Perhaps it’s the aftermath of leaving it all on the field during the end of the school year million yard dash or the realization that the number of summers I have left with my kiddos are limited or because it’s that awkward season between red wine and gin and tonics….
No matter the reason, the cure has become my focus.
I tried marathon sessions of Parks and Rec and Parenthood, copious amounts of dark chocolate covered pumpkin seeds, Facebook and skipping my morning runs, all to no avail.
So I decided to try something different. Instead of drowning the deflated feeling in Netflix, chocolate and a good old fashioned round of beating myself up, I decided to stop and notice it.
And lo and behold, I didn’t implode or even come to the realization that my life is doomed. Because it is, after all, just a transition and transitions are doable.
Especially with a couple of tools I’ve learned as a coach that help blow some air into that deflated feeling.
I’ve shared the tools I used below, just in case you can relate.
- Write down 3 things that have made you feel good in the past 24 hours in as much detail as possible.
- Make a list of things that make you laugh when you are doing them. Running through the sprinklers? A YouTube Video that always gets you giggling? Singing along with ABBA? Playing Cards Against Humanity? (This is the card game for horrible people and a personal favorite!)
- Do something on the list! NOW!
- Step out of your comfort zone. Even if it’s just for a couple minutes. (Depending on what’s on your list of things that make you laugh, this could be a twofer!)
- Do something kind for someone else; write a thank you note, hold the door for the person behind you, smile and chit chat with the stranger sitting next to you, do one of your kids chores for them…)
- Drink more water. (I know it sounds silly, but it seriously works!)