Perhaps your bowl of porridge exploded everywhere in the microwave this morning (d’oh!), perhaps you forgot to purchase any oats to even PREPARE your bowl of porridge this morning (double d’oh!), or perhaps your current “well, blah di dah!” emotions have been triggered by something much, much more unpleasant: the mechanic who guaranteed you three days ago that your car would DEFINITELY be ready by now? Those unsurly neighbours and their penchant for folk music at 3.00AM? Oh, who knows! Either way, you’re mad, darn it! Or you’re sad, darn it! Or actually, you’re just feeling plain bad, darn it! (But there ARE ways to feel better, darn it!)
Hold your tomatoes!
Yes, “take action” may sound so (stupidly?!) stupendously simple, but seriously! It’s the perfect remedy! Identify what’s causing you to feel crap-tacular, and remove it from your life. If it’s that arse (oops! Excuse me) of a manager at that cruddy workplace that’s weighing you down, hey, who needs them?! Search for a similar occupation in a different company! You may not find the perfect role immediately but in the mean-time, there’s ALWAYS alternatives: bartending! Temping! Waitressing at your favourite local restaurant! Options? You have them!
Be Kind To Yourself (In A Non “Right, That’s Settled. A Kilo Of Chocolate It Is!” Sort Of Way)
When I’m feeling approximately 7,75675 variations of rubbish, all I want to do is sit down, hide myself away and scoff pizza. Actually, that’s not true. I always want to scoff pizza!
Foolery aside, when you’re paddling around in the depths of an insidious mad/sad/bad rut, it’s almost instinctive to clam up and consume a container ship of Cadbury’s (or, um, vodka!), but long-term, these things don’t assist you with feeling magnificent. They’re temporarily outstanding before boom! You’ve inhaled a block of Dairy Milk and Guilt, Confusion and Disappointment have come to join the party, ushering you into a taxi to join another vicious cycle!
Go for a long walk, instead. Try a Zumba class. Pour yourself a mug full of exotic tea and comb through a magazine. Have a Seinfeld (or – cliche` alert! – Sex & The City) marathon. Listen to Led Zeppelin and let your mind drift away.
Let Other People Be There For You
Newsflash: we all occasionally feel this way! It’s true! Actors, models, brain surgeons, musicians, rocket scientists, poets, everyone! It’s natural and all part of – as contradicting as it may sound – the glorious ebb and flow of life. Call your mother and admit to her that you’re okay, but that you possibly need ten minutes of some hardcore griping. Vent to a friend. Explain to your partner that you’re feeling the urge to be silent (or cantankerous!) and that it’s absolutely not their fault.
Additional Solutions For When You’re Crappy & You Know It (That DON’T Involve Clapping Your Hands! Well, Unless You Want To, Of Course)
x Plan a holiday, even if it’s only to the next town! Get away from everything and everyone and come back with a clear head. x Get a manicure. Yes, they’re girly! Yes, you may feel silly or obnoxious or frivolous for indulging in one! Who cares! It feels SPLENDID to peer down at excellently-painted nails! x Have dinner at your favourite restaurant. x Trawl Youtube for hilarious videos:
Oh, he is so CUTE!
Honestly, if you’re feeling crappy and you know it, don’t fret! You will better! Take action, be kind to yourself and let other people be there for you – and then treat them all with the same understanding and sensitivity when it’s their turn on the crappy-go-round.