Go For A Walk:
Exercise helps me clear my head, or even zone out for a while. Though it is difficult to get up and out the door. You know what it's like when motivation is low...I usually feel better for it. This morning I went for a 50 minute power walk, which is why my post is up at noon instead of 9:00 am.
Take A Break:
If I can't get out for a walk, I take a break. Do some stretches, play a game, read a magazine, etc. Set a time, 15 mins, 30 mins, 60 mins, whatever you can afford to give yourself. I could sit in front of the computer and force out an email, or write an article, but every task suffers from forced sentiment. Productivity will improve if I check out for a few minutes, or even hours.
Call A Friend or Loved One for a Pep Talk:
Just don't call the people that annoy you, save that for another day. I'd like to say I was kidding but I'm not. A good laugh, cry, or venting session can help clear my head. Sometimes a good friend can offer wisdom or simple solutions too. I recently called a friend and the converation went like this:
Me: "Hey, it's been a crazy weekend..." *Then I went on with 5 minutes of rambling and general malaise.*
Friend: "Have you eaten yet?".
Friend: "Go eat, then wait 10 minutes and call me back."
Get A Snack:
How many days have I reached the 2:00 pm mark and realized that all I had to eat that day was a bite of toast or three scoops of my daughter's leftover cereal? So making a plan to feed my body, also helps combat my mood swings too. If I have eaten, but still need a pick-me-up, I try to stick to non-food treats, or healthy snacks. The $1.00 drink promotion is back on at McDonald's. I was happy to learn that they have added ICED COFFEE to their list of beverages included in the promo, it is a nice, inexpensive treat. The nearest McD's is a 25 minute walk up hill, so I get to mix my caffeine burst with exercise too.
Give Yourself a Reality Check/Write a List of Short Term Goals:
After these simple tasks, my list for today is actually shorter than it seemed when bouncing around in my head. The Monday Blahs and Mommy Blues seem to be kicked aside for now. And the tasks for today are seeming a little more managable. Here's hoping for a sweet naptime for Princess Destructo, so I can tackle my To Do List.