Yesterday was one of those days. You know, the ones where nothing seems to go well. I had unexpected debt find me, my phone shattered, mommy issues, I was crampy, hot and tired, we drove all over God’s green Earth for nothing, work wouldn’t stop, and I couldn’t get out of my funk.
On days like that, where it feels like the world is throwing every curveball at me and I can’t catch a break, I have my favorite methods of dealing. Next time this happens to you, try some of these – or all of them! – and be ready to get over it faster than ever.
1. Eat your favorite food. Here is where I tell you not to eat your feelings. JK. I see nothing wrong with indulging in your favorites when you’re feeling down. (exceptions: if you decide that every other day you ‘feel down’ and deserve and entire bag of Starburst jelly beans, or if you know that indulging will actually make you feel even worse.) Yesterday I ate a huge Chipotle burrito bowl for lunch and then my fave pizza place for dinner for pizza and garlic knots (and the left overs of the Mechanic’s pizza. No judging!)
2. Get away. Get our of your house, or office or whatever. You need to. If you don’t take any of this advice, at least do this and GET OUT. Yesterday after walking the dog with the Mechanic on such a beautiful day, I felt worlds better. Even if a walk isn’t an option, sit outside a read a book, go to your favorite coffee shop, or take a trip to Target. just. get. out.
3. Watch something good. Your favorite movie, binge on a good (or stupid, both work for me.) TV show.. all can turn your day around easy. Bonus points if they’re linked to happier memories for you.
4. Take a nap. Turn your brain off. Taking a nap always feels good to me because it gives me a whole hour (or more!) of not thinking about my poop day. The only way I can effectively turn my brain off on a bad day is by napping. If you know of another way to turn your brain off, please let me know.
5. Pet your animals. Both Molly and Cooper always seem to know when I’m down and act accordingly. Yesterday while I attempted #4, both laid in bed with my and snoozed, a rare moment when the two of them always seem to rile the one another up.
6. Look at old pictures. When I feel down, sometimes looking at the scrapbook I made for my wedding helps. Or pictures from my road trip to Texas, or the silly pictures have of Cooper and Molly as babies.
7. Blast some jams. You know that feeling you get when it’s a sunny day, and you put on your favorite play list of songs you love as you’re driving home from work? Recreate it by turning that playlist up as loud as can be and zoning.
8. Do something not on your ‘to-do’ list. Most of the time, this is where all of my stress comes from. I have this looonngg list of things I SHOULD be doing, things I NEED to do. Often, doing something that is just for me and not on that list is so liberating that it can turn it all around.
9. Make something. When I make something I always feel accomplished Go on Pinterest and find a good DIY that you’ve been eyeing.
10. Remember that tomorrow will here soon enough. And then it will be the next guy’s turn.