Life is not on my side this week. I blame April. April has been out to get me for a while now. I really don’t like you, April. No one needs all your flowers and sunshine, okay? Save it for May when I can frolic out in the fields (i.e. watch Netflix in my bed) instead of being sardined into crowded seminar classrooms.
And as the dreaded April has arrived, I have been considering a few of the things that I find myself doing to get me out of my April-funk.
1. Exercise. There is nothing better than exercise when it comes to picking up my mood. Personally, I find high-intensity sports are the best for those endorphins (running/climbing) but, walking can work well too. Usually, anything that gets me moving and lets my brain wander away from what’s troubling me is helpful.
2. Watch TV. Okay, this is probably counter-intuitive to #1 but, sometimes the one thing that gets me through the day is knowing I can lay down in my bed and watch Netflix when I get home. There is nothing like watching a few Grey’s Anatomy reruns to make me feel better (because fictional problems are always infinitely worse in comparison).
3. Talk to someone. Usually, it is helps for me to tell someone about what I am experiencing. Sometimes it helps just to hear someone say, “Wow – that sucks.”
4. Go outside. When I am feeling really stressed, I like to go outside and take a breath. Something about being inside when my brain is about to explode makes everything seem worse. Going outside is a reality check – The world is big. This problem is small. You’ll be fine.
5. Think about all the things that are going right. I am a believer in the self-fulfilling prophecy. If you expect bad things are going to happen, it’s more likely that you’ll be anticipating and, the sting will be worse. At least for me, when I focus on good things (there has to be at least one thing, even if it was eating waffles for breakfast) it helps me refocus myself and encourages me to keep expecting good things rather than dwelling on the bad.
How do you deal with stress/bad days?