The Cloud Covered Blues
Do you ever get those days where you just feel a little down? I do, especially during the winter months when the sun becomes scarce and the clouds become abundant. Today was one of those days, even though winter is my favorite season. I wonder if this feeling was compounded by the fact that it was Friday and I was very ready for the weekend to be here. Topped by the fact, that I had a few meetings at work that didn’t feel very productive. I wish I could say that every day I wake up and I’m all smiles until the moment I go to bed, but that just isn’t my life. In general, I try to remain a positive person and think about the good things when things are a bit gloomy, but even I am not immune to bad moods.
Is there a way to circumvent these days from happening? I don’t think so because you can’t control everything and you do not know how situations will impact you emotionally. However, I do think there are steps to take in recognizing when we feel this way and to try and change the mood. On days like today, I feel like nothing can go right, everything I try to accomplish fails, and no one is very nice. Or is that just how I’m perceiving the situation? When I start to think like this, I quickly realize that the problem isn’t necessarily everything else, but simply the way I’m looking at my day. My go to fix? Dancing. It may sound crazy, but it is amazing how a few minutes of unbridled dancing can just lift my mood. After a few minutes of blasting some Kesha music and hopping around with my crazy, uncontrolled, definitely not coordinated dance moves, that I find myself smiling. Once the smile occurs, then I will pause, wipe the sweat off my face (apparently jumping around makes me sweat), and re-evaluate my day. I will try and think about the following questions:
- Did I wake up feeling bad?
o Did I wake up sore or stiff?
o Was I able to sleep or did I wake up throughout the night?
o Did I wake up feeling sick (especially since so many people are out sick from work)?
o Did I have weird dreams?
- Did I have an disagreement with my husband recently?
- Did I remember to eat breakfast and was it actually filling?
- Did I remember to pack a lunch?
- Did I hit traffic on the way to work?
- Did I have a ton of e-mail when I logged into my computer?
- Did my day go according to schedule?
Many times, I find that it is one of the answers to these questions that is causing my mood. However, there are days, like today, where none of these questions are applicable and I’m just feeling a little blue. The reality is that we all experience days like that, we just need to pay attention to our bodies and if we find there are more bad days than good than we may need to reach out for help. Asking for help is nothing to ever be ashamed of and if someone makes you feel that way, then they should not be in your life. Never forget that you are a person of value. You matter! You may never be famous, but to someone out there you mean everything. Never be afraid to smile. Never feel like you’re not good enough. Never let anyone make you feel small. Most importantly, never make yourself feel unimportant. There is enough negativity in the world already, don’t add to it by putting yourself down. Take a moment tonight after you’ve brushed your teeth and washed you face. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself (either out loud or in your head), “I’m perfect, just as I am and no one has the right to say otherwise”.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and try to fight off those winter blues!
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