Do you ever feel like everything is going wrong and you just can't get anything right? Lately, that's me. Let's face it; some days are just HARD. (Ok, some weeks/months are that way...) I love my family. I love homemaking. I love the animals and scenery and solitude of the homestead. Sometimes though, I need to step back and get a fresh perspective on things. I can't always avoid difficulty in a good book or chick flick.
Here are a few tips that help me in times like this:
- Cry. Yep, sometimes we just need a good cry, or scream... whichever the case may be. Let it out. "Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?" Psalm 56:8
- Essential Oils. You may think this is a popular fad for the moment, but it's not. God ordained essential oils and they REALLY do work. Yes, you need to be careful with them. Seek a knowledgeable person to help consider which oils are best for your health, system, & potential allergies... Some of the safest and most relaxing are Lavender & Chamomile. "...Thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness..." Psalm 45:7
- Comforting or Refreshing Drink. Tea, coffee, lemonade, hot cocoa... Whatever helps. Sometimes a fresh fruit smoothie with yogurt and a dab of honey in a pretty parfait cup will help clear the head and brighten the mood.
- Hot Bath. Epsom salts, bath pearls, bubbles... *sigh*
- Music. Cheerful music, usually hymns, but sometimes I need slow instrumental or a lively Irish jig...
- Nap. Yes, sometimes you just need to lay down and rest. Plug the kiddos into the tube & allow yourself a little doze. Think about it, when they are tired and grouchy you know they are sleepy. Some ladies can "power nap" for 5-15 minutes, but I have to have at least an hour or I'm more tired than when I laid down.
- Go to bed earlier. This is hard. You're either a night owl, or you're married to one. (The latter for me.) Sometimes I have to stick headphones in with Bible or music and just try to sleep even though everyone else is still up. Hard, but not impossible.
- Devotional. I love devotional books. I know reading directly from the Bible is best, but sometimes I don't know where to start or feel like I need something in context... A good devotional will give me a direction, encouragement, and give me pertinent scriptures to help pull me through.
- Create. Scrapbook, sew, bake a new recipe (or an old favorite)... Draw, paint, craft, decorate... Whatever helps.
- Take a Walk. I'm a wimp, so if the weather is bad (or even the least bit uncomfortable) I dance around with the children, stretch, or bounce on the exercise peanut thingy. Just move around & get the blood flowing.
What are some things you do to help lift your spirits?
My favorites from last week:
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