Pick Me Ups
You may have noticed recently that I have been less than my normally sunny self. Life has been a little bit crazy and it appears that I do not have the mental and emotional resources to cope as well as I would like.
The competing pressures of work, housework, the house build, deciding whether we are going to stay or move from our current rental, after school activities and the stress of increasingly anxious kids will do that to you.
So in a bid to avoid wallowing in an ocean of my own self-pity, I have been trying out my usual pick me ups, to see whether they can help get me through this hump.
1. Trash TV
Bring on The Block, Downton Abbey, Castle, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory and Happy Endings. These shows do the job of keeping me occupied from dwelling on all the real life stuff and usually give me a laugh in the process, which I sorely need right now.
2. Go-to DVDs
Don’t we all have those classic movies that are our go-to DVDs when we are sick or down? Mine are the usual rom coms (Love Actually, The Wedding Planner, etc), historical classics (Pride & Prejudice, Lost in Austen, etc) and my favourite webseries (Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The Guild, etc). They are oldies but goodies.
3. Upbeat music
I love cranking out the beats when I’m down and need a pick me up. Music has always soothed my soul. Funky dance tunes, frothy pop and smooth grooves ease the burden of my mind and gives me a pick me up whenever I am down. You cannot underestimate the power of a good tune.
4. Getting Social
Getting together with friends also goes a long way to helping me feel better when I am down. I am looking forward to a much needed catch up with some other mums in a couple of weeks time. I’m looking forward to the wine, the food and the company – they get it and sometimes an understanding ear is all you need to pick yourself up and dust yourself off.
5. Kiddy Cuddles
If all else fails, try the kiddy cuddle. These never fail. There’s something about snuggling with the kids and holding on as if you’ll never let go that makes everything alright again. Kiddy cuddles cure just about everything. They are awesome.
What are your favourite pick me ups?
Linking up again with Essentially Jess for IBOT – have a happy Tuesday everyone!