Did you know November is National Blog Post Month?
In an effort to hone in on my writing skills, and face my fears about posting, I am participating in NaBloPoMo hosted by BlogHer.com. It challenges you to post every single day during the month of November. Yep, including weekends. My goal is to stay genuine about the content. I really want to steer away from posting just for the sake for posting. There are prompts that participants can follow, and sometimes I will use those prompts and other days I will post where my heart leads. Today’s prompt is…
When you’re having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself?
Many people probably don’t know this about me but I struggle with being a serious “Debbie Down-er.” I thank God every day that I was given the privilege of marrying Brett because he is the 100% opposite of me when it comes to positivity. He is Mr. Positive and helps me see things in a different light when I start to go down the dark road of negativity. So when I am having a bad mental health day, it is largely due to my lack of optimism.
Talk to God. I am a person of faith. I’m not always the best at this but I try to pray first. Sometimes I don’t know what to pray. Asking God to just help me change my mood and outlook is a great place to start. I have found that starting my day reading scripture sets me up for success and positivity. When I go through a period of time where I don’t make an effort to read scripture, I first notice it in my outlook on life. Im more of a “the glass is half empty” kind of girl if you will.
Go Outside. Being outside is a huge mood booster, especially living in Colorado. One look at the mountains reminds me to be thankful for the fact that I am breathing and that I have this incredible view to look at every morning.
Workout. There is no better cure to get out of a crappy mood than getting your blood pumping. I attend an amazing Crossfit gym in Louisville Colorado called NoCoast CrossFit. The community is amazing and the workouts are so challenging that by 3 minutes into the workout I have totally forgotten about whatever I was down about. I always leave feeling great about myself. I also run. I have a love/ hate relationship with running. My enjoyment with running is largely related to the scenery during my run. I have been known to drive many miles (in the snow, remember Brett and Dad?) just to find a new running route. But hey, whatever gets you outside and moving, who cares how many miles you drive?
Clean. The satisfaction of a clean house can turn my mood around especially if my bad mood is related to the stress I get when my house is dirty and cluttered. I heard somewhere that there are two different types of clean that people enjoy. You are either a spot cleaner or down and dirty type of cleaner. I think I am both. Sometimes I throw things in the closet just so I don’t have to look at it and other times I like a good deep bathroom scrub. Which type are you?
So there you have it! I would love for you to comment below if you have any go-to actions that help you get your out of your funk!
Image Sources: 1// Jessica for TheMountainandMoon 2// Ken Apodaca