I’ve been feeling pretty down lately. Summer is coming to an end. I’m really unhappy at my job. Boyfriend and I don’t see each other enough because of our opposite schedules. I haven’t been getting enough sleep, eating right, or exercising. Because of all of this, I feel depressed, tired, fat, lazy, ugly and overall blah.
The interwebs must have known what was going on inside of my head because I was presented with some very helpful and uplifting blog posts today.
[Side Note: I am working on a blog reel to post for you, a list of my favorites so you can see where I find my inspiration.]
First, Amy at Just a Titch has a quick tutorial on making yourself happy. Here, Amy shares that she was having trouble doing things that were exciting for her. I can totally relate: I’m the type of person who needs something to look forward to. And while there are some exciting things happening in my somewhat-near future, I need to work to make my daily routine a little more exiting. (I also can completely relate to her first item, “Less TV/blogs/ internet.” This needs to be an ongoing goal for me.)
Next up, Moorea Seal hosts Sara from Yes and Yes in a piece about how to battle the blues. Featuring similar notes on watching less TV and trying new things, Sara’s post is prompted by an email from a reader that seems to be on a promising life path, but is just feeling a little blah (her pseudonym Oddly Listless says it all). I really appreciated Sara’s advice on trying mini-new things, because sometimes big things start out with lots of littler things, if that makes any sense. Kind of like my weekly wishes – taking things a day or a week at a time to accomplish what you hope to achieve.
Finally, this doesn’t really have anything to do with the first two links, but it made me feel happy. 750 words is a private online journal that encourages you to write every single day, which is supposed to get you thinking about other things going on in your brain that may not be at the forefront. As the creator explains, “You can’t just fart out 3 pages without running into your subconscious a little bit… 750 words takes a bit of effort, and it never fails to get me typing things that I have wanted to articulate without realizing it. And that’s the point.” I have been doing a pretty good job with blog posts this week, so I don’t think I need to add another writing obligation to my plate just yet, but maybe in the future.
And if all else fails…
It won’t work forever, but a little escapism never hurt anyone.