Sunday, April 12, 2015
Feeling Under The Weather? 8 Things To Do To Feel Better
Feeling sick? Exhausted? Overwhelmed? Depressed? Cranky? We can all feel that way time and again. It's natural to wake up on the wrong side of the bed and just know it's going to be a bad day. The thought of getting through a full day of work or a full day with screaming toddlers can seem like a daunting task on days like this but there are a few things you can do to try and turn your day around.
Okay moms, I am sure I am not the only one who lives day in and day out in sweat pants or yoga pants. When you are feeling a bit under the weather force yourself to get dressed and do your hair and makeup. It might seem tedious at the time but looking good is feeling good and every little bit helps. And for those of you that would need to get dressed anyway for work, put on one of your favorite outfits and really take the time to look your best. You might feel like crap but you certainly don't look like it.
When feeling down it's easy to only think about the bad things going on in your life. Make a conscious effort to focus on the positive. Make a list of ten things for which you are grateful. If you are having a particularly rough time thinking of ten things may seem impossible but it's okay to put things like having a roof over my head, having food on my table or having a great husband on the list. Sometimes we forget to be grateful for the obvious.
Take A Time Out.
Step outside, get some fresh air. Breathe in and out slowly. Relax. Even if you can only steal 5 minutes sometimes that's all it can take to clear your head.
Call A Friend.
Call a friend or family member you haven't spoken to in a while. Ask them about what's going on their life. Keep the focus on them so you are distracted from whatever is currently bothering you. This distraction is good plus it will feel good to know you got to catch up with someone you haven't spoken with in a while.
Make A Strangers Day.
Pay for the person's coffee behind you at Starbucks, pay someone a genuine compliment. A kind gesture and making someone else feel good can make you feel good about yourself. A little kindness goes a long way.
Stay Off Social Media.
Social media is great for many things but it can also be downright annoying. Seeing things people post on there can annoy the hell out of me or make me feel bad about my situation. Do yourself a favor if you are having a day where you feel particularly sensitive skip the social media for the day. Besides you don't want to be one of "those" people everyone rolls their eyes at when you make complaining, "woe is me" statuses all day.
Do Something You Love.
Okay, this may be impossible for some people whether you have a full time job or have children to take care of but if at all possible make the time to do something you love. Even if you can just take a few minutes out to read, watch TV, draw, write, create, you get the idea. Doing our favorite things automatically makes us a little bit happier.
Again. I know we are all busy but workouts really help relieve stress. In the words of Elle Woods: "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't shoot their husbands, they just don't."
I hope these suggestions can help you out in a time of need. And I ask you what would you add to this list? What helps you get through a bad day? xoxo