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…
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, 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.
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?