I may be The Happy VA, but I get grumpy just like everybody else. In fact, I was in a pretty bad mood just last week. It got me thinking about the little tips and tricks I use to change my attitude quickly. Here’s a few that work for me to snap out of a freelancer funk.
1. Bari’s Tessler’s Body Check-in. I work with Bari, so I was familiar with some of her methods. Writing this article was the perfect chance to try them out. Just take a moment to actually listen to your body. Feel where things are tight or how you’re holding yourself, how you’re breathing, etc. Ask yourself some questions like “Am I hungry? Tired?” etc.
Sometimes there are simple answers to why we’re not feeling our best that we might be able to solve with a quick nap or a healthy snack. As a freelancer who likely works from home, think about whether you’ve showered and changed your clothes. Some days working in your pajamas feels amazing. Other days, it can make you feel like you’re in a rut.
2. Journal it out. Be as petty, sad, rude, mean as you want to be, write letters you would never send, but then, in the end, find something to be grateful for.
Last November I began the practice of doing Morning Pages from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. At first, I could hardly believe how transformational writing was on my daily anxiety levels and overall mood. Now, even if I’ve done my morning pages, I’ll sometimes take another moment to journal if I’m feeling on edge. It helps process the emotions and get the clutter out of the mind.
3. Guided meditation on joy. I’ve returned to this meditation on YouTube many times over the years. It’s not part of my daily meditation practice, but it’s the perfect tool for getting out of a down mood. I think meditation, in general, is fantastic for improving happiness levels, and I’ve currently been reading The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa to learn more about it and to improve my meditation. Still, nothing seems to consistently bring on the sense of calm joy as I get from that simple YouTube meditation.
4. Take a walk outside or get some form of exercise. The book Spark by John Ratey explains the powerful effects of exercise on our brains and moods, and I recommend reading it when you have trouble motivating yourself to exercise. I feel like I should reread it every week or something to stay inspired. When you feel like crud, often the last thing you want to do is exercise, but taking a walk will help you blow off some steam!
And there you have it. These are four simple things you can do to help yourself feel better during those inevitable times when you fall into a funk. I know there are probably a million ways that I didn’t include, and it would be awesome if you shared your methods in the comments! I’d love to hear how you cheer yourself up!
This is a guest post from Alison Willoughby. Ali is a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and self-care enthusiast. Visit her at Ali The Happy VA.
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