Lately I've been battling a real pile of gloomies in my head.
Call it the post-Christmas nose dive.
A pinch of seasonal depression.
Or, having sickly kids over the entire holiday season...
...you know what I mean?
I'm not often a real 'Debbie-downer' and this space is usually one for creative inspiration, et all. But heck, if I can't show my true colours here.. then I'll quit blogging.
Speaking of colours, remember those mood rings from high school?
The stone was supposed to change shades according to your temperament?
Well, I guess that would put me at a wintry grey tone right about now.
So, I thought I'd share my go-to list for splashing some colours of cheer back into my emotional 'palette':
1. Get active ~ usually the last thing I want to do in a full frump.. but so important. A gorgeous hike through snow-laden forests is just the ticket. Otherwise, if stuck at home... I crank up the music and do some ecstatic dance moves with the toddler!
2. Slow down ~ (ironic, I know). Sometimes after such a hectic season as this, the introverted side of me is needing an intervention. Some much needed quiet, cups of tea, reading and settling my soul is such a comfort.
3. Create ~ I.need.to.create. It's so woven into my core.. that going even a day without making something gets me...agitated. (Remember that's why I blog so much.. it counts as a 'quick fix' for the designer side of my head!).
4. Clean ~ another way I bust those blues... is by organising/cleaning our nest. Productivity is like Prozac (the merits of this statement are dubious)... But, if I can beat one corner of our house into submission - for even a moment - I feel a bit calmer!
5. Connect ~ Usually sadness squelches socializing. I just want to curl in a little ball in a dark cave with a burning pile of poop beside me... (wait, did I say that out loud?). Anyway, it's true. Pity parties just aren't that fun in the long run. Turns out the best 'bouncer' to invite to that party is called "Gratitude". Once I start reflecting on all the blessings in my life - despite the trials - it's like I'm shining the silver lining.
Also, when I remember there's loads of people around me who, too, would appreciate some encouragement, some kindness, somebody to really listen... then I remember to 'get over myself' and reach out. True story.
So, while there's a time for every season under Heaven, (I do believe sadness has just as much a right to be present in the heart as joy... currently) these are just a few of the measures I take to splash more cheer into my moody blue moments.
Maybe it helps some of you too?
Wishing you a warm and wonder-full new year.