I might sound like a broken record…especially when I say, “I might sound like a broken record,” which is a phrase I know I use all the time, but I think it’s important to be open about taking care of one’s mental health. I know the holidays can be a stressful time, so here are a few things on my “Positivity Playlist” at the moment, in case you need a little help this week.
Time for some Electricity on repeat…
I’ve discussed some of this before, but when I was going to therapy a couple years ago (just needed someone to talk to about work, life, self-doubt, motherhood, loneliness, aging), one of the things my therapist and I talked about was conscientiously trying to see the proverbial glass as half full, rather than half empty, and how it can take a LOT of work sometimes to see the world in a positive light.
I still think about this all the time because, depending and on how I’m feeling, it’s either really easy for me to feel positive and grateful for the things I have in my life (even though it’s far from perfect), or it’s really hard, let’s be honest. Some days I feel like everything’s a sh*t show, and I can’t handle it.
One of the most helpful techniques I’ve come across for me has been actively recognizing that when I feel that “life is a sh*t show” feeling coming on, I openly acknowledging it to myself.
You know how you can smell the rain coming before it happens? It’s a little like that. When I start to feel that feeling creeping up on me, I recognize it, acknowledge it (“Oh, here we go!), and then turn to my positivity toolbox.
Pretty sure I’ve mentioned all of these things before, but here they are again:
- I make it a point to do a little extra cardio, whether it’s jogging, walking or doing a workout DVD or YouTube video, because those endorphins really do help me a lot.
- I try to get some extra rest by going to bed early.
- I leave myself encouraging, positive notes everywhere — Post-its, on mirrors, on my wrists. Side note: The notes are usually written with an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil, LOL!
- I listen to songs that make me wanna move my booty and dance around (see below).
- I fire up a Ted Talk on positive thinking.
Something here usually makes me feel better. They definitely don’t make me feel worse.
Here’s what’s on my Positivity Playlist right now…
I hope this can help you in some way, too, even if it’s just to get your heart pumping and your body moving.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,