Do you ever wake up feeling in a bit of a funk or feeling down for no apparent reason? How do you deal with it? Do you throw a pity party and just roll with it? Or do you have a specific routine that helps you? I particularly love a dance off where I dance like nobody is watching. Apparently it’s good for your soul too and for releasing trapped energy in our body.
Recently, I had a realisation: It takes so little to change your mood provided you’re willing to listen to your inner GPS, really tune in and notice how you feel. The next, obvious step is to take action. But this is where it gets tricky most times. We don’t really want to do anything about it, right? We just want to be left alone and feel miserable (I’ll admit, I do that myself sometimes!)
However, if you always allow yourself to feel this way without no apparent reason or without taking action, it’s really easy for a small thing to spiral and once you’re down that rabbit hole of negativity and anxiety, it takes a lot more effort to come back out.
I’ve had a week of not feeling so great and generally out of my normal routine and not with the great energy I am used to have. But that’s all good, I have accepted that I have weeks like these sometimes and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Over the weekend, I’ve realised that it will take so little to change my mood especially that the sun was shining so beautifully outside. So I put my trainers on, grabbed my headphones and headed out towards the park. I live 5 minutes away from a gorgeous park with a nice lake and I don’t take advantage of it enough.
I walked, then jogged, read and listened to the noise around me and then took a moment to meditate and really tune in. I find these moments to be the most precious ones because they are so important and determine what actions we take next. It’s very easy to throw a pity party, especially when we’re in a funk. However, it’s not as easy to really ask yourself: What is it that bothers me?
On the surface, there’s usually nothing apparent but when you tune in, you’ll discover what’s eating at you. You might not be ready to always deal with it, it might feel uncomfortable at times but in the end if you’ll always ignore it, it won’t actually go away. Quite the opposite! In time, it might affect you more or it will even become your default reaction. Thus, you’ll pile up a load of emotions which will lead to unwanted blockages.
In moments like these, I especially like practising gratitude to really get me centred and appreciate the little things that I have and I can enjoy right now alongside the bigger things in my life.
It’s amazing how much better the whole world seems once you take the time to comfort yourself. As Tony Robbins says: Change your expectations for appreciation and you will have a completely different life. Of course, it’s a lot easier to focus on outside sources to make us happy but think about it, is that really sustainable? People around you will always disappoint you and not because they intend to but because they can’t give you their undivided attention. Do you know who can, on the other hand, always look after you? That’s right, YOU and only YOU. And trust that the BIG U (aka Universe) always supports you, whatever choices you make. (If you want to dig into this more, I recommend this Abraham Hicks talk).
Let go, accept what is in the present moment. Remember: HOME is wherever you’re with YOU. Nothing trumps feeling at peace within.
So I invite you to take a look in today:
How do you feel?
What can you do to help and support youself if you’re having a bad day?
Pop your answers below, curious to know how you deal with these moments 😉
It’s time you take some action and allow yourself to feel gratitude, always, regardless of circumstances that might be out of your control.
Be kind to yourself,
P.S. I love this podcast on The Tim Ferriss show, where Tony Robbins shares this awesome exercise on practising gratitude. I definitely recommend the whole episode, it’s pretty epic! But if time doesn’t allow you, the exercise starts at 01:07:22. Enjoy! 😃