My 5-step (non-scientific) method to having a better day

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Some days are harder than others. When stress piles up, hardship gets you down, or you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed – it can be surprisingly hard to turn your day around and get into a positive mindset. I get it, and I’ve been there. In fact, this happens to me regularly. So how do I tap into my resourcefulness to use what is available to me to get happy and start enjoying my day? Read-on!

It’s worth noting before we begin that if you are feeling depressed or suicidal please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. These tips are just what has worked for me personally when I’ve been grumpy and are by no means medical advice.

1. I take my vitamins. WebMD shares that the absence of some vitamins and nutrients in your diet can contribute to mental health issues. I personally know that when I’m not taking all of my vitamins, my antidepressant doesn’t seem to work as well. I also know that eating a balanced diet can better take care of my body than just taking vitamins, but working full-time with two young kids at home means sometimes a vitamin is more reliable than my ability to eat well. (Insert shrug emoji here.)

2. I take a shower. My mom always says, “at least you can still take a shower” if I’m having a bad day, and for some reason taking a shower does help lift my spirits. It could be because taking care of yourself feels like you’ve accomplished something, which can help banish the blues, or simply because showers feels nice!

3. I go for a gamified walk. I love a mindful walk, or walking and listening to an audiobook, but my favorite way to get some exercise and have fun is to play a game like Pokemon Go or Harry Potter Wizards Unite while I walk. Augmented reality gaming takes you out of your world and places you into a magical or whimsical world, something I truly appreciate when the going gets tough.

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4. I eat or drink something in an indulgent way. Even if the item is just a cup of tea, I can curl up on the couch with the tea and a blanket, stop working for a moment, and watch 15 minutes of a movie (I’m a serial re-watcher, so movie snippets work for me as I have the plot memorized).

5. I watch TV in bed. I know this is a big no-no for healthy sleep habits, but sometimes you need an extra dose of dopamine before you drift off for the night. I love to watch Parks and Rec in bed if I’ve had a rough day. Nothing else. I can’t explain why that is, but I know snuggling up in bed and watching Leslie Knope works for me.

I hope this silly list of cozy, comforting things is helpful to you, and/or gets you thinking about your own list of cozy, comforting things. Please share your comfort list with me too! I’m always looking for new ideas on how to intentionally turn a tough day into a good day.

Wishing you lots of comfort, love and good sleep on this Monday.

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