What to do when life gets tough and chocolate is unavailable…

 July 11, 2012

There are times when puffy white clouds, butterflies, and dancing kittens are scarce*.

Yep, at some point in life, we all stumble through a couple of rough patches.

During these difficult days, our brain may tell us, “Oh, come on! Toughen up, it’s not the end of the world!” while our heart screams, “Ecck! This is it!! All is lost!!”

With such an argument going between mind and heart, even our well of inspiration (for writing and other art forms) may dwindle until it’s nearly gone dry.

So, the question is: How do you get through a rough day?

Honestly, I have no idea.

The End.

LOL! Just kidding ; )

 Here are a few things that help me to not only survive through, but actually kind of enjoy, those rougher days:

  1. Follow @AnnTran on Twitter and read her inspirational tweets at various points throughout the day.
  2. Watch a short clip of something funny on youtube ( like this )
  3. Get up from whatever chair you’re sitting in. That’s right, get up… oh, wait, COME BACK! Please come back so you can finish reading this first, then get up. OK? OK, so anyways, get up from wherever you’re sitting. Go outside. Now, look up and stare into the sky. (Warning: Do Not Look Directly At The Sun…but you probably knew that.) Stare into the sky for at least 60 seconds. Even if it’s raining, I find this relaxing.
  4. Send one of your besties a funny ecard with a note describing what you appreciate about him/her. Feel kinda of cheesy? It’s okay. You ARE cheesy, and that is a good thing (who, except for the lactose intolerant, doesn’t like cheese?!). I love friends who send me cheesy ecards! They’re the best!**
  5. Write a short story about a character who is having a bad day and gets through it successfully.
So, those five little tricks save my day quite often and if the rough patch lasts longer than just a day, I think the key to surviving lies in managing to keep our spirits up just one day at a time. This can be done by every day, focusing on today, not anxiously worrying about the future, but finding the positive in today and in setting a small goal that can be accomplished for today.

I’m curious, what are your tips on how to stay positive through rough times?

 Please click here to send me your tips and I'll discuss them in my next journal entry!

*I’ve heard some refer to this as “reality”

**Don’t feel like sending an ecard? Try this:  Put on your best fake British (or Australian) accent. Call one of your besties and have an entire conversation with them in your fake British accent. If your friend has a sense of humor, they’ll think this is hilarious (as long as you don’t drag it out for too long) and so will you. If your friend doesn’t have a sense of humor, they will recommend a good psychiatrist. See? Benefits come to you either way! Improved mental health by laughter or by prescription! You’re welcome.

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