Go, go, go until you can go no more.
I reject the concept of working yourself to the bone as it’s hard to reap the rewards when you’re ill with fatigue and exhaustion.
But the concept of working hard to reach your goals and the concept of being committed are 2 things I’m happy to promote as they allow you to get the best out of life, in my opinion anyway.
And alongside those 2 things I promote fun and I truly believe that laughter and joy are almost all we really need to live a good life.
We all feel a little down from time to time which is totally normal. However, a moment of sadness can turn into hours, days or even weeks when you hold onto it. That’s why I think it’s so important to have things that you can do when you feel blue to help easy you out of the mood.
These aren’t quick fixes to shift your mood 180 in an instant. Instead it’s a list of things that I find helpful, so they might work for you too.
Go for a walk
Read my madder fatter diary
Write a poem
Phone a friend
Listen to the Jezabels
Make a gratitude list
Do a guided mediation
At first, I planned to explain each thing and how or why it works for me but that isn’t the important part. For me I focus on doing things that will allow me to reflect and ponder a little but also shift my perspective and often that is all I need in order to feel better.
I was daydreaming a few weeks ago and I had this idea about what to do with all the thoughts whirling around in my mind.
Get a piece of paper.
Draw a line down the middle.
On one side write the title ‘things that matter.
On the other side write the title ‘things that don’t matter’
Write down the stuff on your mind into one of the 2 categories and then make a promise to yourself that you won’t allow the things that you know don’t matter to consume your time and energy.
For everything else on the other side, try and sort it out.
Maybe it’s bothering you that you haven’t spoken to a friend for a while so instead of just dwelling and probably making up a bunch of scenarios, just give them a call.
The point of the exercise is to be more practical with the things that are on your mind and to remind you that just because you keep thinking about something, it doesn’t make it important.