Do you ever have those off days?Days when life is stagnant. Well, I do. My husband notices quite fast and he will always hug and assure me that its okay. Whether you are a stay at home mom blogger like me or a 8 to 5 employee, we all have those days when we get a foggy moody head. Sometimes such days tend to last for more than just a day. Happiness is something I value so much. When I am happy, I notice how much positivism I spread around my family and friends. More often we tend to post pone some important things that put a smile in our lives.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” » Thich Nhat Hanh
Here are some tips I have found to work really well for my off days:
Create a routine
Every time I break from a routine, I struggle with confusion and mood swings. I always try to stick to one, especially after Bernie was born. He gets easily agitated if his routine is broken. I remember when he started the play school, I used to jump from one activity to another which got me really disorganized. My blog and You Tube channel suffered ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc_PqLz8GgKdCZqX8vcJYBg ) Write down a to do list and try as much as possible to follow it. You will be surprised at how happy you feel when you tick that chore out.
Go for a walk
The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent. You have no idea how that fresh air will change your mood. I am glad that Bernie loves the nature walks too. Every time I am having an off day, I always take a walk to the park or even the neighborhood and by the time I am back, I am full of energy.
I am amused at how Danes express their acts of kindness. I have had someone help me get the stroller into the bus or even hold a door for me without thinking about it. Help an old lady or guy with their luggage. You could offer to fix a kids toy. Just help someone who you don’t expect a payback from. It satisfies the spirit.
It could be at an organisation of your dream or even for community service. You get to help people that probably you will never meet in this life. My mum likes this bible verse in Swahili (tenda mema nenda zako) directly translated as do good and go your way. I am a firm believer in volunteer programs.
You don’t have to go to the gym. I have had those crazy Sundays when all I felt like doing was to whine. The moment I exercised it was all gone. By the way, I exercise from the comfort of my home save for the days I go for a short run. My husband can bear me witness. Furthermore, you need to get those endorphins released. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. I say no more. Wait, MORPHINE!!
Go for a mani pedi. Make your hair. Buy yourself a gift outside your comfort zone. An expensive gift. Take a long shower. My husband and I always have a favorite treat list that we always go to on those days.
Treat yourself to a childhood favorite
You won’t believe what my childhood favorite is. Those small ball gums. You remember those that had different colours? yes. Those ones. I have a tin full of them in a kitchen cabinet. We relied on solar power so I didn’t watch much cartoon. If cartoons were your thing, just watch one of your favourite. You could watch a comedy show, it does the trick.
Spend time with kids
Having a baby has made me appreciate the big role these human beings play in our lives. Actually, even before I had Bernie, I always found comfort in the company of kiddos. My parent’s house has never lacked a kid or two. From my neighbours to my baby cousins. There were never any dull moments. Just play with them and by the time you are done, your general aura will change greatly.
Just relax and let it be
Sometimes you can just do your best. Just breath in, take a blanket and plate of your favorite cereal or potato chips, sit on the couch and let the day go by. I am a firm believer that the next day is always a better day. This kept me going through a post par tum depression.
If you have more tips, add on the comment box.