We get into funks. Things piss us off. Things don’t always go the way we want. And then there are times when there’s absolutely nothing wrong, yet we just feel “off.”
We’ve all had these moments where we’re not feeling like our best selves. And sometimes you’d rather stay here in the mopey state because it feels productive to dwell on the negative. Someone will meet us there and validate our feelings and then we will feel better. Or so we think. We won’t feel better – at least not in the long-term. And that’s what I’m looking for… a sustainable long-term fulfillment. This post was inspired by a recent “not great” day that I turned around and I felt the positive vibrations for DAYS to follow.
4 Ways to Turn Your Day Around
- Forgive yourself.
There comes a point in your life when you have to learn to forgive yourself. Not once, not twice, but every day. Endlessly. We are worthy beings regardless of the mistakes we made or think we made. When you begin to practice self-forgiveness, be prepared for positive repercussions. You will feel whole once again and you’ll remember you were always enough.
- Get outside.
Whether it’s a quick loop around the block or a deliberate choice to spend time in nature, get outside and bring your curiosity with you. Challenge yourself to notice the fine details and you will soon feel the world expand. You play a role in this world, but it does not revolve around you and your problems. Appreciate all of the moving pieces that live alongside you effortlessly.
- EFT. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. Now before I tell you about it, I have a request to make. Try it 5 times. That’s all I ask. The process allows you to repeat positive affirmations while performing a type of acupressure along your body’s meridian points (tapping at these points). You’re essentially stimulating your body’s energy flow. You will feel absolutely ridiculous at first and maybe every time you do it for the foreseeable future, but it brings me peace, courage, or whatever it is I’m looking for and its effects are long-lasting. Some will think it’s a little “woo woo” and others will just think it’s stupid. But I practice stepping outside of my comfort zone and that includes adding in a little “woo” here and a little “woo” there. Search YouTube for Brad Yates.
- Challenge yourself. When we’re feeling low, our inclination is to take it easy on ourselves. Before you give in too quickly to your desire to go straight home to the couch, try something challenging. This can vary greatly, but for best results, choose something you’re feeling resistance toward and lean into it, just a little bit. When I’m feeling down on myself, I want nothing more than to curl up on the couch and wallow. But I make a deal with myself. What if first, I practiced yoga for 20 minutes? What if first, I read 15 pages in my book? What if first, I knocked out a draft in my blog post? What if first, I took my dogs on a walk – they would love that.
Bonus: I’d like to additionally share my favorite kundalini yoga practice for mental strength. I follow a class on YogaGlo, but it can be as simple as sitting with a straight spine, crossed legs, and folding one arm on top of the other (think the Genie from Aladdin). Then hold for 7 minutes, breathing through the discomfort when it appears. And it will. Convince yourself that there is no other option than to hold this pose until the timer rings. The lesson here is that you can do more than you think you can. You are capable of more than you know. Flex your mental strength “muscle” and be amazed by how powerful our minds are when we make a commitment.