Yesterday was one of those days. I woke up still exhausted, due to a very sleepless night and my body’s very slow recovery from the weekend trip (pregnant bodies hate long weekends involving air travel, apparently.) I felt inexplicably depressed and moody, and almost instantly recognized raging hormones at work. Isn’t it frustrating – when you know you have no reason to feel that way except the hormones, but you feel like you can’t shake it off? That’s where I was. But I didn’t want to stay there. So I took a few steps to literally “shake it off!”
I started with a hot shower.
I hate the idea of showers (yes, I’m weird) but once I get in, tension melts away. And I feel so much cleaner. After my shower I dressed in one of my favorite shirts, did my hair up nice but quickly, and spent a little time applying my natural make-up look. Since my hair normally just goes up into a ponytail and I forgo makeup altogether, this helped me feel a little more pampered. So try something you don’t normally do – maybe it’s a fancier hairstyle, a different make-up look, a special lotion, doing your nails, a spritz of your favorite perfume – whatever makes you feel a little extra special and pampered.
I ate breakfast.
This sounds funny, but 31 million Americans skip breakfast as of 2011, and females were the most frequent offenders. I woke up closer to lunch, so my breakfast was really brunch. If I don’t eat breakfast, my brain feels foggier, I’m slower to respond, have a harder time making decisions, and have way less energy. And now that I’m pregnant, I also feel ridiculously hungry and sometimes nauseous. And I can’t concentrate when I’m super hungry. I get hangry. ‘Nough said.
I listened to my “happy” music.
Music obviously affects our emotions. Watch a really sad movie, and pay attention to the music behind the scene that seems to weep along with the characters. Music carries emotions, beautifully. So I listened to uplifting and encouraging music on my phone while I get ready for the day. It helped to direct my mind to dwelling on the positive rather than any negative, on eternal truths rather than temporal ones, or ones that my hormones were being irrational about.
I read my daily devotional from She Reads Truth.
It was beautiful, full of reminders of God’s love for us. The accompanying psalm was one of my favorites (Psalm 63.) I chose to read it far later in the day than I should have, thanks to my blue mood. It’s funny, but the things we really don’t want to do when we’re down are often the very things that prove to be exactly what we need.
I encourage you to give these things a try on the days when the hormones rage. Or when you simply feel blue and don’t know why. Focus on the positive. Watch your speech. Change your music. Open the blinds. Step outside. And above all, run to our Lord and Creator and pour your troubles out to Him. Read through the Psalms to find the reassurances of His love, forgiveness, and care for us. And thank Him. A thankful heart cannot stay down, no matter how hard it tries.
Have a blessed day today and be encouraged. 🙂