We all have those days, you know the ones. Days where your list of things to do is forever long but nothing gets done, even though you’re working hard to check things off. Maybe you’re a mom who’s little one(s) have done nothing but act up all day and you’re “just so done”! Or maybe it’s a bad hair day, you have a break out, you got some bad news, or you just feel down for no reason what so freaking ever (don’t you love that?). We’ve all been there. As I write this post I just went through one of the roughest days with my toddler- heck, roughest week! I was defeated mentally, physically, and emotionally. Jackson-1 Momma- big fat 0
I had to take a moment to myself and regroup. I did a few things that I knew would make me feel better even if things really didn’t get better. I’ve learned that when you’re in a better state mentally, you look at things in a more positive light. And because I know it can be hard to think of something when you already have a million things on your mind, I’ve listed for you guys a few of my favorite remedies to beat the bad day slumps.
Things to do when you just feel “blah“
Take a step back from social media
I can’t count the times putting away my phone has alleviated stress. The little contraption that I run my life from can be the greatest source of anxiety-and without me even realizing either! I have an app call “Off-time” that prevents me from using any apps for a preset time frame. Even if I pick my phone up out of habit I’m forced to put it down or go through a long process to turn off the app. After 2 hours or so I usually feel much more relaxed.
Go for a walk
A long walk is my favorite way to clear brain fog. The endorphins from exercise and the warm sunshine have me feeling better almost immediately.
Tense muscles, especially around your face and neck, can have you feeling crappy all day. If you’re muscles are feeling tight, take 10 minutes to stretch out your back and shoulders. And don’t underestimate the power of a good facial massage! I follow a great account on Instagram called, Noyskincare, that shows you lots of moves to use on your face to relieve tension and prevent aging.
Make a “to-do” list
Listing everything you have to do on a tangible piece of paper might seem counter intuitive. Why would you want to purposefully focus on all the things stressing you out?! Well, when you right it all down it takes away the stress of having to mentally remember everything! I usually list my “to dos” in order of importance. Then I start with a few easy tasks to motivate me to tackle the bigger errands.
Take a hot shower and sing your heart out
Aww yes, my personal shower concerts are my favorite. I’ve performed with some big names: Taylor Swift, The 1975, Demi Lovato, G-eazy, Lee Brice, the Jonas Brothers and many more. You might laugh at this one, but it honestly changes my entire mood! I come out feeling fresh and relaxed.
Go for a drive
This is kinda like the shower thing. If you’re feeling angry or emotional jump in your car with a non-alcoholic beverage and just drive while singing along to all your favorites. Takes your mind off your issues quickly because you’re focusing on something else, something that is almost second nature- driving.
Make a list of your blessings
Feeling down on yourself for not hitting a milestone on time? Or maybe another friend got married or received a promotion before you? Sit back and battle those negative feelings by physically writing down all your blessings! Write down the talents you’ve been blessed with, the things you’ve accomplished, and all the basic necessities that you have. Like the phone your holding or the roof over your head. It’s hard to be upset when you are looking at a list of all the good you’ve been given.
Cuddle your child or pet
It’s been scientifically proven that cuddling your pet or hugging your children can relieve stress. Even if your little one is the source of your stress, wrap them in a hug and watch you both settle down.
Clean your space
Is that 2 week old pile of clean or dirty laundry making it impossible to relax? Put it away or throw it in the wash. If the clutter around your house or room is making you feel stressed then start cleaning it up! Even if it’s just a little bit at a time. If you lack motivation set a timer for 30 minutes and knock out what you can.
The simplicity of putting marker to paper and creating something beautiful encourages me to relax. It helps me set my thoughts on something less complicated than my problems. And it’s a great way to spend time with my boy!
Put on your favorite outfit and fix your hair/makeup
Some people may call this “shallow”. I get it, your outward appearance shouldn’t define your inward contentment. Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it though. If you feel gross fixing yourself up may be just the thing you need to get yourself out of a funk.
How do you “pick yourself up”? Tell me in the comments! And be sure to tell me if you give any of these a try!