Blah days. We all have them. Some of us more than others.
You know the days, where you just don’t feel “right”, maybe you’re unproductive and unmotivated, maybe the kids are driving you nuts, maybe you and your husband bickered early in the morning (or before bed, even). Maybe your self-confidence is just dragging. Perhaps the house is a wreck and you can’t find anything. Things are out of control, and you just feel blah.
(please tell me you have those days, too)
It’s much better, if I can catch it early in the day and change my tune right away. I’ve shared here, how I prefer to start my days to try to nip those “blah” days before they can take control, but realistically, I still have those days more than I’d prefer.
And on those days, I have found a few simple things that help me out.
1) Take just a few minutes to yourself to refocus. Sometimes, it can be sneaking off to the bathroom alone, sometimes it can mean setting a 15 minute timer and picking up one room in the house, or making the bed. A lot of times, it means stepping outside, for just a few minutes. I don’t know what it is about just getting outside the house, breathing fresh air that helps me, but it usually does. If I have a couple minutes that I can sneak away from Elizabeth, just a trip to the end of the driveway can help clear my head.
2) Wash your face. It helps, I swear. Cleaning my face is like cleansing my soul sometimes, it just makes me more alert – clears the fog. I have always been a shower right before bed person, but sometimes, especially during the hot summer days, if I have a few extra minutes (haha) I have to sneak into the shower – it wakes me back up, Rinses off the long, hot morning, and gives me endurance to face the afternoon. If your babies are little, bring the pack-n-play in the bathroom with you. I’m all for co-bathing, but if you’re trying to rest your heart and head, you need those few minutes alone.
3) When my self-confidence is low, it’s usually because I haven’t taken the time I needed for ME! Putting on real clothes (you know, getting out of your pjs, and even your yoga pants) really does make me feel better and more presentable. It shows my daughter and my husband that I’m at least trying. But on days when I need that comfort, but my confidence is low, Just a spritz of my favorite perfume and one coat of mascara helps drastically!! Try it!
We set such high expectations for ourselves as women. The house has to be neat, meals need to be gourmet, your hair has to be just right, you can’t skip a work out, you’ve got to do something special for your husband, the kids need to look presentable… and on and on and on…
Let it go, Mama. I am learning to let things go – and it is hard for my OCD – but the more I let go, and focus on the positive things that have happened, or the beauty that surrounds us daily, the more at peace I am, and the less “blah” days I have. I am striving to cherish the simple things, and to let go of complicated.
So what, if the kids have had the same thing for lunch every day this week – they were fed. So what, if you only worked out 3 days this week, that’s three days that you did something for yourself. So what if you forgot to send that paper back to school, the world will not end.
I challenge you to let some things go, too. And, I’d love to know, how YOU get by on those blah days. What helps you overcome those moments?!