|My sister made this for me, it makes me smile|
This week, I met someone who lectured me for a half hour. The topic had nothing to do with me, rather her fears and that I should be fearful too. I don't want to go into details but it left me with a depressed feeling that typically sticks with me for a few days, sometime weeks. As some of you know, I was participating in the free e-course given by procrastination coach. There was great energy in that group so I brought my issue to them and asked for advice on how to shake this bad juju. I was amazed by the great advice and by the end of the day I was in good spirits again. I thought I'd share the advice here. Disclaimer: Keep in mind, this is just advice from your average joe schmo, I'm not a professional. I'm just passing on what has worked for me and others.
- Run - It was the first advice given to me and that's exactly what I did. It was a sunny day too which I think helps the mood.
- When you are in work, find a private place to meditate a bit then go to the gym at night to work it off
- Change your body posture - and was given this great youtube video, I highly suggest because I find it works.
- A walk in nature - when I went for my run, I was thinking this and went for a run in the park. I interval run so I run a bit and walk a bit. I find nature to be non-judgemental and un-demanding.
- Get your brain to work on it - ask yourself, "What can I do right now to make myself feel better?" And the great and glorious brain that we have will go to work on it.
- Call a friend
- Brain Gym - this was a new one for me. I've used it to help DD with her left and rights when she was little but never used it as a way to put myself in a better mood. I'll say this, you get so focused on the exercises you forget what was bothering you.
- Yoga - I agree. It has helped me in the past and I need to get back to it. I found a free monthly class through meetup.com. Check it out, you never know what you might find.
- Gratitude List - list what makes you grateful.
- Ask for Help
Other ideas for fighting the blues: gardening, getting that sunshine, standing on your head (if you can't do this try hanging off the side of your bed, being inverted for a couple of minutes has helped me hold back the blues), spending some time with pets, watching fish, healthy eating.
In the end, it was a beautiful day, with the sun shining brightly. I ran and walked in the park. I listened to music for a bit then turned it off and asked myself why I was upset. I didn't want to suppress the feelings but rather understand why I had them without dwelling on them. When I realized this was about her fears and not mine, I was able to let it go. By the time, I got home, that nagging feeling was gone and my good jujus were back.