I’m sure I am not the only one who has ever had a rough day… but I may be the only one who skips down the hall regardless of their internal emotions. People often ask me how I am able to be the “Happiest Sad Person they have seen”. As much as they do not believe me, I have my bad days as well! I am pretty good at covering them up but once in a while I get teary eyed and change from my “happy go lucky” personality to “on the edge” (no not the edge of glory- although I do love that song).
The good part is that I know WHO and WHERE to go when I need help. We all have days where we are on cloud nine and unfortunately these days typically tend to be followed by “Not so thrilling” days.
The best part about being in residence is that there is ALWAYS somebody to talk to. Between the RAs and other members of residence, you are bound to find at least one open ear (If not, come knock on my door)! Staff and Faculty (Including Guidance Counselors) will also listen to your troubles.
When I am having a flustered day, I find the most comfort in…
Calling my mommy
- She is usually pretty good at finding the magical rainbow in my thunderstorm
- Mom’s listen regardless of how silly your complaint may be
- If you prefer talking to your dad, a sibling or a friend that works too
- Playing a game of cards or watching a video with friends can really lift your spirits
- I personally find baking soothing because it focuses my attention on measuring rather than “the past” or the “concerning issue”
- Crafts or other creative outlets are very good distraction techniques
- Listening to UPBEAT music (And possibly dancing around your room)
Going for a walk
- Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy
Leaving the situation
- When emotions are still up in the air or on the hot plate, it is best just to leave the situation so that you don’t dwell or get too preoccupied with the issue
- A lot of the time I find myself more emotional because I am lacking sleep
- After a long nap you are usually able to see the bigger picture and realize how “small” or “insignificant” your problem is
Don’t personalize things
- It’s hard to realize that not EVERYTHING is as a result of your actions
- Don’t let others tell you when you are right or wrong
- Some people enjoy comfort food, while others enjoy pampering
- Having a treat once in a while is alright as long as you don’t begin to associate certain negative events with “rewards”
So although sometimes it feels like things aren’t looking “up”, I assure you that someday they will. Even if it isn’t tomorrow, or the next day with persistence we can change our mood, emotions and life situations.
As I post this post (Yes, usually the posts that I post reflect what is going on in my life) I am my vibrant self but when I wrote this post last night, I was having a less-than-perfect day!