Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How to Turn that Frown Upside Down

Yesterday started out as a cranky, rough day.  Although I was pumped to see the Royals win, I don’t function well on little sleep.  Less sleep plus my allergies kicking in led to me feeling pretty crappy.  

I started out thinking that the day would be “wasted.”  I wasn’t nice to Dan as I shook him awake for work.  I grudgingly participated in my 7 am conference call (with almost no voice).  

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Then I started thinking about ways that I could improve my day.  Ways to turn my frown upside down.  It started out slow, but the more I did, the better I felt.  Here is what I did:

-Took medicine. Not my favorite thing to do, but allergy headaches require it sometimes.  

-Packed in the fruits and veggies. I tried to shove as many nutrients into my meals as possible and probably ate 8 servings of F+V

-Avoided sugar. On days when I am tired, I gravitate towards sugar, but it always make me feel worse in about 1 hour.  Yesterday I was successful until those four dark chocolate kisses right before bed. 

-CHUGGED hot tea and water.  Hot tea always makes me feel better - herbal mint and green tea are a winning combo.

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-Worked out.  I didn’t know how I was going to squeeze my workout in yesterday.  However, when I arrived home from work I found that Ina was still napping.   I resisted the (very strong) urge to cuddle in bed next to her and instead did two 15 minute workouts, one strength and one HIIT.

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-Accepted backup.  My mom, bless her heart, knew I was going to be tired after the game and planned on making us dinner after she watched Ina all day.  

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Wild caught salmon, potato, and veg.  Maybe I should be “tired” more often?

-Danced with Ina after she grabbed my hands and said, “Momma, I dance with you!"

-Studied God’s word.  After dinner I drove to the church for my ladies' small group.  

By the end of the day, I wasn’t feeling amazing, but I did feel a lot better, and was happy I didn’t waste my 14 hours.

What do you do to reverse your mood?  Any tried and true ways to turn that frown upside down?

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