Sometimes I feel like I look like complete dog poo. Just as some people claim they see Jesus’s face in a piece of toast, or an image of a dove in the clouds, I could swear that there are a days I could find my face in a pile of your pet’s dookie. Anyone else have days like these? There are a number of things we could do when we look like poo, but here is a short list of some of my favorite pick-me-ups:
1.) Assess how you feel. Much of the time when we look like crap, something may be slightly off on the inside. First go with the obvious: are you getting enough sleep? How have you been eating? Tiny little decisions throughout our day such as staying up that extra hour or eating processed foods on the go may seem insignificant enough, but added together, they can wreak some serious havoc. Take this week to focus on getting these things in order.
2.) Step away from the treadmill. Trying a new form of exercise not only gets your body out of the same old rut, but it also gives you more energy for when you return to your regular routine. Plus, it’s been noted by many fitness experts that after a while, our muscles get used to the same movements and our workouts can become less effective. Go for a bike ride, try a zumba class, or get outside and run. Just whatever you do, don’t try “Hot Yoga” until you read this first.
3.) Connect. With fifty-million ways to communicate, it’s easy to forget to put the phone down and step away from the computer. Book an upcoming Saturday morning to do something that connects you to another. Having brunch with an old friend, staying under the covers with your significant other for a whole day, or volunteering at an animal shelter are just a few ways to connect with another without involving your phone or keyboard.
4.) Try something new. You don’t have to go all Jim Carrey in “Yes Man,” but trying something that you wouldn’t normally do can open up a whole lot of doors and breathe some refreshment into your world. It doesn’t need to be anything drastic – it’s often the little things that make a big difference. Or listen to Matt Cutt, head of Google’s Webspam team, and take on a thirty day challenge: “The idea is pretty simple. Think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life, and try it for the next thirty days.” (I am going to be taking on his photo challenge!)
5.) Laugh. And no, not one of those casual “office chuckles”. I mean those serious, deep belly laughs that we don’t get to experience all that often, but when we do, we feel elated. Spend an afternoon with your best and most up-beat friend, or watch one of your absolute favorite funny movies. If you have even less time, just go to youtube and watch a clip that cracks you up. Here’s one of my favorites, that gets me every time:
When we feel our best, we can look our best, and vice versa. Have any tidbits to share that help you feel less like dookie? Pass ’em on in the comments below!
While you are here, keep the laughter going and check out the next post to see Bert & Ernie bust it out gangsta style.