Hi friends, the last few days have been pretty rough here at StoneGable! They have been full of stress and angst and I just wanted to crawl back in bed and wait it out under the covers! We all have days like that! I’m not talking about tragic or catastrophic days here, just days that pluck at our last nerves and leave us frazzled and undone! You know those days when we are pulled in too many directions and when we try to put one foot in front of the other and move on we and we end up going backwards! Today’s practically speaking is all about surviving those bad days with grace and fortitude!
When our stress level rises, here are some things that will help to keep our cool and help us to carry on! Don’t get stuck and wallow in yuck and stress. We have a tendency to do that. Let’s try to reset our day. Here’s a few ways to survive and thrive when having a bad day!
When I’m feeling overwhelmed I sneak away and spend time talking (or crying) to my Father! He is waiting for us and already knows how we feel. Tell Him and ask Him for His strength, mercy, comfort and peace. Let Him handle the big stuff. Continue to talk to Him and listen and look for Him working in your life!
“Go to the THRONE and not to the phone”!
KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT
A bad day can often leave us vulnerable to spewing out awful, ugly and unproductive words. Instead fill you mind and heart with positive thoughts. It’s important to me to quietly acknowledge what is wrong and then regroup.
I say, fix what we can and shrug off the rest. But we want to keep our words to ourself so we don’t compound our bad day and spread it onto others we love!
I am not very good at compartmentalizing things. I am a fixer! It’s difficult for me to “put something on the shelf” and deal with it when I am in a better frame of mind. But I’m learning. So let’s try to be productive, even it it’s in the smallest way and then, if we can, put our troubles away until we are thinking more clearly. Let’s try to do something little and productive like making our beds, organizing something, throwing a load of laundry in the washer, picking up the kid’s toys… anything thing that makes a productive and forward moving difference in our day!
I truly believe that exercise can get rid of lots of stress and tension not only in our bodies but our minds. My exercise of choice is walking our local YMCA pool. A good, fierce, splashy speed walk that leaves my muscles spent but stronger… my mind tired yet invigorated!
Oh, boy! I’m the first to admit that I want to reach for something crunchy and salty (like Doritos… my stress food of choice) when I am uber stressed! Your comfort food may be something sweet. I don’t know many people that would reach for a kale salad! Eating poorly just compounds the situation. When we eat crappy we feel crappy! Make a list of good-for-you yummy snacks and pick one of those when you are having a particularly bad day!
TAKE A LITTLE NAP
I’m not talking about going back to bed! But a little nap may reset our mood! Get into something comfy, turn on some soothing music, spray the pillow with linen spray and settle in!
Even when I had babies at home and was having a stress filled day I would nap a little when they did!
DO SOMETHING NICE FOR YOURSELF
I know we can’t always take time for ourselves on a stressful day, but try! Even if we can sneak in 10 minutes. Read a magazine, get on your favorite blog for inspiration (how about StoneGable?), find a hysterical youtube video (wedding mishaps send me right over the brink), buy yourself some flowers or have a great cup of coffee or drink of choice.
Don’t beat yourself up! Be kind to yourself!
FIND THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR
There are countless things to be thankful for every day!!!! Don’t let a bad day steal your joy! Let’s make it a priority to be thankful for all the good in our lifes even on stinkin’ bad days!
Every day is a gift. Even bad days…but you already knew that didn’t you?
You can print out the “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” image at the top of the page HERE. It is suitable for framing! My little gift to your on your next bad day!
What are some ways you defuse a bad day? Please share!