We all through ups and downs, it’s just part of life. Sometimes the fall downhill is hard and fast and the mountain seems too steep to ever reach the top again. This is when we get stuck in a “funk.”
As I explained in my last post, I have recently been going through a pretty difficult season of life. Through this time, I have come up with several things that always seem to lift me up when I feel down.
1. Self Care– You can’t pour from an empty cup. Self care includes things I can do each day that make me feel pampered. Things like doing a face mask, making my self a tea latte every afternoon, or doing my nails. I will be doing a more in depth post on ways I practice self care, so be sure to be on the lookout for it!
2. Lunch with a Friend– My best friend and I share our lunch break at least 3 days a week. We work across the street from each other which makes it easy. Sometimes we vent, sometimes we discuss ideas or plan, sometimes we simply just laugh and enjoy each others company. No matter if we actually ate lunch, got coffee, or just walked around Home Goods, I always feel better after.
3. Move– I have taken up running this year. I just finished my first 5k this past May and it felt awesome. Having a goal in mind kept me going despite many struggles and the sense of accomplishment when I was done did wonders for me. I love running because I get the exercise I need (the endorphins don’t suck either) and so does my dog, Sadie. It is amazing what 30 minutes of fresh air can do for your headspace. On the days when the weather does not permit running, I’ll do some Blogilates videos on Youtube, yoga, or even just light stretching. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, I promise you will feel at least a little better and more accomplished. I will be writing an entire series on my journey from a couch potato to a runner!
4. Eat Well– I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in October of last year. While it’s not great to find out I have an autoimmune disease, it is a relief to have a diagnosis so I can start moving towards recovery. Eating well is so important in many ways. When I eat junk it definitely affects my mood. I feel sluggish and tired and unmotivated. When I take care of my body, I feel determined to get things done. One of my favorite books that touches on this is “Eat Pretty.” I also plan to write a whole series on my journey with celiacs and healing my body. It’s an on-going process!
5. Sufficient Rest– Give your body the rest it needs. Studies show more and more that a lack of sleep can cause a huge array of health problems. When I am sleep deprived I am no good to anyone. I’m cranky and can’t think clearly, which just drives me deeper into my funk. When I give my body the rest it deserves and stick to consistent sleeping hours, I am a much better person to be around.
No matter where you are in life, mountain top or valley, be sure to take care of yourself first. It may seem selfish, but trust me, life will be better not only for you, but those around you as well.
You are loved,