Do you ever read people’s blogs and websites and think “They are so perfect, they are so healthy and eat right and have everything under control, how come I’m not like that?” I do that sometimes even though I know it can’t possibly be true. EVERYONE has bad days no matter who they are or what they do for a living. I had one today.
A bad day can start out good. It can be so sneaky that you never see it coming. It can surprise you like a summer thunderstorm that creeps out of a sunny blue sky and pelts you with hard hot rain. It may be a co-worker’s comment, a traffic jam, a missed appointment, harsh words with a loved one, or anything that just sets your mood into a funk state. When I find this mood has planted itself firmly in my belly, my head, and my heart and it isn’t going to budge for a good bit, here is what I try to do:
1. I move. I work out hard. I try to sweat as much as possible and get the endorphins kicking in. This is a natural mood enhancer and it always works for me. I leave the gym feeling lighter no matter what is going on.
2. I spend time around my dogs. Their energy and love is contagious and watching them nap or chase flies reminds me that nothing should be taken too seriously.
3. I feed myself well. That means I stay away from junk food or grabbing something sweet just because I’m blue or pissed off. I try to eat super nutritious foods and make some fresh juice for a shot of instant vitamins and nutrients.
4. I light a special candle. The ones I keep saved because they were so expensive and smell so good, which is a terrible habit I am going to give up!
5. I go to my yoga mat and let my body do whatever it needs or nothing at all. Sometimes it’s a forward fold, sometimes it’s a supine spinal twist, sometimes it’s a hip-opener. We store a lot of emotions in our hips. Just being on the mat automatically grounds me and reminds me of who I am.
6. I take long baths. I let everything soak off of me and rinse down the drain. I also sometimes dry brush my body before getting into the water to literally slough off the day.
7. Finally, I rest. I sleep it off after listening to some meditations or some relaxing music knowing that tomorrow everything will be different, fresh, and new.
Don’t freak out over bad days. We are human. It is part of our reason for being here. Showing ourselves extra love on these days can be challenging, but it’s what is most needed. Learn to comfort yourself in ways that you find work for you. I would love to hear your ideas in the comments section!