Welcome back to my breakdown of my Healthy Living Alphabet
Ever had a case of the Mondays? You know that feeling: the alarm goes off, the kids are up early, your head is pounding and all you want to do is bury yourself deep in your bed for a few more hours and sleep. Even as I write this, I’m having one of those days. —–>cranky<——. Those are the days there is not enough coffee in the world to wake you up and not enough wine in your house to calm your frazzled nerves.
I’ve been there. Many times. I get it. Those days suck. Big time.
Those are the days I don’t accomplish much. Those are the days people tend to avoid me (and not just because I look frazzled with mismatched socks, no make-up and very likely, unbrushed hair). Those are the days I nickname myself the Big Dark Cloud of Doom (BCDC for short ). And those are especially the days I have to work extra hard to get myself motivated to do anything.
I don’t think I need to say that I’m not a fan of those days but if nothing else, it’s taught me that a bad mood is never an excuse or reason to slack off. What it is, is an opportunity to re-evaluate why I’m feeling the way I feel. Have I been getting enough sleep? Have I been eating well (I find that if I eat too many foods that are processed, greasy, I get sluggish, ill-tempered and angry tummy comes to visit)? Am I dealing with stress poorly (eating to cope rather than going for a walk, run, extra playtime with Fit Boy)? All of these things can bring out the worst in me so I make a conscious effort to spend some time evaluating my Razzle to see if it’s in the Dazzle category or the Frazzle category.
It’s easy to go for a run when you’re in a good mood, motivated and everything is going well in life. When life starts to get the better of you and your stress increases and motivation decreases, it’s a very natural response to want to run and hide. I would challenge you (as I often do myself) to fight back against those habits and practices that do more harm than good. Evaluate why it is that you might be feeling the way you are and work to make small changes to combat those feelings before the situation gets out of hand.
I know for myself, I need to get more sleep so I’m making the effort to get to bed earlier, even if it’s only 15 minutes, it’s a start and my mood and attitude are sure to improve. Then there’s no stopping the Razzle Dazzle.