Our third installment in our series on well-being will help show you how to be in a good mood more often. Kim from Adventures in Blogging shares 5 ways to go from blah to bliss!
Do you ever have one of those days? A day when you’re unhappy for no specific reason? A day when you get annoyed easily, maybe cry easily; a day when you feel like the world is against you?
I used to have those days. I don’t anymore. Every day of my life is pretty amazing. Sorry to be cliché, but life is too short to waste a moment of it having a pity party; even if it’s well deserved. Plus, how many of us truly have the time or space to have that much deserved meltdown?
I’m not happy all day every day, but I am happy every day.
When you’re in a blah mood that you can’t seem to shake, try one of these tricks that work for me…
Count Your Blessings
Whenever my mood is a little dark, I take out a piece of paper and make a list of my blessings or I rattle them off as I’m driving down the road.
You can be practical: “Running water.”
You can be relieved: “No doggy ‘accidents’ in the house for a year.”
You can be silly: “I have never gone to Maury Povich for a paternity test.”
You can be deep: “My faith.”
You can be proud: “I still get carded.”
Just keep writing and before you know it, you’ll feel up the page and your spirit will be lifted.
In the spring, I go for a run or bike ride. Plugged into my iPod, it doesn’t take long for whatever I thought was so crucial to be forgotten or to become trivial. If the weather isn’t cooperating, then I pop in a Kick Boxing Workout DVD. I haven’t managed to hold on to anger and keep up with all the moves. When I’m finished – I feel fantastic, because now I can have a cookie.
Recall a Happy Moment
The one moment that will always snap me out of a mental tantrum is how excited our dogs get when I come home. I’m a Fur Mom and I love the image of our dogs wiggling in excitement when they see me. They’re almost 2 years old now, but they’ve done the same routine since they were 8 weeks old. I keep this memory in my front pocket; it’s like a good luck charm.
Treat Yourself: My “treat” list includes Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s of course), my beloved tank tops from Old Navy, a pair of shoes from Nine West, or fish & chips (preferably catfish).
And when I really want to treat myself, I take myself on a date; there’s something empowering about going to the movies solo.
Remember, It’s Not About You
My dad taught me to remember that when someone is nasty to me, it’s either about them or about some thing from their past. It’s not about me. It’s not always easy, but I try to remind myself that I don’t have the full picture and this nasty person’s world may be falling apart.
A dog trainer told me that the littermate puppies we adopted would end up at a shelter in line to be euthanized. Shocking, right? When I finally received an apology, she shared some of her background and the treatment some dogs received at the hands of their families. She’s terrified whenever people adopt dogs.
By the way, our dogs will be two in March and inspired my new blog, Keep the Tail Wagging.
I love the Sex in The City Movie (the first one) and there was one exchange that perfectly explains how I feel about my life…
Samantha Jones: Relationships aren’t just about being happy. I mean, how often are you happy in your relationship?
Charlotte York: Every day.
Samantha Jones: Every day?
Charlotte York: Well, not all day every day but yes, every day.
There are days that just suck and even if we do indulge in a meltdown, the problems will still be there when we come to our senses. These little tricks help me get past the BS life tosses at me so that I can smell the flowers.
Wow, that was cheesy!
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About the Author:
Kimberly Gauthier is a prolific blogger who has rediscovered her love of writing and photography and is now the author of Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Adventures in Blogging, andKeep the Tail Wagging. She’s excited to share what she’s learned about growing a successful blog at the 2012 Las Vegas Bloggy Boot Camp.
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