The week I wrote this was ONE OF THOSE TIMES when I was having a crappy week. I don’t know why, but I just felt down. Every female entrepreneur who is working hard to do all the ‘stuff’ and wear all the hats can relate to what I’m saying, I’m sure (right?! … awkward silence … I hope I’m not alone on this one).
My mood was down, my energy was low, my positivity was a bit lacking and I was easily annoyed. (wow, don’t I sound like fun?).
I used to struggle with feeling like this. I would start panicking and asking myself why I felt like this and was having such a crappy week, assuming there must be something bigger wrong. That it must be the world trying to tell me something.
I would analyze my demeanor… with no results, other than feeling guilty for having a down week. Pushing myself harder to try and ‘snap’ out of it, only left me feeling more confused as to why this was happening to me.
What do you do when you feel DOWN?
My 40-something wisdom tells me, I’m allowed to have a bad week. If for no other reason then it is part of the ebb and flow of life. This is me passing you your very own ticket 🎫 to have your very own crappy week too.
I think we are all entitled to them. Now don’t take this the wrong way, it’s not permission to be grumpy, mean, or lash out at people just because you are not having your best week. But rather permission to accept how you are feeling, choose activities that are more conducive to your energy levels, and not have to push yourself too hard. Scroll down to see a list of things I do when I’m feeling down or having a crappy week.
How to cope during A crappy week:
- I am honest with those around me and just tell them I don’t feel like myself, don’t feel great, have no energy and am taking a break.
- Sit and watch a few episodes of my current favourite TV show cozied up all by myself (Wonderland on Prime). I never do this because, as a family, we’re usually doing something together. Or I am fitting in a last-minute to-do or I’m working away at something either for business or home. So this is truly a treat.
- Put my PJs on really early (I won’t tell you what time), make a tea, and cuddle up somewhere comfortable for a read or a watch
- Call off my workouts. Now for all my nutrition/fitness leaders out there, I just heard you gasp! It’s not that I give up on all things healthy, I just choose to do less structured, more solo-focused activities and take my dog for a nice long hike in the sun at a leisurely pace or some other outdoor activitiy. Sometimes I just need a break from my routine, the structure, and the high-intensity ‘must-dos’
- Take a day for me and do something I have been wanting to do for a long time; something that I enjoy and that maybe has been nagging at me to do but that I hadn’t had a chance to get to. Often, this is my garden. Getting muddy in my yard for hours feels so good. Using my muscles and creating something.
- … and I sometimes have a sweet. Not the best coping method, but sometimes that’s what I do because I really enjoy them.
- Take a hot bath with some nice bath salts and a face mask
- Early to bed with an awesome book
- Afternoon nap
If you feel down and out for longer than a few days or a couple of weeks, you might want to talk to someone you care about or a health professional. Although feeling glum is okay, even for us super Moms, if it stays with you and doesn’t take a hike after a short time period, maybe something else is off that needs to be looked into – vitamins, hormones, sleep, mental health, etc. So do take care of yourself and talk to someone.
But if you’re feeling bummed out only for a few days, or one crappy week, embrace it, slow down, listen to yourself and just enjoy being in the dumps.
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From my kitchen table to yours,
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