Everyone has down days.
Maybe you’re helping a family member get through a rough patch or worried about your career or sick of living paycheck to paycheck. We all have moments when it seems life is spinning out of control. I know the feeling and it can be hard to focus on the positive.
Today, I wanted to share four natural ways I’ve used recently to get through a hard time.
1. Stick with a routine.
Nobody wants to wake up feeling the day ahead is out of control. When things go wrong, it’s natural to remove structure from our lives. We might let the dishes pile up or skip a workout or put off tackling a project. Don’t. Set a schedule for yourself. I like to create a list by day of the week to check off. Here are some things to consider including in your routine:
- Consistent time to wake up.
- Daily exercise. Start small. Try 10 minutes each day and increase from there.
- Housework & cleaning.
- Family projects.
- Grocery shopping.
- Bills & budget.
- Limits on email and social media checking (try five or 10 minutes each per day).
- Consistent bedtime. Do something you enjoy like reading or watching TV to wind down your day.
2. Set realistic goals.
If there’s something you want to accomplish, hold yourself accountable. Since I don’t know how long it will take to write my next book, I set time goals for myself. This summer my goal is to work on my novel at least 30 minutes each day. I’m not sure when my novel will be done, but I know that if I put in the time, I’ll finish the book.
- Try this simple method for setting goals.
3. Redirect negative thoughts.
When you find your thoughts spiraling to the worst that can happen, stop. Recognize what you’re doing. Redirect your thoughts to something good in your life like a phone call with your sweet niece, a project you’re working on that gives you pride or a fun event coming up in the future.
4. Trust you can have fun.
If you have kids, you’ve probably planned some fun events that ended up being, well, not so fun. Someone had an attitude problem or puked or screamed or forgot the meeting spot. It happens. But it won’t happen every time.
Get out and see the world. Bring your kids. Learn new techniques to handle the attitude, puking and screaming. Trust that you can have fun and when it happens, smile.
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