When your life goes "south", what do you do to perk up?
November 6, 2009 8:18am CST
When life's getting you down, what do you do about it? I'll share some things that I do to make myself feel better! When I'm sad (usually due to financial stress), I have to get back to the basics. What are the simple (Free) ways to slow down, take stock of what you have in your life and cherish it. It's almost going back to being a kid where the simple things can make you excited or happy. One thing that I do is run. When I'm in a slump, I have to MAKE myself get up early in the morning to go for a run. Even though I hate getting up early, when I'm done, I feel much more refreshed and alive. It's a time ALONE (my daughter and husband are still in bed) with myself to reflect and take in the beautiful surroundings. I start my day off being refreshed, energized, and ready for the world. Another thing that I've done is start a journal. It's amazing the difference of how I feel when I write or do not write regularly in a journal. When I write, I slow down and think about things in my life. I write down what happened that day, things I need to do, or goals and inspirations. Share some things that help you get out of sadness or depression and make you feel great!
6 Nov 09
Well life is getting me down too. I am turning fifty by the end of this month. I married late in life and got my son at the age of forty. The the problem is that my son is young and full of energy whereas I am middle aged with my body full of all kinds of diseases and the result is I am tired all the time. I drag myself to do all the household work and on top of that my son is undisciplined and his habits increase my work load. In the morning, I clean the entire house and by evening it is in mess again.Whatever I may say to my son, he never listens. At the moment changing his habits are my major worry due to which I am stressed all the time. If I watch TV at night, he will sit along with me. Finding myself unable to change him, I have decided to change myself. I no longer watch TV at night and go to sleep by 9.15PM. This way I am up by 5 AM and then I go for a walk. On my return I wake him up send him to school by 7.15AM and then finish my household work and again by 9 AM I am out of house for my Yoga class. Now this suits me fine and I feel lively again.
• United States
6 Nov 09
YES! This is exactly what I'm talking about. I'm not exactly in the same situation, but I can relate. Sometimes I feel like I'm never going to catch up to the speed that my life is going. It's like my life is a speeding car, and I'm just along for the ride, rather than being the driver of it :) I have a three year old daughter. After I clean from top to bottom, after one day, it can look as if I hadn't cleaned in two weeks because she just tears everything apart! And, yes, I have learned that sometimes I have to change my own habits for my daughters sake and for my own. Thing is.. THEY'RE HABITS! Old habits die hard. I've been trying to remember that change is good. Change is the only evidence of life- Evelyn Waugh