Okay, so after writing the post about the Laundry Party on Monday evening, some of you might be thinking I’m an ultra-cheerful mom who turns everything into a celebration. Just to keep it real, I had to confess to you all: I woke up feeling like a grouch yesterday morning.
There were a lot of little discouragements that contributed to my attitude, but nothing that was worthy of my all-out grouch mode. Truthfully, I wanted to sit and sulk and nurse my grouchiness. And I did that for the first little bit of the day — even raising my voice at petty little things the kids did.
But then I realized where this would take me: if I didn’t buck up and get a grip on my bad attitude, I’d have a miserable day — and so would everyone else in my home! So, I asked God to please help me have more joy and then started my day looking for things I could do to help me have a more cheerful attitude.
Here are 10 things that helped me:
1. Turn On Some Music
I love listening to instrumental music — especially on days when I’m feeling a little uptight. Turn on whatever music helps to put you in a cheerful mood.
Want to take it a step further? Don’t just listen; sing along. It’s basically impossible not to feel better after a few minutes of singing!
2. Light a Candle
I love fall-scented candles, even when it’s not quite fall yet. Having a pumpkin-flavored candle wafting through the house today made me smile and look forward to the chilly fall days that are just around the corner.
3. Dress For the Day You Hope to Have
It might seem petty, but there’s something about getting dressed up that makes me feel a lot more motivated and energetic. Try it and see if it works for you, too!
(For the record, “dressed up” can mean whatever you want it to — a little makeup and earrings to go with your jeans and t-shirt or donning that cute dress and putting your hair in an updo. It’s up to you… just so long as it’s not jammies or sweats!
4. Clean Something
Pick a small task — not something overwhelming. It will make you feel fulfilled to start and finish something.
I chose to scrub down the top of my oven. Seeing it all shiny clean the rest of the day was very rewarding.
5. Eat Something Healthy
Fuel your body well. Sometimes, hunger can be at the root of a bad attitude.
Make yourself a plate of some cut up fruits, veggies, and protein (nuts, hard boiled eggs, chicken, etc.) to munch on. Eat these first before hitting the carbs or sweets and you’ll feel a lot better the rest of the day.
6. Drink a Cup of Tea
As I’ve cut back on coffee, I’ve started drinking a lot more tea. I’ve become a big fan of teas that are especially designed to relax and soothe you — such as the Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief tea. Put a dash of honey and milk in it and it’s the perfect treat for those difficult days.
7. Tackle a Project
Find a small project to start and finish. Set the timer and get busy. It amazed me how quickly I was able to get this basket of laundry folded and put away when I set my mind to it. It was such a simple thing, but tackling it and completing it was very fulfilling.
8. Try a Change of Scenery
Sometimes, getting out and going somewhere or even just taking a walk around the block in the fresh air and sunshine will do wonders for your sanity. For me, that meant chucking part of my afternoon routine to spend an hour snuggling with my kids and watching a movie was just the change of pace I needed.
9. Count Your Blessings
There is always something to be thankful for. And it’s amazing how even difficult things can remind us of how blessed we are.
10. Do Something for Someone Else
Sitting and sulking never changes anything, but putting energy and effort into blessing and serving someone else might not change our circumstances or take away our burdens or struggles, but it can certainly help to lift our spirits.
What helps you feel more cheerful and joyful on days when you wake up feeling stuck in a funk?