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There is nothing more satisfying and motivating than a kick-ass week. When all of your efforts and dedication seem to pay off almost immediately. Then there are those other kinds of weeks, when you feel like it’s you against the world. Trust me, I’ve been there too, and you know what? it’s totally going to be O.K. Bad days (and even bad weeks) are totally part of the game we call LIFE, and as hard as it may seem at the moment… the bad times will pass and the good days are just around the corner. We’ve all been there; bills happen (every month), and at the same time work is stressful, or you might be experiencing some small personal drama that’s making you want to do nothing more but stay cozy in bed watching endless episodes of Sex and the City (or is that just my method? lol). But keep in mind that there are so many simple little things you can do to turn that frown upside down, and truck your way though the week until you see that glittery finish line we all like to call “The Weekend”.
There are a handful of good things I like to do whenever I find myself struggling to get through the work week, but I also like to turn to a friend or my online community for advice! There is nothing wrong with reaching out to other girls for some tips; we all experience similar feeling at some point or other. So next time you’re feeling a little gloomy or stressed out try one of these helpful tactics to boost your mood and get yourself through that hectic work week!
CARDIO – okay, I’m going to be totally honest… if you would have given me this suggestion a few months ago, I probably would have laughed all the way to the fridge to pour myself a nice cold glass of Chardonnay (which in my opinion is still totally okay every once in a while). But recently I was able to experienced for myself the amazing side effects of a good hard cardio-sesh after feeling like I just couldn’t get through my week. And when I say “a good hard cardio-sesh” I mean running, going all out on the cardio machines at your gym, or getting in a High Intensity Interval Training routine (or HIIT). My go to cardio routine is 45 minutes, which is broken up into three parts: 15 minutes on the stationary bike, 15 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on the treadmill. Blast some loud, up beat music and sweat out your frustrations!
COFFEE DATE WITH FRIENDS – “I get by with a little help from my friends…” <— this right here is a motto I most certainly live by. There is nothing more therapeutic than talking it out over a nice cup of coffee with my best friend, sisters and even my mom! (Hi Mom!!). I absolutely love coffee, and to me it’s definitely something that I love to enjoy with good company. If you’re not into coffee just and order a yummy tea from your local coffee shop! Either lounge on their comfy couches, or drive to the nearest park and enjoy the moment.
JOURNAL – now here is something I have done since I was vey very young. Journaling is a great way to de-stress and unload your thoughts if you’re just not in the mood to talk it over with someone. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to have a conversation with anyone specifically… sometimes you just got to put pen to paper and hash it out in a healthy and private manner.
NICE LONG BATH – well, enough said I think lol. Hot water, bubbles, bath bombs, some candles, good music… maybe a glass of wine? Treat your self to a little spa-like experience in the middle of your work week! You will come out feeling oh-so-relaxed…
YOGA – for about two years I was extremely dedicated to my yoga practice – and although I don’t practice nearly as much as I wish I did, I still take the time to get in a little sun salutation every now and then. Yoga is an amazing mental, physical and spiritual practice (and it’s not just all about the hot yoga). Yin Yoga was my favorite form to do after a long, stressful day. Ying Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses that are held for long periods of time which are meant to calm and clear the mind.
GO FOR A NICE LONG WALK – sometimes you just gotta step outside, plug in some headphones and just take a walk. Studies have shown that going for a long walk can boost your mood significantly by releasing natural painkilling endorphins to your body.