I woke up in a funk this morning. I’ve had a bit of a stomach bug this week and I’ve been feeling a little sad, lonely, and disconnected. Having just written about navigating sadness with self-love, I knew it was time to take my own advice.
But when we’re feeling blue, it’s easy to be sucked in by it. We keep focusing on everything we’re unhappy about and what we don’t have, rather than what we can/do have.
After bursting into tears in the middle of the street for what felt like absolutely no reason (we’ve all been there…right?!) I decided there was no way I was going to spend the whole day being a complete misery guts. It was time to change my perspective, so I started thinking about all of the lovely things that were right at my fingertips.
I could walk around the corner to the city farm to cuddle the animals and pick up fresh, locally-sourced veggies. I could sit in the sunshine drinking coffee and reading one of my favourite childhood books. I could make myself a bowl of chocolate avocado pudding spiked with raspberries. I could call my mom and gush about how I just became an aunt/she’s now a grandma. I could make running errands more fabulous by painting my toenails with turquoise glitter and strutting around in my new sandals. I could pick up groceries to make myself a gorgeous, healthy dinner. I could declare the evening a writing retreat of sorts and dedicate it to solitude and spending time on my own creative projects.
I’ve been doing all of these things and you know what? The dark clouds above my head are dissipating. I’ve filled my day with so many lovely things, that my attitude changed and it’s been a wonderful day after all.
So tell me: no matter what side of the bed you woke up on, what are you going to do to make today lovely? It’s never too late to turn things around.
Love and silver linings,
Image via The Glamourous Housewife.