You know those days, the ones where you just don’t have that normal spring in your step, the ones where you roll your eyes more than normal, and the ones where your tolerance for life is low. When these days happen many times there isn’t a particular reason for feeling down or low. We all have them. For a long time I just chalked those days up to be “one of those days” and I would tell myself “everyone has them” but I’ve learned that “those days” don’t have to stay and I have the ability to make any moment great if I just change that attitude and perspective. How do we do that though? When I find myself in those places, I’m ALL there, you know what I’m saying? Like, I’m committed and my attitude will stay crappy for the day because I feel like it (insert visual of three-year-old having a tantrum here). And, let's be honest, no normal adult has time for self-induced tantrums so, I’m here to let you know that it is possible to turn a bad day into a great day and I want to share my inside secrets on how I do that.
1. Make a gratitude list.
This is the first thing I do when I feel that little “bad attitude for no reason” monster trying to crawl on my back. I Get out a pen and paper and make a list of ten things I'm grateful for. I don’t write a note in your phone but physically get a pen and paper out and write out ten things that I'm grateful for. It can be anything. No thing is too small to go on the list. When my attitude is really bad, I have to start obvious like, "I'm grateful for a place to live. I'm grateful to be alive. I'm grateful for this food I get to eat." What I find is that as soon as I begin to fix my mind on the what I DO have or the people that are in my life or the things that I've got going for me, I feel that heaviness lift and my gratitude list can grow and grow and grow with ease as I get my perspective straightened out. If that doesn’t quite lift that heaviness for you though, move on to number two.
2. Change your environment.
Sometimes I get in a funk simply because I’ve been sitting for too long, or working in the same space for too many days in a row, or because I haven’t gotten fresh air. Changing up your environment will help you shake stagnancy off and inspire you to move forward in whatever you need to accomplish. Sometimes for me that means putting down whatever I’m working on (or trying to muster up the willpower to work on) and take a walk around my neighborhood for 20 minutes. I get home and I’m ready to tackle what I need to simply because I got some fresh air and put myself in a new environment.
3. Get active.
This one is pretty simple. Get moving! When I’m sitting for too long or go days in a row without being active in some form or fashion, you can bet a funk might be on the horizon. We all know there are bajillions of physical health benefits to being active but I think the most underrated one is how much it does for your psyche and emotional health.
Next time you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed or just can’t shake those blues, try out these tricks-of-the-trade and let me know if they pull you right out of that slump! What practices are your go-tos for those tough days? Tell me below-I love to hear from you!
Till next time,