Today is considered “blue Monday”. It is the most depressive day of the year. Anyone else feeling the winter blues? I wanted to share with you 7 ways to beat blue Monday blues. Credit card bills come and remind us of how fun Christmas was but how much money we owe, kids are over playing with their new toys, everyone has cabin fever, it is freezing cold outside, and I think most of us are just ready for Spring. We all know things have been hard for me with being a mama lately, and all of the things I listed above are also on my mind so let’s chat about how I am getting out of my funk!
1 – This may sound dumb, but put on Spice Girls Radio on Pandora and jam out with a dance party either by yourself or with your littles. Don’t the Spice Girls, Brittany Spears, Destiny’s Child, make everything better? I promise, if even for a minute, it will make you feel a little bit better.
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2 – Make a plan! Figure out what is bothering you and make a plan to make it go away. I know right now I don’t have control over a lot of things in my life, so I have made a list of the things that I can control and am figuring out what I can do to make them better. Ways I can make extra money to pay off the credit card bill, activities that King and I can do inside, etc. Having a plan to make myself happy again helps me to know that I have control over my happiness and that I can make things better!
3 – Tell your husband, best friend or someone that you trust that you need help, support, or just extra love right now. They will support you, lift you up, and be there for you. You will have someone to turn to when you are having a hard time. It always helps me so much when I can vent to someone and they have no judgements toward me. I took me a really long time to find a best friend and now I am lucky enough to have 2 of them. Jess & Kelsie are my go to girls.
4 – Take some time for yourself. I know it is hard to getaway a lot of the time, but hide in your room, binge watch Grey’s Anatomy with conversation hearts and a Diet Coke. It’s okay to want to sit and do nothing for a little bit. However, don’t let it become a habit of an all day thing. Set limits on yourself of how long you can watch a show and then get up and do something productive whether it be cleaning your house, doing laundry, or anything else.
5 – Work out. Ugh I hate this one so much, but it really does make you feel better if you do it. I’m not going to get into all the scientific stuff of all of it, but working out will make you feel better, make you stronger, and make you happier.
6 – Go out with a friend or even just to Chic-Fil-A by yourself with your littles. Getting out of the house is so good and makes me feel better. Even if we just drive around and go to Target. Heck, I would even take Walmart ha. Just get yourself out of the house.
7 – Figure out what your breaking point is, for me it is dinner. After a long day dinner is what pushes me over. It is what makes me angry at my husband, King, and everyone. Know your trigger point/breaking point and ask for help with it! Having someone know that it is the thing that pushes you over and getting help with it (I get help from ordering takeout ha) will help you to stay on top of your emotional feelings and to stay mentally in a place where you know that you are accomplishing things and happy. When you are back to a good place mentally and emotionally then add your trigger point/breaking point back in to things and see if you can handle it.
I hope these things help you. I am no expert by any means, these are just a few of the things that I have learned that help me to get myself out of a funk when I am struggling emotionally or mentally, or heck even both! I hope you are doing okay, I am always here if you need a listening ear or anything at all.
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