Life can be exhausting. Especially when you are leading an organization, facing a deadline, out of sorts for personal reasons, not feeling well, or a myriad of other reasons we all experience.
And today, a Tuesday, I am exhausted. Why? It’s only the second day of the week. This is not good.
Like so many, I’m on multiple deadlines, looking at a goal that is realistic but will require a lot of energy, starting a new project, and not sleeping well.
Does this sound familiar to you?
My first thought today was that I should simply stay in bed, my second was to go shopping – yes, I am very susceptible to retail therapy. And yet, here I am checking off another “to do” as I write this blog post at the end of the day, following several other big red check marks!
How do we manage to pull it together at times like this?
Well, today, instead of moping, I danced. Yes I did. In my kitchen – by myself and also with my husband.
Today I danced.
I bounced around making lunch, I twirled my way to my desk, and I shared a sweet moment with my handsome hubby.
And as I danced around in those few lighthearted moments, I was amazed to feel my stress lift, my mind clear, and my doldrums retreat.
I won the battle.
I found joy in the music. I found myself dancing. I centered myself. I refocused and accomplished much. Still tapping my toes with a smile on my face.
We all have days like this when our mood and our task list don’t match. Everyone will have a different way to pull themselves out of the gloom and doom moods we find ourselves in on occasion. Today mine was dancing. Next time I may take a walk, another time it may be a quick trip to the nearest coffee house that snaps me out of the rut I’ve found myself in. There are many ways to pick ourselves up and start new, below are a few ideas I’ve tried and found helpful.
- Dance – yes, that’s a cheat since I already mentioned it, but it works, so I wanted to share it again.
- Listen to Music – this goes along with dance, or not. Play your favorite play list, the one that makes you sing along, or tap your toes. You know which one that is, the one that makes you happy. Dancing is optional, but listening is not.
- Break Away – walk away from your task and take a huge breath then let it out slowly. Stretch your arms high and then bend from side to side. Touch your toes (if you still can) and then reach for the sky again. Just removing yourself from your “workspace” and allowing your body to move and breathe and stretch will make a huge difference.
- Take a Walk – there are days I simply walk around the office, or around my kitchen island, but walking outside is my best soother. The fresh air, movement and gorgeous blue sky always help me to re-center myself. Nature has a way of peeling back our layers of doubt and frustration. Do it, you might even want to keep a pair of sneakers at your desk so you can make a mad dash when the need arises!
- Be Extra Nice – it’s scientifically proven, but more important, it’s just a good thing to do: being nice to someone else, being of service to someone else, buoys your own spirit as much or more than it does theirs! Compliment someone and watch their smile – smiles are infectious you know. Being nice doesn’t take energy, it just takes effort. Do it and watch KARMA go to work!
- Exercise – if you’re at a point in your day where you can walk away, don’t walk, jog to the gym…or just jog! Exercise will help your mood, your health, and your mind. It’s a win-win-win.
- Playtime with Your Pet – let’s be real, our pets are our best friends. And they don’t talk back, argue, or make us feel stupid (usually). Snuggling against that gorgeous golden retriever, or curling up with your purring cat will calm you. Remember, they love you unconditionally.
- Freshen Up – take a quick break in the restroom and freshen up, wash your face and hands, reapply make-up, comb your hair, straighten your clothing, stand up straight, take a deep breath and head back to the task at hand. We always feel better when our look is fresh and comfortable.
No matter what the challenge, I know you are up to it. And I hope these thoughts will help you the next time you’re in a slump. But most of all…
I hope you dance!
Jean Krisle is a motivational keynote speaker and Founder of 10,000Beds, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The mission of 10,000 Beds is to connect those seeking help for addiction to those who are willing to help through donated addiction treatment scholarships from vetted treatment programs throughout the United States.
As a keynote speaker and certified life & recovery coach Jean’s goal is to provide inspiration and instruction to individuals, leaders, teams and organizations on the topics of leadership, resilience and possibility. She believes the glass ceiling is broken and encourages attendees to pause and evaluate where they are and where they want to be, then provides 5 steps to achievement (stop, look, excelerate).
Jean donates a portion of her speaking fees to the work and mission of 10,000 Beds. The mother of a son in recovery, she comes from a place of gratitude in all she does.
You can reach Jean at email@example.com.
You can also support the life-changing mission of 10,000 Beds by making a contribution at 10000beds.org.
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