There are some weeks or even months that we would love to forget and times we wish we could do over. Why does it seem that when one thing goes wrong, everything else seems to follow? It can be as devastating as losing a job or as simple as spilling coffee on your shirt on the way to work.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a reset button?
Of course, I don’t possess a reset button, but I do have a couple of tricks up my sleeve to help get me back on a positive track!
Turn it up! Nothing helps turn your state of mind around quicker than music. I just took a drive with my daughter who turned me on to all her favorite upbeat songs. We sang the whole way home and I can’t wait to put together a new playlist for the gym, car and office.
Exercise outside. Nothing clears out the cobwebs faster than taking a deep breath of fresh air. I love walking the local trail or on the beach. I always come home refreshed and ready to face the next challenge.
Take a Mini Yoga Break. 5 or 6 Sun Salutations always clears my head. If you can’t stop your mind from running in circles try getting into tree pose. If you don’t still your mind you will fall. (Trust me I’ve done it). Bonus Round: Try it in heals at the office. Now that takes concentration!
Lose yourselves in a great book. This would not be the time for a literary classic. Find a real page turner, relax and enjoy. (You can go back to War and Peace when things calm down.) Magazines are also a great release. Who doesn’t enjoy the “Fashion Police”, “The Best and the Worst Dressed List”, or finding out “Who Rocked It“?
Indulge in a Sunday Afternoon Movie. Nothing feels more like running away from home than grabbing a Sunday afternoon movie with my girlfriend Kim. If we can’t breakaway for a movie date I find catching up on my favorite television series also does the trick.
Pamper Yourself! This is no time to let yourself go. Get a new hair style. Go for a massage or a mani-pedi. My favorite Sunday morning activity is doing a home facial. (I no longer scare my husband and children when they wake up to my various colored masks)
Send out an SOS. I tend to self-isolate, but I am working on it. I have a great inner circle to call on in emergencies. A quick phone call or cup of coffee usually does the trick to help me work things through. (I have now programmed my friends to reach out when I do my disappearing act).
Don’t Hold Back. If something is bothering you, get it off your chest. You might not get the answers you want, but you will have given it your best shot. Finding your voice is not always easy. I used to either “cut and run” or hold everything in when I was upset. When I finally spoke my mind it would not be pretty. Now I process it, say it, hope for the best and move on. That’s it!
Eat Candy. I always keep a box of Snowcaps in the house and a box of Good & Plenty in my night table in case of an emergency. Whenever I prepare for a storm or other natural disaster, I buy batteries, water and half dozen boxes of Snowcaps. (If the world is going to come to an end, I want to make sure I am prepared and don’t run out of chocolate!)
Listen to an Audio book. I am a self -help audio book junkie (There are worse things). I love to learn new things about time management, leadership and positive thinking. The classics are great. Norman Vincent Peale “You Can If You Think You Can” always does the trick to help turn my mood around.
Cleaning. There is nothing better than cleaning out your closet, both literally and metaphorically. It is cathartic. (Unfortunately for my family, this is the only time I clean) I highly recommend cleaning while listening to a positive audio book.
Bonus Round: Try cleaning while listening to an audio book while doing a home facial. Warning-don’t take the garbage to the curb while wearing the mask. (I can assure you one of your neighbors will be outside at that exact moment)
Just stop. Stop obsessing, stop over thinking, stop beating yourself up, stop trying to control everything. Let go and move on.
As quoted from Wikipedia- the reset button clears the memory and reboots the machine forcibly. Sometimes that is what it takes.
Tell me how you press the restart button? Please reply, I would love to know.