I’m once again linking up with Kate On Thin Ice and her blog hop to get mums to take a little time just for themselves in their busy lives. I’m thinking this week about Kate’s Big Question: what one small thing can you do to make a big difference.
I’ve lately been reading Gretchen Rubin’s blog about how to bring a little happiness into our lives, which I felt fitted quite well with Kate’s idea. There is usually something in the emails which makes me look at things differently and I’ve been a subscriber for a while but this article in particular really made me want to read the whole book. I found this blog via Ally or Zazzy, I can’t remember which, but I’ve found many of the quotes and different viewpoints to be quite inspirational. This week the following pinged into my inbox: 5 Things to Stave off the Blues. Or, to put it another way, 5 things to avoid so that the blues don’t get worse. Have a look at the article for an explanation.
The argument was that some of the things we do when we’re feeling down may actually make us feel worse, for example:
- · Comforting yourself with a “treat;”
- · Letting yourself off the hook;
- . Turning off your phone;
- · Aggressively expressing your negative emotions;
- · Staying in your pajamas all day.
The theory is that resisting the temptation, whether to eat something we don’t need or to slob around the house, can be a huge boost. For example, comfort eating just makes me feel worse in the long run. Years ago I gave up eating chocolate completely, which lasted for a couple of years. I’ve no idea why I went back to eating it. But I’m avoiding chocolate again because I find it can bring my mood crashing down. And now I’m starting to get a little mental energy and clarity of thinking, I don’t want to do anything to jeopardise it. I also think that I’ve let myself off the hook way too often in my life and have therefore achieved much less than I was capable. Also, when I slob around all day, I do feel more lethargic and less motivated. I like having things to do and objectives to aim for, so I’m giving these a try. They almost feel like New Year’s resolutions. I remember a lot of people saying around New Year that anytime you feel like it is a good time to make a change. Not giving in is half the battle, I’m finding. There, already I’m not letting myself off the hook!
I’ve also rejoined the gym after a break of a couple of months and I’m enjoying feeling a little fitter for the effort. Big laugh of the week came courtesy of Zazzy, though, with whom I had an extremely surreal conversation. All started out in a very ordinary way but quickly took a turn for the bizarre. I’ve learned way more this week than I needed to know! I will never look at cotton buds again in the same way. Read more here.