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In a negative rut? We've all been there. In fact, I'm there right meow. Weeeee. Grumpy Cat - party of one. One thing went wrong then everything went wrong and now it feels like the sky is falling. I feel like a real a-hole because I have so much to be grateful for. I'm trying to be positive but it's really hard because I'm in this stupid rut. Waa waa. I'm seriously annoying myself with my negativity. When you start annoying yourself, you know it's got to be bad. I don't know how my friends can even deal with me but thanks guys, I love you so much. So, in the midst of these moody blues I have attempted to figure something out so I'm not so shitty to be around. I'm really trying to turn my frown upside down. Here are some super easy ways I've found to instantly improve my mood.
1. Work Out
I find that if I go for a run, go to the beach and take a swim, climb a bunch of stairs or at least get outside for a walk, I feel a lot better right away. Go where there are people and where there's some kind of energy. Smile at people. This is definitely my go-to mood booster. I just need to do it more.
2. Phone a Friend
Call your bestie, our besties know us and are our biggest cheerleaders in life. They will either give us a little pity or tell us to get our shit together - either way we feel better. Shout out to my besties who haven't ditched me even though I super suck right now.
3. Do Something for Someone
It can be anything, a random act of kindness toward someone you don't know, someone you do know or just take someone a coffee and a cookie or a donut or a bottle of wine. Whatever, think of someone and do something for them that will make them feel good. It feels good when we make other people feel good.
4. Make Plans
Having something to look forward to is emotionally rewarding. Plan for a movie, a concert, a lunch, happy hour, a meet up ... it could be anything. Making plans is a good way to distract your mind because now you have to figure out what you're going to wear and we all know the brain power that takes. (; Considering I've been in sweat pants for the last five days ... I'll be making a plan tout suite.
5. Make a List
Write down the things you're pissed about, then write the things you're grateful for in that moment. The more things you write in your grateful list, the more perspective you get on how good things can actually be. The list can also be a slap in the face that screams, omg knock this off these are not real problems you're embarrassing yourself. (Personal experience talking here.)
** I'd like to note that this article is specifically speaking only to being in the habit of a negative rut and my personal experience.
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