That feels better

I’ve noticed over the years that there are concrete things I can do to help my mood stay buoyant (‘buoyant’: there’s a word I didn’t expect to use today!)

Here they are…

Connection

Just being around other people – be that crafting, at church or even just as I mooch around the town – is very good for me, even as (or perhaps, especially as) the introvert that I am.

Online stuff is great, but when it becomes a substitute for real life interaction, it leaves me personally feeling a little flat.

Getting outside

Getting outside, whether that’s for a walk or just to the supermarket, really helps to give us a mental lift.

I know it’s the last thing we feel like doing sometimes – perhaps especially when anxiety is high – but it’s so worth forcing ourselves.

If getting outside is tricky for you, decide on a treat that you’ll gift yourself on your return: a nice coffee or half an hour’s crafting, perhaps.

Putting on a good podcast can help to calm your mind too.

Slowing down the making and sharing

I’m often reminding myself that there’s actually no rush; that everything doesn’t need to be made right now.

There’s a joy in quietly – and slowly – working on a project, enjoying every single stage and decision and we can risk that when our projects turn into a checklist of jobs to be done.

Taking a proper rest

I wonder if the reason for burn-out is that we’re just not stopping properly for any length of time?

When mojo feels elusive, it might be worth assuming that it’s time to pick up a book and give yourself a real break.

I’ve found that taking a full day off once a week really helps to restore me in almost every area: creativity included.

Tidying up

This is maybe just me (and as a stay at homer, I’ve obviously got plenty of time to prioritise it) but I feel so much better mentally when things are in their right places and rooms feel tidy.

The trick is to find a ‘right place’ for everything in the first place – then not mind too much when you find you’re spending a lot of your time putting things back where they came from.

Eating intuitively & treating myself kindly

I’m a big believer in filling up on good things: thinking of my body as a steam train that needs regular shovel-fulls of coal to keep it going!

I don’t put any foods off-limits and have regular points in my week where I will enjoy a piece of cake or some biscuits with my coffee when we’re out.

Having wholesome foods to hand at home can be a good plan, as then those are the ones I reach for (and feel better – and fuller longer – for it).


Other ‘feel better’ moves for me include making sure I do something creative each day, breakfast time prayers, sticking to my weekly routine, consuming only positive content and going to bed at a reasonable time.

How about you? What are your top tips?

8 thoughts on “That feels better

  1. JulieAnn

    I agree with all your tips. I almost never want to go out and socialise but inevitably feel better when I do. The trick is to be very selective about where and with whom you spend time. My bookclub and card-making friends always make me glad I made the effort to go out. Walking is key for me too. It literally blows away the cobwebs from my hamster-wheel brain.

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  2. Those are all very good tips, especially the taking a rest part, as it’s so easy to just keep going until you completely burn yourself out – then you’re not able to do anything and the anxiety really starts to creep in and tell you little lies.

    I need to start getting out of the rut as I’ve been bad over the past few months and haven’t been very kind to myself.

    Small wins work well for me, I focus on a task that can be completed in one sitting and then start to build myself back up e.g. rather than tidying the entire kitchen, I’ll clear the surfaces so I can see some space. When I’m working on a crafting project I’ll focus on a thing I can create without too much stress, like journal cards or bunting/flags or little embellishments – those tiny wins build up and spur you on for the next task.

    The most important thing is to notice when you’re doing something that’s destructive to yourself and then quickly try to fix it 🙂

    xxx

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  3. Oh, I love the idea of small wins!

    I actually heard a podcast just this morning where the lady was advising, if you wake up feeling low, just get up, get yourself out for a hot chocolate, buy yourself flowers, then go home and make two beds. I love the idea of those easy baby steps – clearing the counters or making small embellishments when you don’t feel up to a bigger project.

    Thanks so much for sharing, D: it’s nice to hear that I’m not alone in feeling how I do at times xxx

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  4. Yes! So so true. I’m definitely one for being very choosy – the trips out need to be uplifting, don’t they, when we’re in that slightly flatter place?

    Thank you so much for this fab comment, JulieAnn xxx

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  5. I’m all about tiny victories 😀

    That’s great advice too, I think little treats like a hot chocolate or flowers really do give a nice lift.

    You’re very welcome, and you’re certainly not alone! I think there are lots of people out there struggling along – most of them don’t even realise they have a problem or anxiety. It took me years to work out that my panic attacks were exactly that, and not me just coming over a bit floaty or being a bit claustrophobic, it’s so much easier to make excuses than try dealing with things – haha!

    xxx

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  6. Yes, I’m sure you’re right. I don’t know if the ways in which I struggle at times are ‘something’, but I certainly feel a good deal of understanding for those suffering anxiety and low mood. It’s so good to be able to show up for each other and say, “yep: me too.” xxx

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