Old Coca Cola Factory, Tallahassee

3 Tips To Shake Off A Bad Day

September 17, 2018

Yesterday I was struggling for some unknown reason.

There was nothing that triggered it, nothing that happened, and absolutely no reason to be in a funk.

I couldn’t shake this feeling of being down and not enough. I had this sense that I wasn’t giving things enough of me or things in my life weren’t enough. It was odd because truthfully, I never feel this way. I’m pretty good at seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and focusing on what I do have around me.

I felt very mediocre, and that’s something I never want to be described as. I’m sure none of us want to be known for living a mediocre life.

There were three things that helped me shake my funk out and I’m here to share.

Get a workout in.

You don’t need to go to the gym or workout class, just get your blood moving through your body. Think of Elle Woods, “exercise give you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Seriously though, get outside for a walk, move around your home, get your blood flowing. It wakes your body up and gives you an activity to take your mind off of what is bringing you down.

Talk to someone about it or reach out to a friend.

Victor could tell I was off yesterday. His exact words were, “How are you feeling today? You normally talk my face off on the way to the gym, at the gym, and on the way home, and you’ve barely talked.” Well now I see how you really feel, Vic. Kidding… Whether you talk it out with someone, or someone does something to brighten your mood, it helps. I was able to tell him I was in a weird mood for no explanation whatsoever. And it helped. It kind of puts things in perspective that you have no reason to feel this way, and even if you do, it helps paint the picture of why you are there and how to get out of it.

Do a chore, run an errand, tackle a home project, SOMETHING.

I decided to organize my office. It took about an hour of my time to focus on something other than my mood. My attention was completely focused on the task at hand and I felt as if I accomplished something off my non-existent to-do list for the day. Double win.

It’s ok to have days. Not every day is going to feel like sunshine and rainbows. In fact, most days will feel quite routine. Don’t be so focused on the fact that every day must be revolutionary and life changing. Those days will come, and they will be that much sweeter every time.

-xx, Lauren.

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