How To Beat The Rainy Day Blues

by - April 25, 2018

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It's rainy here in Pennsylvania today and I have to admit I am kind of loving it.  Because I work every other weekend (this weekend) I am off the Wednesday's before my work weekend (today).  The fact that I have been enjoying my day got me thinking about those days when it is incredibly hard to beat the rainy day blues or just the blues in general.  Do you ever get the rainy day blue or the blues in general?  It happens to me every once in a while, maybe because of a bad nights sleep, maybe because of something happening in my life or maybe because of a tough day at work.  Whenever I am feeling a little blue I try and nip it in bud as quick as possible so that it doesn't pour over into my life and affect my relationships.  Here are the ways I try to tackle the rainy day blues...

Write down something positive about yourself...
Yes, get out a piece of paper and a pen, no pencil... you not erasing this!  Write down something you find beautiful about yourself, whether it be that you have nice hair or that you were so sweet to your sister last week or that you ran for 10 minutes instead of 5 at the gym, write it down and give yourself credit for the positive.

Read and repeat positive affirmations...
Just Google 'positive affirmations', a million will pop up.  Two affirmations that I tell myself often are "this too shall pass" and "I am in charge of how I feel today and I am choosing happiness".  Here is a link a link to 19 Positive Affirmations That’ll Change the Way You Think and here is another link to 50 Positive Affirmations You Should Tell Yourself.

Get up and go for a walk...
I talk about walking all the time but that's because walking brings me peace and happiness.  During the winter months I take my walk to the gym.  If I am headed outside for a walk I try and focus on my surroundings, maybe the trees, the birds or even something new happening (like did my neighbor get a new car?)  If I head to the gym I either listen to some positive music (Taylor Swift is my gym buddy), a fun and interesting podcast (I love The Skinny Confidential) or a book on tape.  And don't look at the news at the gym that will just make things worse.

Stay off social media or unplug altogether...
Social media can be fun for sharing but also can be the biggest culprit of social comparison.  Social media only allows us glimpse into someones life and it is 99% of the time that glimpse is of something positive that person wants to highlight and share.  And these days the photos on social media are curated and not a reflection of real life.  This only amplifies comparison and insecurities.  It's better to stay of social media until your mood has shifted, don't focus on the lives of other's focus on your life.  Unplugging altogether can do wonders.  Turn off that cell phone and pick up a book, have a long chat with your loved one or cook a delicious, multi step dinner.  This can help reset a bad mood.

Spa day...
After a long, tiring rainy day, when the blues feel impossible to shake it's important to treat yourself.  Schedule a massage, a manicure and pedicure or give yourself an at home spa day.  You may remember this post, where I shared a step by step guide to an at home spa day.  I personally love an at home spa day, there is something about it that gives me a sense of accomplishment and I always end up with positive results without over spending.

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