Life coach Barrie Davenport, in her blog Live Bold & Bloom, had a recent post about how emotions can sabotage our happiness. She had some excellent insight into the myriad of reasons why this can happen, but I was surprised to see two of the pieces of advice that I use on days like that, but didn’t realize anyone else knew about.
The first was to take some Advil to help reduce inflammation and pain. Some days when I’m out of sorts, I run a physical check on myself and ask if I’m just achy and uncomfortable. If within 30 minutes I’m feeling much better, I know it was the thing I needed. I tend to debate whether to take the Advil or not, but it does often help.
The second surprising piece of advice is that sometimes nothing helps but the passage of time. Frequently, I have one really bad day a week and it’s usually on Tuesday, which is coincidentally today. That is the day I am most likely to be exceessively tired and out of sorts, in despair for everything and feeling that it will never get better. When my mornings start out that badly, the first thing I ask “Is Today Tuesday?”
Sometimes “Tuesday” comes on Monday, sometimes on Wednesday. Here’s a post where this happened on a Wednesday. I’ve had some success improving it. Besides Advil, my tools eating a small amount of chocolate (seriously, it helps a lot some days) and taking a walk during lunch whether I feel like it or not. I’ve also paid particular attention to not punishing everyone around me when I feel so bad. It’s not their fault I’m having a crummy day for no good reason.
Other advice from Barrie includes having a change in scenery. We used that a lot when our daughter was young and we lived in a house and town that we truly disliked. By Saturday, we were often ready to fight with each other over stupid things. I can’t tell you how many times my favorite boy toy packed us up for a
forced march walk in the woods. If nothing else, we came back too tired to fight anymore. A good night sleep usually recharged all of us for dealing with the stress of our living situation. When times got better, we moved.
It’s worth going through Barrie’s list and identifying your own hot spots. Even if your improvement is limited, understanding when emotions are sabotaging you can help in containing a situation.
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Today’s picture is straight from the camera – it was that nasty the day I took it and is how I feel on some Tuesdays.
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Thank you for sharing this. It often feels like “I am the only one.” Winter is my Tuesday… It is wonderful to know that I am not the only one, yet, I am sorry that you have to go through “Tuesdays.” On the bright side you know how to cope and now I will have some ammunition too. ~ Lynda
Thanks for the encouragement. It really does help to know you’re not the only one, which was why I found the Barrie Davenport blog post so interesting.
I hope this helps you. If you have any suggestions for me to try, please let me know.
LOL Your picture at the bottom is very similar to the one I’m using for tomorrow! Sorry to hear Tuesday’s (or thereabouts) are so rough for you. Hugs!
I couldn’t believe it when I checked yours out. It sure was similar. Great minds think alike!!
Here’s Patti’s post that had a similar picture to mine: