- Music! I dug out my old music and mixed it with my new music to make a “feelin’ good” play list. I have put together a selection of songs that are upbeat and make me feel good. I listen to the play list when I am in the car, cleaning, feeling down… In the car I turn it up and sing so loud the baby kicks! I love it, I can actually feel my body releasing feel good chemicals when one of my favorite songs come on, I dance, I sing, I feel so good. You have got to try it!
- Walking. This one is so much easier said than done. The hardest step for me the first and the easiest is the second. I have found that if I just put on my walking shoes while listening to my feelin good play list I walk. Oh My Goodness! It really feels so good to walk. Again, I feel those great feel good chemicals release and me and baby are happy on the move.
- Counting my blessings. I made a list of the lings I love and read it when I get down. I keep it folded up in my wallet so I can pull it out anywhere. Even when I am throwing the pity party from hell some of those things on my list cannot be taken for granted. Please make a list, it has helped me BIG TIME. I wrote some really silly things, but it’s my list for my eyes only, so it's really special to me. I also add stuff all of the time.
- Lying in bed quietly for five minutes when I get home from work. I lay there and refuse to think. I prop up my pillows so I can lie on my back and I envision my day melting away and my body relaxing. I love that time for me.
- Bond with my baby- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one. I sit still, put my hand over my belly, sit quietly and just feel and listen. I just spend time with my baby. Amazing.
- Eat healthfully and avoid giving into those really bad cravings. Food does play a big role in mood. I eat light and healthy I feel light and healthy. I eat shit, I feel shit. Cupcakes are excluded from this because they are so damn good! Fruits better than chips, but cupcakes are better than crackers!
- Stay as busy as possible. Idle hands… If I have too much time on my hands I start obsessing over my fears and worries. I try to stop the thoughts or at the very least write one down and make a plan to fix it. Believe it or not, this works really well, it immediately relives the anxiety and I feel like I have a plan so worry becomes even more wasteful.
- Hard Work. As much as I love throwing a massive pity party, I cannot do that anymore. It takes a bit of work and refocusing of my thoughts but I am always better for it. Don't get me wrong when I am feeling really down it is hard to pick myself back up, especially when I am weighed down by psycho pregnancy hormones. I just know I am always better off getting up than staying down.
Oct 15, 2011
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