I have a confession to make.
I am not always a happy camper. Actually, I don’t like camping at all.
Joking aside, I get angry, sad, frustrated and, at times, resentful.
Last week was a really crappy week for me! It was one of those weeks where nothing seemed to go right and my normally good attitude went down the drain, too: I stained a brand new blouse, burnt a batch of cookies, mixed up two of my own appointments (thankfully not client appointments!!) and then got nailed with a hefty,unexpected expense.
Seriously, as the saying goes when it rains it pours.
So why am I sharing this with you?
In my role as Image Branding Expert and Coach, I set a goal to intentionally inspire, motivate and keep you accountable for your own goals. I like to lead by example. I am a happy, fun outgoing and optimistic woman!
But, I am also human.
I have days where my head is just not in the game. I get down on myself and then the domino effect of crappy events happens, just like it did last week. The difference now is that I’ve learned how to snap out of the pity party I give myself and get back on track. Re-adjust my attitude and get focused, quickly.
4 Ways to Turn That Frown Upside Down
Here’s what works for me:
1. Acknowledge how you feel
I find accepting the emotion – whether it be anger, sadness or whatever – is best. Let it out. Have a good cry, scream into a towel or write it out in a journal. Expressing whatever I’m feeling, when I’m feeling it, has had such a cleansing effect for me. It’s like wiping the slate clean and starting again.
2. Deep breath in….. exhale…..
Intentional deep breathing is also very cleansing.
Sit, close your eyes and inhale through your nose, let your belly expand, feel your chest rise, slowly count 1-2-3….. Then, release and exhale out the mouth, slowly.
Repeat until you feel more grounded or settled.
3. Laugh until you almost pee your pants
Laughter truly is the best medicine! I have a stash of funny clips on my phone or on my computer handy for those days! Sometimes just hitting up YouTube for 20 minutes of funny video clips can turn my whole day around. Consider the wise words of Charlie Chaplin:
“A day without laughter is a day wasted”
Laugh until you almost pee your pants, then laugh some more!
4. Keep a gratitude journal
A daily entry into a gratitude journal puts life into perspective.
Every day, jot down 5 things you are grateful for. No need to over-think or over-analyze what to be thankful for. Did you have hot water for a shower? Did you have food for lunch? Was the sun shining? Did your child hug you?
It is life’s simple daily pleasures that create a happier life. As I was packing boxes during our move a few months ago, I came across some old journals of mine. For over 10 years I have kept a gratitude journal! It was pretty neat reading some of those entries.
Choose just one of these four strategies and start implementing it within the next 24 hours. Let me know which one you pick by leaving a comment!