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We’ve all been there, bad mood, bad day, maybe bad month or even a bad year. I recently had a couple of hard weeks. They were just BAD!!! Here’s how I get through. Maybe it’ll help you the next time you’re feeling a bit low.
We recently moved across the country to a small town. I had to leave sunny California, all my besties, family, work and all that vitamin D (aka sunshine= happiness.) Needless to say, this has been no easy ordeal for me. During this time I’ve found it easy to linger in the past and dream of the future, but that is not doing my present much justice. I was not ok with wishing my life away. Whenever I found my mind wandering I would begin to repeat:
“I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now” (along with some deep breaths)
Next, at bedtime it would be so easy for my mind to race and negatively affect my sleep. I’d lay and worry and feel even crappier the next morning, which did not help my situation. So I started meditating myself to sleep. I would think of people I love, miss or were going through hard times. I’d breathe deep and send them blessings. Sometimes I’d picture the most serene place to me and just “be” there. Or I’d meditate my life the way I wanted it to be. I am no meditation expert, I have no formal training. I just know it works!
I ate “natures Prozac” before bed or as a snack. This is 1/2 a banana and cashews. Together they are medicinal and help relieve the blues.
I logged off. Spending too much time on social media was a consistent reminder that everyone else had a perfect life and mine sucked. We all know that’s not true, but too much Facebook time can certainly make us feel that way. Instead I read, worked out, cooked new dishes, practiced yoga poses I wanted to nail….pretty much anything that kept me away from the screen. After a day or so it became automatic and my addiction was broken and I felt much better. If you have issues with this set some not negotiable parameters around the time you spend on social media. For example, sometimes I take a week off and then allow myself to “catch up” for 30-60 minutes on Saturday or maybe only allow 15 minutes each day. I also give the support I’d like to receive. I “like”, “favorite”, “retweet” and “pin” my friends posts. Share the love, receive the love in return!
I practiced gratitude. I was thankful for my circumstances, in which I was certain to learn something from. I also volunteered. It filled me and reminded me that I was just a small piece of a much bigger world. It helped lift me above my own situation and I spent my energy loving others. (Again, we receive what we give!)
Lastly, I was careful not to find comfort in food (or my other potential addictions.) Sugar in comfort food depletes B vitamins in our system and wreaks havoc on our liver, which means we’re low energy and in a lousy mood (not good on top of the hard time we’re having.) I had to be REALLY honest with myself to prevent emotional eating. When I wanted to eat, I would drink a tall glass of water and busy myself. I’d paint my nails, don a face mask, and/or focus on something that would improve me or my life in some way. I’d turn negative feelings into positive, forget about food, and feel better in some way about what I had accomplished, even if it was just pretty nails.
I hope this helps you the next time you’re feeling a bit low.
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Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. Helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest, happiest life is her greatest ambition.