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Staying Positive on the Down Days

I’m not gonna lie: I’ve been having a hard time. Maybe it’s the change of season and the fact that it’s getting more dark and cold outside, or maybe I’m just not in the best place mentally. Either way, I’m here to say: I know I will be okay.

The last few years have been the best of my life; I’ve been the happiest, I’ve grown the most, and I’ve found the people that truly matter to me and help me be the best version of myself. That’s not to say I don’t have my downs still, because of course I do, and lately I’ve definitely been in a funk. From moving several times, to being pregnant, to losing lots of friends, to starting my motherhood journey, it’s been a hectic couple of years to say in the least. I think all of this go, go, go is finally catching up to me, and taking it’s toll.

So, here are three ways I’ve been keeping myself afloat on the down days, and working myself back up to the level of happiness and positivity I want in my life.

Enjoying the small things

This one can be hard, but really, enjoy the small things. This can be anything – your coffee still being hot when you finally get a chance to drink it, going to the bathroom by yourself, snuggling up with your {insert loved that one you like to snuggle here}. Literally, the possibilities here are endless. Lately, I’ve been enjoying Basil’s short naps (hey, he’s been extremely fussy lately, so I’ll take any break from the crying I can get), lots of coffee, and the drives to/from picking up the boys from school. Small, yet so important to keep in a positive attitude.

Starbucks coffee mug morning French Press coffee

Focusing on now

There is no point in stressing about tomorrow, or next week, or even next year because everything can change in a heartbeat. What you thought you would be doing could be completely off your radar by the tine you thought you’d be doing that thing. Be in the moment. Stay present. Stop worrying about the past and focus on today! You can’t change anything that’s already happened, so try to make it into a positive right now instead.

Getting out of the house

This one’s huge for me. Being a stay at home mom means I stay at home and I mom. I take care of Basil all day while attempting to get as many chores done as I can, and although that may not seem like a lot to most people, trust me when I say it is. Doing the same things everyday for weeks on end gets… boring, to say in the least, so I try to get out of the house when I can. If you’ve read my previous post, you’d know I recently got an after school nannying job, which has been so great not only for my mental health, but financially it’s been great, and Basil gets to socialize with other kids too. Having to be somewhere at a certain time is actually nice if you’re someone that likes a little structure to your day.

Cloudy sunset positivity

I don’t know about you, but I’m trying my hardest to be positive and happy this year no matter what gets thrown my way. I’m so lucky to have Michael and Basil by my side, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings for us!!

Here’s to staying positive!!

P.s. I’ve been so bad about writing posts lately but I’m gonna try to be better about it and get back onto a regular posting schedule!!

3 thoughts on “Staying Positive on the Down Days”

  1. I really appreciated (and needed) this post, Izzy! I get seasonal affective disorder, and the winter can take me to a dark place (even living in California- although it’s better here!). I’ve been feeling especially down the last couple weeks, and this post was a great reminder to just get outside. I do online school so it’s easy to justify staying in all day. Thank you for sharing these tips & reminder to just be thankful for the small things!

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