We’ve all been there.
I was there yesterday in fact. Had a little headache. Was grumpy at the drivers who cut me off on the way to the grocery store. Frustrated that the pop can return machine was slow [real mature of me, huh?]. A bit overwhelmed with a work project. And to be honest, a little worried about “the future” [because it just seems so vast and confusing sometimes!].
Here’s what seemed to help…
Tell someone (a trusted friend) what’s bumming you out, bringing you down, frustrating you. No use stewing about it in isolation.
Of course this isn’t a free pass to dump negativity on your friends. Simply let them know you’re struggling a bit and could use a listening ear or a hand up. A good friend has a way of sitting with you in the confusion and more than likely has a few tricks for making you feel better.
Shift your focus from what’s leaving you blue to those who need your help.
Take a bouquet of flowers or balloons at the hospital and ask the nurses to give them to a patient who needs them the most. Do a family member’s or neighbor’s chore. Send a card to someone who needs a pick-me-up.
It’s possible that I consumed 1/2 lb of fudge [and pie, cake, ice cream] while camping this past weekend. No wonder I began the week on the wrong foot. After I ate a chai seed cherry yogurt and a fried egg I felt better almost immediately.
Take a look at what you’re eating. I’m pretty sure it can effect your mood. If your snacks or meals contain a lot of junk food — switch it up. Add in some healthy, whole foods.
A google search for ‘mood boosting foods’ will help too.
Is your body feeling the tension of your stormy mood? Time to stretch, breathe deeply, and move around.
Shake your bad day with a big stretch, a walk, or a brisk run.
Sometimes a 15-20 minute nap is just enough to re-set my head and heart. When you wake up, it’s like you have another fresh start.
There’s something about napping that literally puts your worries to rest. Give it a try!
Whatever’s bothering you today — put it out of your mind.
Tell yourself you’re just “thinking crazy” and that you’ll probably feel better in a few hours or after a good nights sleep. I don’t have a scientific reason why this seems to make me feel better, but it does.
Of course this doesn’t work when things are seriously wrong (sick family member, loss of your job, etc.) but it seems to shift the mindset during a tiny bummer of a day.
Surround yourself with words that matter. Words that are true and up-lifting. Written or sung. It’ll give you something to focus on besides the commotion in your mind.
I’m clinging to this: “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands…” Psalms 31: 14-15a
If we haven’t connected yet [or even if we have] now’s the perfect time to tell me what’s on your mind. Send me an e-mail at alysa [at] kitchenfellowship [dot] com — OR leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re facing today.
Image CC via Agustín Ruiz