Do you ever wake up and just know it’s going to be one of those days? You’re feeling flat, anti-social or possibly want to have a tantrum like one of your kids.
…We’ve all been there.
A grumpy mood is common place. But when you’re a mum, hiding under the sheets isn’t an option. But before your next mini meltdown strikes, try these natural pick-me-ups. They work for me.
Music to my ears. When was the last time you updated your playlist? Music is a powerful tool to influence mood. Download your ultimate ‘feel-good’ playlist and feel that foul mood melt away.
Laughter is no doubt the best medicine. That’s because a good chuckle decreases stress hormones, improves your resistance to infections, and triggers the release of endorphins (just like exercise), which bolsters the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. According to Kids Health, laughing together as a family is a way to connect, and a good sense of humor also can make kids smarter, healthier, and better able to cope with challenges. Look back on old photos or put on a silly hat and chase your toddler around the house.
Get a move on. Tiredness can easily creep up on busy mums, but that’s no excuse to throw in the fitness towel. Even if it’s just a 20 minute mind-freeing walk around the block, that’s enough to alleviate some of the tension, spark alertness and productivity.
Keep it neat. Is your house a minefield of laundry, dishes, homework and toys – a bit like a bomb just exploded? Its enough to drive you mad. Studies show that clutter and mess actually cause anxiety.
“Clutter overwhelms us because it causes excessive stimuli so our senses go into overdrive. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives,” Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter wrote in an article for Psychology Today.
It might put your mind at ease to get things in order. Achieving a sense of tidiness (and control) can be as simple as making your bed every morning, rehanging clothes, or most importantly, finding a home for everything in the house. When everything you own has a home, it takes minutes to pick things up and put them away, not to mention locate them when you need them in a flash.
Count your blessings. As a mum, it’s easy to let one frustration or ‘failure’ put you down. Rather than concentrate on what is lacking and wrong in your life, reflect on all that is right and be thankful for all you have. In an article ‘6 Drug-Free Ways to Boost Your Mood” by Dr Susan Biala M.D. suggests replaying “what went well” to create a sunny disposition, helping you shift to a more positive thinking pattern and state of mind. In other words, establish a regular practice of gratitude.
What mood are you in now?