How To Cope With Bad Moods

I must admit, I’m in a bit of a funk today.

I had another post already in the works to post today but I feel the need to write this instead.

It’s that kind of funk that your normal cup of coffee can’t touch. I’m not even sure why I’m feeling this way. Maybe it’s a combination of being out late last night (and by that I mean 9:30 hahaha), having 2 sick kiddos this week, not taking care of myself properly, yada yada yada.

The point is, regardless of whatever excuses I can make for why I feel this way, I. still. woke. up. this. morning. There have been so many people I have watched lately fight for their life. Fight for the opportunity to just get to wake up in the morning. Each day is a gift from God. Sometimes we just need to take a moment and reflect on that fact and all we have to be thankful for.

There is always something to be thankful for.

There is a quote I’ve seen on many home decor signs. I’m not even sure who to credit it to, but it really resonates with me. “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. So, so true.

How to Snap Out of It

We all have bad days and bad moods. Just ask my husband. Okay, don’t ask him. I believe the most important thing to do is recognize it, accept it, let yourself feel it. Then, get over it.

I know it’s not as simple as it sounds. But, it also kinda is. Maybe take a moment to journal some of the things you’re most thankful for. That’s a practice lots of self- help gurus preach about and for good reason.

You know, maybe let yourself have that second cup of coffee. Go for a walk on your lunch break. Let the sun shine on your face for a moment. Just try something. Do something. Fill your cup up for a moment. I’m sure you can’t remember the last time you did that. Maybe you want a Dairy Queen S’mores blizzard? No? Maybe that’s just me.

I know just writing this post has helped me. Writing is therapeutic for me. I guess just the whole process of figuring out what I’m feeling and why is validating.

When It’s Not Just a Bad Mood

And there definitely are unique situations and things that happen in life that are more than just a “bad mood.” I am by no means trying to downplay your situation in life. Allow yourself to feel your emotions when trying to cope what life is throwing at you. Always know there are options out there for you if you need help. Talk to your doctor or a trusted friend. Those are lifelines. Use them.

The bad moods I am referring to are when nothing in particular has happened, exactly, you just feel off, grumpy, tired. Mad at the world and not sure why.

Use Those Negative Emotions to Fuel You

And I’m choosing to let this funk fuel me. Like I said above, I’ve had 2 sick kids this week. Nothing too bad, just this 24 hour viral bug that causes them to run a temp and feel lousy.

The part that makes me mad about that, the absolutely infuriating part is that I haven’t gotten to be the one that’s with them when they’ve needed to stay home from the sitter and preschool. We had a dear babysitter for my daughter Monday and my husband stayed home with both of them today for which I am so grateful.

But I didn’t have kids so someone else could be their mother. I firmly believe with everything in me that I am supposed to be comforting them while they’re sick, that it should be me there with them. There’s nothing like your momma when you’re sick.

So… like I said, I’m letting this funk fuel me. Maybe I’ll chase my dreams a little harder today, one of which includes getting to work from home for just this very reason. I’m going to dig down deep, find my grit and take care of what business needs to be taken care of, step by step. Day by day. You’re totally singing that theme song in your head now, aren’t you?

Are you chasing your dreams? Do you even know what your dreams are? I’ll admit, up until a few months ago, I wasn’t even sure what mine were. I had to do a lot of soul searching and once I uncovered mine and admitted it out loud, there has been no going back. I just know this is what I’m meant to do.

Don’t get me wrong. It was always there. I just never thought it was possible for someone like me. And maybe I’ll fail. There’s a good chance I might. Every time that fear of failure creeps in my mind, I just picture the faces of my two beautiful, precious babies. And I’ll take that chance for them. I want them to remember their mother as someone who loved life. Someone who couldn’t wait to get out of bed in the morning. Because I want that for them too. And I want them to have the courage to go after their dreams.

My favorite Quotes on Failure:

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell

“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” -Paulo Coelho

“At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.” -Erin Cummings

So, I encourage you, take one tiny little baby step towards something you have been wanting to do. If you’re not sure what that is, think about that voice inside you, that place inside you that you silence because what that voice is telling you to do, is so absurd, so unrealistic, that it can’t possibly happen. And make today the day you go after it.

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