I had a rough week last week. It all started last Sunday when my daughter fell out of the shopping cart on my watch, sending me into a frenzy of mommy guilt, then the week proceeded with a few more annoyances, a set back, a fever and vomiting, a missed day off school (and there for work) and a few more little things (especially as I write them out) that left me feeling anxious, deflated and discouraged.
We all have those weeks, right?
Below are a few tips, all used by me, and a few proven by science, to help you break out of your next funk.
I always feel better after a good cry. And researchers have backed this up with science. Scientists have actually broken down the chemical make-up of different types of tears. When you cut an onion or get dust in your eye, your tears are mostly water. When you cry emotional tears, they are filled with all sorts of different chemicals including a hormone that indicates high stress levels and endorphins known to decrease pain and boost moods. So ‘having a good cry’ may actually help you feel better but helping you get rid of built up toxins and trigger the release of feel good chemicals.
Look at Pictures
This was advice in a great article i read on simple ways to boost your mood. It is now part of my regular reptorie. If I’m feeling down or frustrated flipping through the photos of my kids always brings a smile to my face.
Write Down Why You’re Grateful
It’s such a quick exercise and it always puts things in perspective. Or better yet, tell someone you are grateful for them or that you love them. Hug your child or send an I love you text to your partner and you’ll boost two moods!
Pick the Right Support Person (for that moment)
Sometimes you just need to talk it out. You’ll get more support (and sympathy) from a friend in a similar situation to you. If your cranky toddler has you confused, a fellow cranky toddler mom will be able to relate. A business friend or a coworker will get why a work project has your stressed. Usually, when you’re smack in the middle of a rough time, you don’t need tough love or to be scolded. Yes, you realize someone else has it worse than you, but right now you want to wallow. Find that person who’ll let you with no judgement.
Do Your Healthy Thing
Does sweating it out in a kickboxing class boost your mood? Get in there. Meditate for 5 minutes help? Then meditate. Fresh Air? Get some! For me, it’s a short, sweet yoga practice. I always feel better after a downward dog!
Know That it Will Pass
Sometimes just acknowledging that I’m having a rough time is enough to also remind me that it will pass. If I can pinpoint why I’m feeling frazzled it helps me see an end to it as well. If I’m feeling anxiety around my daughter being sick, but I know in a few days she’ll be better and I’ll feel better too.
What are your tricks for overcoming a bad day? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below! And remember, whatever you are going through, you are not alone.