straight jacket There is not one person on this planet that doesn’t have the occasional “off” day; a day when you just don’t feel like getting out of bed or when your frustration level is just off the chart. Some days we just don’t feel good about ourselves in general. We struggle with our path in life, choices we’ve made, goals we may have missed the mark on, and we just aren’t feeling our best.

Here are 12 ways to give a positive boost to a not-so-good day:

  • Laugh – What makes you laugh? Is there a movie you’ve wanted to see? Well, go see it! If going to the movies isn’t your thing, there are many ways to stream movies at home which let’s you stay in your pajamas and watch all those great comedies you’ve missed in the past few months.
  • Get outside – Go for a walk. Pull up a chair and just sit in the fresh air. Head to the park, lay on a blanket, and read. Just get out into nature and relax. Getting outside of the four walls will help relieve tension and will give you clearer thinking.
  • Play – Play is not just for kids anymore. There was a time when adults felt foolish playing and having a good time. After all, isn’t that a sign of immaturity? Who cares. PLAY AWAY! Hopscotch with the neighborhood kids, throw the Frisbee for your pup. Have a snow ball fight. Playing will help the blood flow and will help your mood.
  • Plan – The second best thing to having an adventure is planning it. And, “adventure” doesn’t need to be a long vacation. There are many one day adventures you can go on. So whether it’s the trip of a life time, a two day getaway, a stay-cation, or a one day trip….get out the brochures and start planning. Daydreaming is a great way to offset your “off” day.
  • Be spontaneous – The opposite of planning is spontaneity. Get up and go. What have you wanted to do within a 60 mile radius of you home? Well, my friend, there is no better time than now! As Nike says, JUST DO IT!
  • Create – Cook a new recipe. Bake and decorate a cake. Try a new juice combination. Whip up some healthy treats for your pup. Scrapbook. Paint your guest room. Build a bird house. Plant a garden. The possibilities are endless.
  • Unplug – Don’t be scared. I know the thought of no cell phone, tablet, or laptop can cause panic. I’m here to help. Just read “Unplugged: Disconnecting and Connecting in 3 Easy Steps” and give it a try. You just might like it.
  • Yoga – Few things will get you grounded in an hour more than a yoga class. Not sure it’s for you? How do you know? Yoga classes come in all different shapes and sizes. There are classes for every ability and experience level so check it out. You’re going to be pleasantly surprised.
  • Open up – Open those curtains, pull up the blinds, and open those windows. Even if it’s cold outside, letting in a burst of cool fresh air will do wonders.
  • Color – By now I’m sure you’ve heard about adult coloring. Coloring, like doodling, allows our minds to fully focus on something else for a little while. Actually, it’s a process. When you first sit down to color your mind is mostly still focused on your stress level and little on creation. During coloring, things seem to even out. The longer you color the more creative you become and the less time you have for thinking about whatever is causing your “off” day. After creating, you may find that things are just a little more in perspective than they were before you started. Millions of people can’t be wrong.
  • Make someone smile – Maybe what you need is a good ole dose of “stop wallowing” in order to get you back on track. Visit an old friend, take an elder to lunch, or bring some fresh fruits and veggies to a neighbor that could use a bit of cheer. Making someone else’s day is better than any vitamin on the market.
  • Get inspired – Meditation, prayer, bible study…. Spend time doing whatever helps you get focused on what’s really important in life and inspires you.

Health and wellness isn’t just for the body. If you find that your not-so-good days are more frequent than now, tell your doctor. After all, you are a total package and you have to take care of yourself mind, body, and spirit.

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