Sometimes the glass just doesn’t feel half full. Sometimes the glass is bone dry and joy is hard to find.
I’ve had a few days like that recently. My joy well was empty. I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me both professionally and personally as I faced one disappointment and set back after another.
I wanted to crawl into my bed, pull the covers over my head, and not come out til Christmas.
Do you have moments like that? Like you just can’t take one more disappointment or piece of bad news?
So how do you combat those feelings and bring joy back into your life?
Take a break.
Sometimes as moms we take on more and more and more. We cart our kids around to 100 different activities and play dates. We cook and clean and do laundry. But we neglect ourselves.
Take just 15 minutes to make yourself an iced coffee, read a magazine article, or light a candle and shower.
Laugh out loud.
Joy and laughter aren’t necessarily the same thing, but it’s hard to feel burdened when you’re laughing.
Find a funny YouTube video or watch an episode of The Office on Netflix. Just find something to laugh about.
Talk it out.
Loneliness or even the perception of loneliness can be a definite contributor to a lack of joy. Call a friend or your sister and catch up.
Get off Facebook and get face to face with a friend at the coffee shop or local park. Having a buddy you can talk to eases the stress of everyday life.
Count your blessings.
When I am feeling down I take a few minutes to count my blessings. Sometimes it’s just a quick prayer and sometimes it’s actually writing them down. But I like to take a few minutes to acknowledge and thank God for all that he is given me, like healthy children, a roof over my head and good health.
XO Lydia - Frugal Debt Free Life