You would think that being around 10 3 year-olds that run in 10 different directions and do 10 different things every time they're asked to do one, would make me appreciate my well-behaved children causing me to treat them with things like gummy bears and cotton candy. Oh the contrary, my friends. For some reason I do the opposite.
I've been really crabby this week. Really anxious-feeling. Kinda pouty. Sort of confused. I'm worried about summer...I know that sounds weird. But it's racing by. I want 'simple' and things just seem to be more complicated. I want to sit and do nothing but Smash the stuff in my Smash book that I've had accumulating for weeks. That's all I ask! Can you tell I'm kinda still in that mood??
This week, this challenge is mostly for me...and for all you crabby Nancys that feel confused/anxious/pouty/and pissy like I do. So here's the challenge...that's not really a challenge, but a poll more or less.
What do you do to shake a bad mood?
I would not say that mine is completely shaken but I did my best yesterday afternoon/evening as I was holding down the fort alone while Jarrod was at a work thing. Here's what I did:
1. Took the kids to the pool. If I stayed home I would just be crabby with my kids...who I really am so appreciative of at this moment. I decided going to the pool and getting nothing done at home was better than staying home and being crabby.
2. Phoned a friend. Do you have a phone friend? Like somebody who won't just say what you need to hear? Somebody that will let you vent but still have a positive outlook for you and still level with you and still get you????? I do. I have a few of them actually. I am blessed with such great friends. This one made me feel instantly better yesterday. I hung up relieved to have spewed a little bit, knowing that she doesn't think any the lesser of me for it.
3. Made a Kashi frozen pizza. It was dinner...in the summer...when Jarrod's gone...and it wasn't cereal. Instant confidence booster.
4. I opened the door and let the lace curtains sway. I should really remember this one because it always seems to make my house feel like a sweet little island cabana or a beach cottage on the Outer Banks. Instant mood changer.
5. Thanked Jesus for my kids that really DON'T make me that crazy. I mean really, I think they do, but I know now that they don't . They are so good. They love each other. They love me. They are happy. They make me smile most of the time. They fall asleep after a long day of VBS and swimming on the couch at 6:30pm. And they eat Kashi Spinach and Trio Mushroom pizza...how cool are they?! I love them. Thanking Jesus for them is a good shaker of a bad mood.
6. Grabbed my pen and paper and make lists...of all sorts. When my mind is a jumble, I have to sort it out somehow. For me the best way to do that is to make a list; lists of prayers, lists of to-dos, list of groceries I need, lists of blessings, lists of things that are confusing me...just lists. When I see things on paper my mind feels like less of a mess. Are you like that?
I did all these things yesterday afternoon and evening and I can't say my mood was totally turned around, but it was definitely better. It's a challenge sometimes just to be in a good mood! So that's your challenge...tell me, how do you shake a bad mood?
If you did last week's challenge, you're probably in a great mood...seeing your freshly fluffed room(s). I can't wait to see what you did!!!!
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