Finding What Makes You Feel Good

Just like everyone else, I have days that are great when everything seems to fall into place but then I also have those days where I feel like rubbish and everything gets on top of me.

I wish it could be great all of the time and miss out on the crap stuff! My house would run smoothly, the kids would get on ALL of the time, every day would be a good hair day and I would feel fabulous! But of course… life isn’t like that. There is always going to be ups and downs and instead of trying to fight it, I try to ride with it a little more. After all, whether I’m feeling good or other times maybe not so much, I know it never stays that way for long.

But of course sometimes it can be easier said than done! Last week I was feeling flat and a bit blah. It’s great to know that it won’t last but it’s what I do about it at the time that’s important.

Because I have a busy household with five little people to look after, it’s never a good idea just to give up. If I did then I’m sure everything would become a whole lot harder! The kids still need to be looked after and taken to sports and activities, we all still need to eat and the washing needs to be done.

Five years ago when our family was going through the hardest of times, my special little people kept me going even when I didn’t feel like it. And without realising it at the time, the routine was actually really good for me. And on the days that I didn’t feel like doing anything at all, getting out in the fresh air was good for the soul. Sometimes (especially with the more kids you have!) it can seem easier just to stay put but I find if I don’t think about it too much and just pack the kids up and head out, I always feel better by the time I come home.

I’ve learnt that it’s ok to say how I feel to my family and friends, instead of pretending that everything is alright all of the time. I used to think it was easier just to smile and say everything was fine but really, in the long run I would feel worse! Sometimes it’s good just to have a cry and let it out, it actually makes me feel a little better.

What do you do to lift your spirits when you’re feeling flat?