There is an old joke about two ladies enjoying a cup of coffee together and one lady says, “Whenever I’m down in the dumps, I get a new hat.” To which the other lady replies “Oh my dear, I always wondered where you picked up those ugly things.”
So, how do you handle things when you are down in the dumps? Here are some suggestions that may help you with your attitude when you become discouraged or overwhelmed.
1. Take a break - When day-to-day activities start to get you down, stop staring at the problem, take a walk, go to lunch or do whatever you can do to clear your head. You should realize a renewed vigor with a clearer head when you return to the task at hand.
2. Focus on your longer term goals - If you are overwhelmed by so many things that need to be done, shorten your “to do list.” Pick just two items that need to be accomplished. The first one could be something you really enjoy and can be accomplished quickly and easily. The second item can be one that will contribute the most to your long term goals. Remember, most deadlines can be moved without too much damage being done.
3. Call in the Cavalry - It is possible to pay someone else to do almost anything. There is a surrogate that is willing and prepared to do anything from your grocery shopping to picking up your dog’s poop from your yard. You may even have a friend that will come alongside you to make the task more enjoyable. Remember, two people usually can get the work done three times faster than one person can anyway.
Each of us need to realize and develop steps that will reconnected us to life. These suggestions may help you start to develop what you need to do to get over a down turn in your attitude.
If the rug is pulled out from underneath you however, there are more effective steps you can take to get back on your feet. Give the Grief & Wellness Group a call to find out what they are and let us help get your mojo back.