Oh my gosh, I’ve been dark, lately! You probably agree. This morning, I decided I need to change my outlook, since we’ll be in this pickle for the long haul, and I don’t want to live in darkness the whole time.
So I made a list that will help me avoid negativity, even when I’m surrounded by bad stuff. Maybe you’ll find one or two of these helpful?
Walk through a garden. My city has a municipal rose garden, my yard is a garden and my neighborhood is a garden. Find the closest garden to you and walk through the beautiful, happy and colorful flowers. Drink it all in.
Focus on “right now.” Are you cooking a meal? Throw yourself into it. Are you sitting with your dog? Play hard! Reading a book? Dig deeply into it. Streaming a video? Get lost in it. Live in the now. Right now is all we have, anyway.
Take a breath break. Taking in oxygen promotes good circulation and happier moods. If you don’t meditate, stop once an hour or so and take three deep breaths. Release negativity with each breath.
Make a happy plan. We are having a patio lunch for our favorite vaccinated and careful couple this week. I will set the table with roses from my garden. Open a bottle of my favorite sparkling rose wine. I am making my special lasagna. And we will talk and laugh for a few hours. Planning this is so much fun!
Go outside and get a little sweaty. Get that blood flowing by walking, biking or doing something physical.
Get rid of what doesn’t serve you. It might be constantly focusing on the dark side of our lives now. It might be toxic people. Whatever it is, if it no longer serves you, extricate yourself. This morning I realized that my unfollowing of certain people on social media has done wonders for my mood.
Do random acts of kindness. This is my favorite. Reaching out to help others is always a mood booster. I’ve cooked and given meals to others this month. Written notes in cards to people who could use a lift, even a couple strangers. I’ve donated to some dogs in need. Given some little housewarming gifts via Amazon to the daughter of someone who is starting her first household. And donated to people in need.
Walk away from all arguments, whether on social media or in real life. I don’t have to say more on this.
Find something helpful? I hope you’ll let me know what works for you in the Comments!
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