Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How to Shine Your Light When Your Day Seems Gray

"If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change." ~John A. Simone, Sr.

Life is like a rollercoaster... up, down, sideways, upside down, and back again.  We've all heard this saying before, but during the ride of life we tend to forget about the ups when we are down.  During those low moments I remind myself how good the up is going to be compared to this Debby Downer moment.  If life were all moments of sunshine I do not think we would appreciate the sun rays lighting our world and warming our day like we do, because we know what a storm looks like... and that is exactly what each individual needs to focus on during those low moments when his or her light grows dim.  FULLY GRASP that you are a blessed person- from the comfortable house you live in, to the clothes you are rockin', to the food you are grubbin'...  YOU ARE LUCKY!!  Have an attitude of gratitude during those moments of hopelessness, because that is what makes those joyous occasions so much sweeter!! 

Here are a few more tips to turn that frown upside down on a gloomy sort of day:

1.) Sing your favorite song at the top of your lungs... even if it's off key it release stress and feels so good!
2.) Do something thoughtful for someone... get that positivity flowing and pay it forward!!
3.) Write a list of things that you appreciate right now, in the present moment. Focus on each of them & let the love inside you well up. Even when it feels like a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, there are always things to be happy about.
4.) Write out your emotions.  If you are mad at someone get that anger out on paper, if you feel sad about a relationship write that person a letter... but please if it is angry do not send it!!  Just release that negativity and throw it away.
5.) Exercise.  Pound that anger out on the pavement with some running, or swim out the tears of sadness.  Working-out is not only good for you it FEELS good to.  Knowing that you accomplished something that is good for you sends a positive message to your brain.
6.) Do something for yourself.  Anything from eating that delicious chocolate cake you have been trying to avoid, to getting your hair done, to a little retail therapy always makes a person feel better.  Make sure not to overindulge, because then you can be left with more guilt.  Set a budget, keep to it, and enjoy the pleasure of pampering yourself for a breif moment in this hectic world.

(To Be Continued...)

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