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August 21st, 2013

Turn that Frown Upside Down

Posted on 2013.08.21 at 13:12
So I’ve been thinking about it lately, and I believe I have slipped a bit into a negative funk over the past few weeks without realizing it. I’ve been tired and burning the candle not quite at both ends, but fairly consistently. And hand in hand with that, I’ve been letting frustrations get to me. Now that I’ve realized that, I think I need to work on minimizing their power over my mood. So, following some handy-dandy suggestions, I’m taking steps to remove the negativity.

Breaking down the big stuff: Some big projects can really appear overwhelming. Heck, maybe they really ARE overwhelming – when you consider doing them all at once. But piece by piece, they become manageable. I’m spending more time working on the little pieces. And eventually, piece by piece, a bunch of little victories become one Great Big Ginormous Accomplishment!

Saying “B’Bye Now!” to negativity: I hate giving up on people. Really I do! But I’ve learned that for reasons unknown to me, some people are just negative drama-llamas. And it is not my job to fix them or to have to tolerate their illnesses. On and off over the years, I have heard from one acquaintance who occasionally pops into my life to chastise me. And ya know the funny part? At no point in time has the chastisement been merited. That isn’t to say that I don’t screw up on occasion. But these particular occasions are not the time for the assaults that I receive. And ya know what? I’m done now being this individual’s whipping boy. B’bye now. Don’t let the door hit ya in the ass. But if it does, it won’t bother me a bit – you deserve it for behaving like such a git!

Rest: My body and I have not been cooperating lately. We just haven’t. And whether I like to admit it or not, my body is no longer keeping up with my spirit. I WANT to bounce around a million miles an hour like I have in my whole adult life, but that just isn’t happening – at least not all the time. My body needs more rest, and sometimes the internal alarms go off requiring more rest – right NOW! Whether I like it or not, I need to give in and allow myself that rest-time. And I think I need to get a little bit more stern with the forces around me who try and coax me into doing this that or the other thing. Really. I’m not kidding. No means No. If I say I’m too tired and I gotta rest, I’m serious.

Picking battles: My poor husband would probably roll his eyes with this, but the fact is I am SOOOOOOOOOO much more chilled out than I used to be. Even when I get all spun out over some issue or vent like mad over something that really ticks me off, I find that such episodes are becoming fewer and less intense. Issues that, years ago, would have made me just want to tear my hair out nowadays simply make me roll my eyes and chuckle. And what’s funny – I see more and more younger pups on the block who get all worked up and react much as I used to. I can’t help but think, “Oh my god, that is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO me!” And thus, I chuckle. I let the younger pups fight the good fight. Hopefully they will be successful in their endeavors. I was – for a while at least. But some fights just keep reoccurring as time goes on and the pendulum swings.

Sunlight: Whether it is a Vitamin D thing, or a new-agy thing, or whatever, just taking a nice little walk outside in the fresh air and sunlight does so much to improve my mood and make me realize how happy I am being where I am. No matter what, there’s always time for that!

I think on this happy hump day, I need to work on taking down the negativity and working on the positives in life. Who else is in???

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