WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE FEELING S**T (OR DOWN IN THE DUMPS)
We all go through it.
Every single one of us.
Times when we’re just feeling rubbish or to be frank, like utter s**t.
Sometimes it can be just for a day or two, others time it can last longer. But how on earth do you stop feeling like the smelly stuff and get your self acquainted with a sweeter scent.
Well, my friends, it’s a tough process.
Because as you’ll know, sometimes it can just take a couple of things to make you right again whilst other times you need a bit of a longer plan.
It’s tricky. Us human beings are nothing but complex.
However for those times when I feel totally and utterly rubbish, these are some of the things that work for me.
By no means, am I an expert but this is the stuff that gets me through the stink, to a happier, less s*****y place. Take my hand…
1. Feel it
Hippyish bollocks? Perhaps. But it’s important if nothing else that you remain true to yourself, which I’m afraid means accepting your feelings for what they are – warts an’ all.
You might not want to recognise it, you might not want to acknowledge stuff, but you must, in order to understand and tackle the menace that’s tipped you into the stench.
So feel, recognise and acknowledge.“Ok, I feel like s***, but why?!” is a really good place to start.
2. Take a ‘time out’
From as much as you can. When you’re not feeling at your best, something is going on. Your inner voice is piping up and warning you, making it clear that something needs to be done.
But it’s hard to listen and hard to figure out what the hell is going on, when you’re so god damn busy.
So take a ‘time out’. Put yourself on the ‘naughty’ step if you have to (any excuse to give yourself a break) and pull back from the craziness. Try and find some peace to do some serious soul searching.
Sometimes you’ll know why you’re feeling horrid in a flash. Perhaps you’ve had an argument with a loved one or been turned down for a job.
But sometimes, it takes longer. There might be lots of reasons why you’re not firing on all cylinders or just a great big glaring one that you don’t want to face, just yet.
So if you’re unsure, just be for a while. Wait it out, keep listening and keep sitting still. Your answer will appear when you’re ready.
4. Be kind to yourself
If there’s one thing you take from this post, please just take this. Ignore all the other points if you like, but listen to THIS.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep it saying it, until we start to change…but, generally speaking, most women I know are absolutely rubbish at looking after themselves. Most women I know put everyone else’s needs in front of their own. This is no good. For any of us.
So please. Please, for the love of god, for the love of all of us, STOP. And start being kind to yourself.
If you struggle to know what this means, just think about how you would treat your child. Put yourself to bed when you’re tired, have regular ‘time outs’, feed yourself nourishing food, compliment yourself, dress well and play!
Look after YOU. It may not solve everything but this alone can work wonders.
5. Make changes
Once you’ve figured out where you caught the s*****y bug from me, it’s time to address the issue/s. It’s time to make change.
Maybe you’re bold enough to make one huge change like leave a relationship that is failing or go on a big weight loss plan, and if you are, brilliant. Amazing! Go and knock yourself out and go for it.
But if not, that’s ok too. Just remember that little changes can be just as good.
Think of the one major thing in your life that is making you feel rotten and think of three little things you can do to sort it out and make you feel better. Just three little things.
Three little daily things that can and will make a difference. It really is easier than you think.
6. Ditch hate in ALL of its forms
It is my belief that we often feel like garbage because we take on other people’s rubbish.
We start off clean and lovely and by the end of the day, we’re left rotten, filthy and sticking, just because of the people we’ve spent time with or the things we have read.
You have to stop allowing other forms of grot to stick to you. You have to stop allowing other people’s nastiness to contaminate you.
So stop spending time with any people who are mean towards you, in any shape, way or form. And whilst you’re at it ditch the whingers, gossipers and users too.
Stop reading websites and magazines that are hateful towards women (you know the ones).
Stop watching TV shows that are spiteful or make fun out of people.
Seriously, just ditch the nastiness and I guarantee before you know it, you’ll be back smelling of roses.
7. Cut back on or ditch social media
Sometimes I’m having a bad day and I hop on social media only to read of someone’s amazing day and it just makes me so bloody miserable. You too right?
Because even though you may be genuinely happy for the other person and wish them well (if you don’t, you need to read this) let’s face it when you’re stuck in the mud, you often don’t want to be reminded that other people are up there dancing under the stars!
And you start to feel sorry for yourself. You start to resent them and feel envy and then you start to dislike yourself even more and on the s****y cycles go.
So don’t do it. Whenever you’re feeling rotten, just step away. If you know social media will only make you feel worse, step away from Facebook, from the tweets and pretty filtered photos on Instagram and leave it be for a while.
Return to it when you’re happier. Return when you’re ready to join the party and bring good energy with you.
8. Be grateful
It’s bloody hard isn’t it?! To be grateful when your life has gone off course or you’re suffering or just feeling damn right awful. But you have to. You have to be grateful for what you do have.
Start slowly if you have to and go for the obvious stuff. Be grateful for being alive, for having a roof over your head and food in your cupboards. Be grateful you live in a country that is democratic, where we get free education and a free health service.
And then start to increase the ol’ gratitude list when you can by focusing on the smaller stuff. And above all, always be grateful for the stuff that truly matters – love, family and friends.
Being grateful for what you DO have, stops you focusing on what you do not.
It changes your perception and allows you to concentrate on the good stuff, which quite frankly is something we should all be doing, whether we feel like s**t or not.
9. Get a cat
Or a dog. Or a rabbit. Whatever you chose.
Just welcome an animal into your life and show it some love. Because trust me, it’s hard to feel totally s**t when you’ve got a warm furry creature showering you with affection, purrs or licks.
This for sure I absolutely know.
What do you think of my list? Do these things work for you? Or have you other ideas? Would love to hear your thoughts on this one.
P.S And a final request…
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Thanks all. xxx