Today I woke up with a head cold. (its one of those “my head feels like it weights 300 pounds” kind of cold). I have gotten out of bed to go to the bathroom and to make some herbal tea.
I guess this is what happens when you stay up till all hours of the night entertaining guests for 5 days. I should have known. So in honor of being sick I wanted to share with you what I do to pick myself up. When I’m having a hard day, something went terribly wrong, or I’m just not feeling all that great about myself, there are some things that are almost guaranteed to make me feel better:
1. Exercise. I was not a huge exercise person till I married Ben. I was dancing over 15 hours a week when I met Ben but cardio? weights? the gym? Absolutely not. But, despite the fact that I work out a lot more now, exercise has been my go-to remedy since middle school. When I broke up with high school bf freshman year of college, I started running everyday. It turned what could have been miserable into some of my favorite weeks of my whole freshman year. You just can’t feel bad about anything after a good workout.
2. Hot beverages. Herbal tea or hot chocolate (when its cold enough) are the equivalent of a huge hug. And lets be serious, in the summer ice cream or coconut popsicles do the trick.
3. Being held. I’ve always been pretty good at knowing when I need a hug. Now that Ben is stuck living with me, hugs can come in unlimited quantities. When I’m really down, I”ll ask to be held – just for a few minutes – and it makes everything better.
4. Be Productive. Usually I feel bad about myself when I haven’t accomplished anything meaningful. The easy solution to that? Get off my butt and do something. Getting a chapter from a textbook read or making a set of flash cards always makes me feel more productive.
5. Clean house. It is very difficult for me to feel down in a perfectly clean space.
6. Reading. I’m not as quick to pick up The book as I should be, thinking I can fix it on my own first. But, without fail, if I’m down, and I spend just a few minutes in my scriptures, I find something that lifts my spirits and reminds me of what truly matters. (These words are my favorite to read when I’m down)