Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kickin' up the Happy

Yesterday was so "one of those days." I was tired because I stayed up way too late the night before, and that always puts me off my game. Then there just seemed to be a series of events, all small, that just felt gigantic to me. I hate when crap gets magnified in my brain and something that really is nothing turns into this completely over-reaching problem that colors my whole day. Ugh.

I was in a funk the whole day long. Which is never a good feeling. I was mean to my kids, short with my friends, snippy with my husband and just felt generally miserable. If you're someone I was snarky to yesterday, I'm sorry. I was a jerk.

So I twote a whiny tweet last night and my dear friend Tina suggested that I watch a funny movie. And even though I disagreed with her (I said I wanted to watch something weepy so I could have a good cry and feel better), when I started sorting through my Netflix instant queue, I found a funny movie that I had been wanting to watch (American Zombie, for any who are curious). I watched about half of it before I needed to get some real sleep, but was feeling way better after.

This morning I started thinking of things that make me feel better when I'm in a lousy mood. Here's a short list.

  • Watch a couple Auto-Tune the News videos. These guys are brilliant and no matter how often I see their vids, I laugh every time.
  • Read a novel. While I love to read just about anything, reading a novel (or at least part of one!) that I can hold in my hands generally perks me up. 
  • Play a game with the family. This one is hard to orchestrate right now with Jason's ridiculous schedule, but I love it when we all get to sit down together and play a game.
  • Hugs. Really, I just crave physical contact almost always, and if I can snag a good hug, it does wonders for my mood.
  • I'll write something. Even if it's something that I don't end up posting anywhere, the simple act of writing a bit generally helps calm me down.
  • I'll sing. I'm not a great singer, but cranking up some music and belting out at the top of my lungs is a sure-fire way to bring my mood up a notch or two.
Also, the following video from Sunday morning at my church posted last night. That definitely helped my mood!

CRC - Glee Opener from Chris Moran on Vimeo.

If you're in a bad mood, what things improve it? 
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