a poem, music, a drawing, a video game, a speech, a car…. all of it is creating or making something. I love to edit videos and paint with acrylics. What do you do to get your creative juices going? This will give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Get out there and create!
- Talk to Someone Face to Face– I had the best job a year ago. I was a life guard on a roof top pool that was not used often. It was used once and awhile. I got to sit outside, get a tan and read a book. However, at the end of the day I would feel exhausted. I concluded that it was because, although I would talk to people on the phone, I would not be face to face with a person for maybe 6 hours at the most. I came to the conclusion that we need face to face contact to boost our emotions. We need each other.
Hey thanks for reading! I hope these tips were helpful! Turn this day into a great one! Have a full color life!
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