Forty Things to Do When You’re Feeling Low

It hasn’t been a great week. I’m tired. I wish I was in the forest, running. I spent too much time in the forest running, all night, and I’m sleepy. My ex has been difficult to deal with. My saving grace is that my kids are with me this week … which makes me want to stay up late, snuggling them and talking to them, but also means I have to get up early, so I can get in a workout before taking them to school.

Thursday, and I’m finally on my way back up. Solving some problems. Making some moves. Getting some motivation. And I KNOW I don’t want to be here again.

It’s time for a list, a handy reference for the next time I’m in this place. Feel free to steal, borrow, or create your own:

  1. Get rid of crap.
  2. Phone a friend.
  3. Write.
  4. Photograph for fun.
  5. Play with Legos.
  6. Daydream yourself as the person you want to become.
  7. Make homemade bread.
  8. Go for a walk.
  9. Look at pretty leaves.
  10. Love on your pets.
  11. Doodle.
  12. Smile at strangers.
  13. Learn something new.
  14. Straighten up something that needs it.
  15. Write down five blessings.
  16. Feel the wind on your face.
  17. Write down a dream.
  18. Pretend.
  19. Dance.
  20. Listen to a child.
  21. Listen to an old person.
  22. Pay someone else’s parking meter.
  23. Stretch.
  24. Write an encouraging note.
  25. Write a Thank You note.
  26. Eat chocolate (a little bit).
  27. Look at art.
  28. Listen to music.
  29. Look at the stars/clouds.
  30. Fold a paper airplane.
  31. Listen to your body.
  32. Take a nap.
  33. Open up to someone.
  34. Smell the flowers.
  35. Look up and feel the rain on your face.
  36. Sing. Loud.
  37. Go to a playground and swing on the swings.
  38. Look for a four-leaf clover.
  39. Look at old pictures.
  40. Ask for help.

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