Hello SOTGC community,
I was talking to SOTGC Founder, Marney Reid, last month about potential blog topics and what makes a great blog. She reminded me that the blogs that often resonate the most with our readers are those where the authors really bare their soul.
With that in mind, I will admit that I haven’t felt like my usual cheerful self this past week. I’ve been depressed and stressed out. I usually do my best to hide these feelings from the world until they pass. After all, who wants to be around someone that is “down in the dumps.” But I realized that we all have periods in our life that are better than others, and we all go through ups and downs – it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I also realized that the things that are most cathartic can be hard to act on. So in this blog, I will share what helps me go from feeling blue to feeling brand new.
1. Celebrate the small victories. I ate healthy today; I exercised today; I dropped the kids off and picked them up from school on time etc. …. These are all things that deserve the proverbial “pat on the back.” It also helps your psyche by acknowledging your accomplishments however small they may seem.
2. Stay active in your community. When we are having a bad day or a bad week, it can be very tempting to retreat and hide from the world. While some alone time may be good, most women benefit from social interaction and connection with others. Call a friend, attend a social event, or just get out and be around people. You might be surprised how much this will improve your mood.
3. If you decide that alone time is really what you need, find a location outside of your home or work where you feel at peace. This could be the beach, a park, your church etc. .… I like walking on the beach. The ocean has a calming effect for me.
4. Help others. Last year near the holidays I was having a terrible day and was extremely annoyed that the line at the post office was moving slower than usual because the credit card machine was down. The elderly lady behind me did not have cash with her so I offered to pay for her transaction. She was so touched and overwhelmed by the little bit of kindness that was shown to her. Ironically, this simple act changed my mood immediately. Suddenly the things that were bothering me weren’t so important, and I was very content knowing that I was able to help someone.
5. My mom always says “this too shall pass.” And she’s right! We all encounter obstacles, hardships, and difficulties that can leave us feeling blue, but it is comforting to know that these feelings will soon pass and we’ll be as good as new.
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