One day last week I woke up feeling really blah, unmotivated, uninspired.
I’ve learned to accept that some days are more mentally challenging than others.
We live in a time where we’re constantly being stimulated by social media, anything we want is a click away and we’ve come to expect instant gratification.
Plus nowadays everyone (myself included) prefer to share our happier moments. And not to say that there’s anything wrong with sharing our highlights, but no one’s life is perfect every single moment of every single day and it can make us feel like we’re not doing good enough.
Like when I don’t have anything exciting going on, a really inspiring idea or something fun planned for the day, I’ll feel kind of empty inside.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love quiet moments to myself, I appreciate curling up on the sofa with a good book and just having time to get things accomplished. But every once in a while it’s difficult for me to get into the right mindset.
It’s especially challenging following weeks of excitement like my recent travels and getting back home to Connecticut for the summer. It was all so fun and stimulating.
In the past, I’d let bad days consume me. I’d use it as an excuse to be a negative Nancy, take it out on everyone around me, eat too many sweets, gossip, complain, you get the idea. But, distracting myself with all of that crap doesn’t make me feel better, it’s very self-destructive.
So now when I wake up feeling that emptiness inside, I choose to do things differently.
Meditation + spiritual rituals: I contemplated for a while, sat cross-legged on my yoga mat with some of my favorite crystals, burned some palo santo to clear the energy, and meditated.
Even if you’re not into spiritual stuff you can still benefit from a few minutes of mindfulness, go for a quiet walk in nature, do some adult coloring, anything that helps you clear your mind.
The meditation helped, but I still wasn’t ready to take on the day with a smile.
So I did something productive: I like to force myself to do something productive even if I don’t feel like it. I’ll instantly feel better about myself if I’m able to accomplish something, even if it’s small.
I chose to tackle the laundry and while doing so a great idea popped into my head.
Read powerful words: I got the idea to read a chapter from The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein. I’m currently re-reading the book because It had such a powerful impact on me the first time around and I wanted a refresher. I knew in this moment if anyone could help, it was Gabby.
The chapter was about how changing our perception can change our projection and it really spoke to me.
“We are not responsible for what our eyes are seeing, we are responsible for how we perceive what we are seeing.”- Gabby Bernstein
It’s amazing how reading something inspiring, uplifting and wise can have an instant effect on us. If you don’t believe me, try it next time, you’re feeling down. And also remember to bookmark anything that inspires you and look back when needed.
Gratitude journal: I know gratitude journaling is all the rage, but it can be difficult to be grateful for the unhappy things in our lives. Sometimes we’re so disappointed by something, we don’t see the blessing that it offers.
Using Gabby’s wisdom, of changing my perception, I decided to journal reasons to be grateful for the things I was feeling down about.
It’s magic really. You will be amazed at how rewarding this journaling exercise can be. It completely changed my energy for the rest of the day.
And just to top it off…
I treated myself: I made myself my Reishi Matcha Latte. Reishi is an adaptogenic mushroom that’s supposed to support emotional well-being.
I think of it as a reward for getting myself out of the funk.
Your treat can be anything, a refreshing face mask, a bubble bath, blasting your favorite song that puts you in a good mood. Anything that feels rewarding.
I was inspired to write this post because it really helped, it worked for me, I ended up fixing my bad day and was able to enjoy the remainder of it.
-So I’m wondering, what works for you? How do you deal with a bad mood?