I’d be lying if I said that I wake up as happy as Snow White humming with birds singing. Some days I feel good, and others I’m channeling Grumpy.
The fact that my current job is not making me neither happy nor fulfilled takes a bit toll on my mental state everyday. Mondays and Tuesdays are the hardest, and usually the following days are better considering that the weekend is getting close.
Over the past few months, I’ve had to apply a few techniques to my daily routines to stop being a grumpy mess as soon as I get out of bed.
I’ll be honest, the first 15 minutes after I’ve opened my eyes usually imply me reconsidering every choice I’ve made until that point. But usually, working out in the morning means two things: I won’t have to workout after I get home that night which means more time to watch Netflix or Youtube/ to work on my platforms but also that I’ll have some “me” time first things in the morning.
I know that for some, that’s not exactly the definition they imagined. But I know that the prospect of watching a TV show whilst on the treadmill at 6:30am is helping me get out of bed. I’ve just finished “Dead to Me” and I’m starting “Scandal” which, crazy fact, I’ve never watched! Thank you Amazon Prime. For the couple days I workout at home, Blogilates is the one. The moves are not too intense for the morning but highly effective and I love how positive she is – how helpful when the sun isn’t up yet!
I know, I know. Isn’t this so millenial/trendy to say? But honestly, I’ve tried doing a meditation (Yoga with Adriene is my fave) on a morning I was particularly grumpy and feeling down and it helped massively. So pop on your earphones/headphones and let yourself have these 10 minutes of inner calm. I often do a little session when I come home and feel down, it helps to reset my mood.
If meditation is not your jam, yoga may be the one for you. The breathing and stretching does incredible things for the mind. I find myself more peaceful and clear-headed after a session. Same, Yoga with Adriene is my go-to for how positive she is and her voice is the calmest thing on earth.
*to the song here in my heaaaart* sorry, gotta get Queen B’s tune out of my head.
Whether it’s a playlist, songs from a specific artist/group or podcasts, I find they make a big impact on my mood. They can inspire you, lift your spirits or if you’d like, nourish the deep feeling within you – yes, I mean Lana Del Rey. If I need to get my creative juices flowing: podcasts; if I want to get out of my funk: music, if I need something interesting and fun to listen to: podcasts; fancy a little dance-on-my-own party: music.
I have a blogpost coming up on all the podcasts I’m obsessed with at the moment so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Ahhh the power of talking. It’s the best way to get something out of your chest and to figure some things out. So if you are having one of those days, chat it out. Whether it’s meeting a friend for coffee or a nice meal, texting, calling or DMing, it will help you feel a hundred bucks better because your loved ones and friends now how to make you think with a different perspective or how to lift your spirits. They’re awesome. Basically, free therapy for quick fixes(But if it’s more serious, babe, book the appointment, mental health is so important).