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Cheer up

I’ve mentioned in the past that I am a member of a site called Daily Challenge by MeYou Health. Today’s everyday health prompt is “List 3 ways you can cheer yourself up the next time you have a bad day.”  More from the prompt: Everyone has a bad day from time to time, the kind when nothing goes right. It’s how we react that can make all the difference.

Isn’t that the truth!? I’ve had a few of those lately…

So what are some positive ways to battle a bad day? Other than having a drink or two or ten (which all that does is give you a hangover the next day and yet ANOTHER bad day to deal with…).

key_heartWriting.  For me, writing has always been a go-to when I’m in a bad mood. Write it down. Get it out. Move on. I’ve stumbled upon spirals I vented in when I was little, and I find myself chuckling at the “tragedies” that upset me. But, hey, bad mood, get it out and feel better. Since I blog and writing is more focused today, I don’t turn to this as much as I used to… my private journal sits dormant a lot more than I like. But sometimes just knowing I CAN write about an issue helps, too.

 key_heart Talk it out. My husband, my mom, and my best girlfriends are my vents. If something is bothering me, its wonderful to know I can talk it out with any or all of these people. Sometimes I need feedback… tell me if I am wrong to feel the way I do. Help me see the other side. Sometimes, the last thing I want is feedback. Just listen. Just let me get it out. And suddenly, all is right with the world again.

key_heart Clean. Cleaning always helps make things better. Cleaning gets the negative OUT – literally and figuratively. Dust, vacuum, scrub, bleach, sweep… it gets the dirt the dirt and grime out of the house. It also gets the negative feelings out of my mind and heart. Cleaning makes me happy. It makes me feel good again.

key_heart Get away. Go for a drive. Go ride a bike. Go for a walk. Jump on the back of my husband’s motorcycle and zone out. Sometimes you have to physically remove yourself from the situation upsetting you to get perspective and to bring yourself back up. Its not running away… its resetting in a great way.

key_heart Music. Some times all I want is silence and music is exactly what I DON’T want. Other times, though, putting on a fast paced and happy song is all it takes to bring me back up. Get me dancing in my seat or dancing around the room. Puts a spring in my step and all is right in the world again.

So what about you? Anything that makes YOU happy when you’re having a bad day?

Positive influencers

Today’s Daily Challenge is: List 3 people who have a positive influence on your mood. How to do it: Make a list of three people you know who have a positive influence on how you feel. The list can include people you see regularly – like an upbeat neighbor or co-worker – or those whose voices always cheer you when you give them a call.

I thought it would make for a great blog post.

My husband is of course on the list of positive influences. (Granted he can also be a source of frustration… LOL!  PMS is rough on both of us.) He can cheer me up quickly, and I find myself in a funk any time work separates us for long periods of time.  I find myself out of sorts, moody, and just… off. But a phone call always helps. Texts make me smile. Of course, time together is always the best, though. With him on the road as often as he is, we take our time together a lot more seriously than we would otherwise.

My parents are a total positive influence. They’ve always been supportive and wonderful sources of advice and encouragement. I treasure my time with them… treasure it. (In fact, this post is so late today because they are visiting me, and I want to spend my time with them instead of being on the internet.) I talk to them every day, and I look forward to doing that! It feels weird if I have a day in which I don’t talk to them for any reason, but we at least text message back and forth! And I absolutely love that. So thankful.

Finally, my go-to pick me up is my friend, Anne. It started years ago while in college, and still to this day we rant to each other via text any time something happens. Or we celebrate good things. I have many great friends, but Anne is one that I automatically text any time something happens. It’s a positive, wonderful habit that I don’t plan to break any time soon. (Happy Birthday, by the way!!)

What about you? Who are the positive influences in YOUR life?