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I wish I was the type of person that could wake up early each morning with plenty of energy and keep a positive attitude. I’m always working hard on improving myself, but the voice of one of my doctors resonates in the back of my mind: “You know, some people will just never be happy.”
I started off my weekend fairly productive. I got all of my work done in the lab, took a few photos for blog posts, and finished most of the laundry. After that momentum built up, I suddenly crashed and had a wave of sadness hit me. I still had several items on my to-do list for heading back home for my niece’s baptism – I didn’t have time to be sad. I needed to pack, take enough Instagram pics for the whole trip, write at least 3 blog posts to keep up with my schedule, and my house was a mess. I should’ve been able to get everything done with my free time on Sunday, but I crumbled and just didn’t want to do anything at all.
First, I curled up in a ball in bed. Huge mistake. My bed is so comfy – my blankets have just been dialed in lately. I wallowed for awhile and beat myself up over stupid things. But I eventually got myself out of bed (okay, mainly because I had to pee) and managed to get a few things done.
Take a walk
When I’m in a bad mood, I need alone time. Everything Luke was doing was sooooo annoying (like asking me what’s wrong, how obnoxious!), so I separated myself and took a walk. The change of scenery is so good to start clearing out the negativity. I tried to take a route with some stairs to get my heart rate going a bit since exercise is an amazing medicine.
After my walk, I did a few small chores to declutter the house. I put away the makeup and skincare products laying around from photo shoots. I unloaded the dishwasher, wiped off the counter tops, and did a quick floor sweep. Each task was about 5 minutes, and suddenly the house that felt so tight and cluttered was more open. I could breathe again.
Take a social media break
If I’m down, social media is generally the last place I should be. It’s a breeding ground for comparison to others. Especially with the Instagram algorithm changes and shadow banning, I’ve struggled to not feel like a complete loser. I’m not really going to miss anything and I can catch up with my friends in a day or two.
Having clean skin makes me feel like less of a failure. I hopped in the shower and rinsed myself of my bad mood, then I used a face mask to pamper myself a bit. My skincare routine is a nice reminder that it’s okay to take care of myself first.
When I feel like I have no energy or desire to do anything, a lot of the time I’m just dehydrated. Diet Coke is my drink of choice, but I’m trying to implement a new system for myself to drink more water. My rule now is that I can’t drink a Diet Coke until I’ve had two glasses of water. I’m allowing myself to have what I want, but after I’ve done the healthy thing and hydrated myself.
It was hard to get out of this slump. It felt like a horrible downward spiral, where I didn’t want to do anything, but then I beat myself up for not utilizing my free time to be productive. I managed to get a few things done, which is much better than nothing.
I’d love to hear your tips for getting out of a bad mood, as I admittedly still struggle ↓