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Goodbye Blue Sunday

This sounds really negative but I have never liked Sundays, I’m not sure what it is but there’s just a different feel about a Sunday that doesn’t do it for me. When I was in Canada my blue Sunday feeling literally vanished overnight and Sundays felt like any other day. I lived slap bang in the middle of the city so I’d be out exploring a fair bit, and I also got really into the baseball and basketball. Sunday afternoons or evenings were occupied watching sport which I loved. I was also at the gym most Sundays so that helped pop my endorphins into shape.

Sundays in the UK are a different concept but this year I am determined to kick my blue Sunday feeling into touch. If you’re like me and need to refresh your Sunday try following my top tips to making them a little bit brighter.

  1. A good Sunday starts with a productive Saturday. I know it’s not realistic packing high energy stuff into your whole weekend, but if you have a positive Saturday doing what you love the chances are your Sunday will automatically feel much brighter.
  2. Don’t lie in too long. I slept in until 10am this morning and it was waaaaay too long. It’s good to catch up on sleep but if you have too much snoozy time you’ll spend the rest of the day feeling really lethargic. I know setting an alarm at a weekend sounds like a party pooper thing to do but you’ll benefit from getting up that little bit earlier.
  3. Stretch. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have actually done this, but the times I have, I have felt 100% SO much more awake and alert. Just spend 5 minutes doing a simple stretch like this one and you’ll be happy as Larry all day long.
  4. Eat a good brekkie. Plan your weekend breakfasts out so you have whatever you fancy in the cupboards. It could be porridge, pancakes, a bagel and smoked salmon or fresh fruit. Have something tasty that you really enjoy.
  5. Plan to get fresh air. It’s 4.00pm and I’ve not had enough fresh air today and it’s 100% effecting my mood. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing or boiling hot. Dressed appropriately and get outside. Just a walk round the block is enough if you’re not up for a 3 hour hike :-)
  6. If you’re a member of a gym go on a Sunday. I love going around 5pm, doing an hour session and then coming home having dinner and getting set for my week ahead.
  7. Read a book, blog, website you like or watch a movie. I know the rules about being on your phone in bed and yes this can effect your sleep but if you like looking on reddit go on reddit before bed. If it chills you out pinning things on Pinterest do it. You’ll know yourself if it’s effecting your sleep and if it is switch to reading a book instead.
  8. See your friends. Sunday’s are meant to be a day of rest so go and chill on your mates couch or meet up and head for a walk. Catching up with loved ones and having a good chin wag will improve your day in an instant.
  9. Draw. I had a colouring in book that I used to use most days. For some reason I’ve stopped colouring but that’s something I will be changing this week.
  10. Listen to some music. Whatever makes you feel jolly and gets you singing out loud. Crank the volume up and get singing.
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Monday Motivation

It’s Monday which means you’re probably feeling pretty blurgh. Well stop it. Stop it right now! You are better than that. Dig out your positive pants and have a great week. You have the ability to make your week the best it can be and life is too short to waste it feeling crappy.

Here are five ways you can kick-start your positive approach to life.

Stop comparing yourself to others. This is the biggest way to start feeling more positive. You don’t know half of the struggles other people go through. Ignore the overly happy Facebook posts and stop thinking you’re trailing behind. You are doing a great job at living your life without comparing it to others.

Live in the present. Life goes by far too quickly and there is no time for living in the past, you’ve been there and done that and it’s now time to focus on the present day. Live in the moment and you’ll feel more focused and positive.

Exercise. You already know endorphins make you happy so I won’t go on about that. Doing just 20 minutes of exercise a day will help you to feel much more proactive and happier.

Make an effort to look good. I am not talking about spending hours on your appearance but  making a effort to do your hair and make up will make you feel great. If you work from home this is especially important.

Give yourself a break. We are all too quick to point out our flaws and focus on the things we haven’t achieved. Try and get in the habit of giving yourself mental compliments every single day. Acknowledge all the good stuff, you deserve a pat on the back.

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Thought for the week

Being positive can be a huge stumbling block and over the last couple of years I have to admit I have struggled with it. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that being positive is actually fairly easy, it’s just whether you choose to do it or not. It really is as simple as that.

If you think back to a time when you’ve felt negative you’ll realise it took much more energy feeling and thinking like that. It’s not tiring or exhausting thinking in a positive frame of mind. Moaning and being grumpy is part of our make up but don’t let it take over.

I was introduced to a cherokee legend called the Two Wolves and I can honestly say it’s changed my outlook on things. It goes a little something like this…

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

For me this sums it all up. Being surrounded by positive people is a blessing so be grateful and take on board the positive thoughts that other people give you, but actually the one person that can really make you have a more positive outlook on life is you.

Feed the good wolf and life will get a little brighter, a little less difficult and you will see if you look around, you have everything there and life isn’t all that bad. Life is too short to feed the bad wolf.

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How to deal with an off day

When an off day strikes it can be pretty rubbish. I’ve had one today and I can’t wait for Tuesday to show its face. Yes I know I shouldn’t be wishing the rest of my day away.

Sometimes a crappy day can start from the minute you wake up. If this is the case action is needed to ensure your whole day isn’t a complete right off. Here’s five ways you can turn that off day into a pretty decent day.

Stick the radio on 

Music is known to make you feel better so instead of tuning into the TV whilst you’re getting ready listen to some music instead.

Share it

If there is something on your mind that’s making you feel crappy talk it through with someone you trust. When you’re stressed out and feeling on edge or depressed it can effect your stomach too. The New York Times reported that prolonged stress can effect the digestive system and irritate the large intestine making you feel super ichy. Talk your problems over with a friend and you’ll start to feel better.

Look at something funny

Laughing is pretty good therapy. I always look at videos of my niece when I’m in need of a pick me up. If you don’t have a funny video on hand google yawning puppies – it’s always a crowd-pleaser and I will guarantee you’ll feel better afterwards.

Take a shower

So you obviously can’t do this in the middle of the afternoon in the office but if you wake up and feel crappy head straight for a shower. Don’t be tempted to have a really hot one though, a warm shower with bursts of cold water for 20 seconds is ideal for getting your circulation going and washing away those negative thoughts.

Avoid social media 

We can thank social media for reuniting us with old friends and keeping us in touch with current one, but studies show checking social media triggers depression because we end up comparing ourselves to everyone else. Have a break from Facebook and Twitter and only check them when you have to.