Today’s post is brought to you by my insecurities and post new hire/fired funk. So I got a new job, a 9-5, real clothes, put on your big girl panties job. And it didn’t work out. At first, I thought I was OK, and for lots of reasons, I am, but a few days after waking up late in the morning (OK, late for me) I started to feel a little off. I questioned my integrity, my work ethic and myself in general. Overall, a bad funky mood settled over my world, and I was desperate to get out of it.We all wake up feeling cranky or depressed for no apparent reason, and we question our sanity as well as what is going on in our lives at the moment. Sometimes, our mood spreads to others, and that negative vibe is just a big downer all around. This in and of itself is a compelling reason to try on a positive attitude, otherwise, we might ruin a perfectly great day. I reached into my magic hat (no bunnies folks, just coffee) and grabbed a handful of coping techniques to help me when I feel “off.” I hope they help you in your time of need, and as always, if you have your own “mood busters,” feel free to share in the comments at the end of this post.
- Take Care of YOU! I know that when I haven’t been taking care of myself, I get cranky. I start to resent everything that I do for others, even when normally I adore spending time with my amazing kids and kooky pets. This is a downward spiral for me because when I feel crappy, I eat. Badly. I am an emotional eater, and I prefer in my less level headed moments to eat chocolate, cookies, etc. So I have to force myself to do for ME to snap out of my funk. Thank you Cassey Ho for the inspiring blog and emails reminding me to eat clean, work out and sleep, I need you in my life. FYI, did you all know that the endorphins our bodies release during a sweat session (any activity peeps) are effective anti-depressants? And, best of all, all natural and free!
- Grab a friend for a Gab Session. Sometimes you just need a GNO. I know sometimes I feel like I’m in a funky mood, and when I get together with the girls, we can pinpoint what’s nagging me. Often, just knowing what is making me crazy is enough to put my mind at ease and to put the situation into a more positive perspective.
- Journal. My journal is my best friend, and I trust her completely. She listens without judging as I pen my worries and thoughts into her pages, and looking back at those words, I can process what’s going on in my world. It is the one place where I can be 100% honest about everything, and so I purge, often. It keeps me sane and calm and focused on what’s important. After a good journaling session, I find I have some good problem-solving ideas, and that helps me with whatever challenge I am facing. Seeing your thoughts in black and white (OK, purple ink for me) is one of the best ways to shift perspective and feel more energetic and content.
- Playtime. Perhaps you need a tech detox. I know I say this a lot, but I feel it’s important to disconnect to reconnect. When your social feeds are hitting you with beautiful people in new outfits, out on vacation or having fun clubbing or even just hanging at a friend’s house, you can feel alone, and that negative, down funky feeling comes along. It’s normal. But you can beat it at its own game…unplug. Put away the phone, tablet, and computer and do something for you – something that feeds your soul and makes you happy. (I’ll be at Ilene’s with a glass of wine, some gabby gals, and Yahtzee)
Next time you’re feeling blue, change your shirt. OK, seriously peeps – get out there and do something that calls to your inner soul, that makes you feel good. Call a friend, get some exercise, clean the house – just make time to get your groove back. You’ll feel better in no time. And if you’re short on those girlfriends, we’ve always got room for one more!
Stay motivated and caffeinated!😉☕