So, it’s been too long since I’ve posted. I really want to post at least twice a week. I love this blog and don’t want it to die. Perhaps at some point I will set up a schedule and organize post ideas or something really professional like that. In the meantime, I’ve been out of sorts and not feeling great and just let it slide too many days.
As it is on my mind, I’d like to talk about ways to pamper yourself and help lift your spirits when you are feeling down or just irritable. For me, I find music often helps. Currently, my favorite ways to get music is in my car with my XM radio, or at home, via my computer, with Amazon Music playlists. Don’t judge too much, but my favorite playlists are often classic rock, or 80s mixes. I dance, I sing along, loudly and off-key, and just skip over anything remotely sad.
I also like to pamper myself physically a bit. For some, that might be a massage, or a hot bath with bubbles. Those are both great ideas. I set aside some time on Saturday to give myself a mani/pedi. I used AVON’s Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel in Roses are Red (on sale now for 2 for $8.99), and my new obsession, Foot Works Beautiful Toasted Macadamia Nut collection. I used the Exfoliating Scrub, the Relaxing Foot Soak and the Moisturizing Cream. It smells so good, like kinda sweet and nutty and a little bit like toasted coconut. I don’t know, but I love it. They’re pretty fairly priced now, but I am nearly positive there will be gift sets or sales closer to Christmas. Anyway, so that little self-care session helped a lot.
When I’m really cranky, I like to hide away from my friends and family to prevent myself from getting annoyed with them, when they are not really my problem. I don’t like to share my bad moods with those I love. So, I like to read, play video games or watch TV or movies. Its just a little exercise in distraction and getting out of my own head for awhile. I recently read books from The Parasol Protectorate series, which are fun novels with a steampunk setting. I rewatched Downton Abbey, on Amazon Prime. I’ve also been playing The Sims 3, which I know is not new, but I have all the expansions and I love it.
Now, you might be wondering. If you’re doing all this pampering and dancing and goofing off, how are you getting anything done!?! You’d be right of course. It’s sometimes hard to focus in the midst of all this self-care, but to be fair, it’s hard to focus when you’re grumpy or sad too. I use timers. I set timers when the boys are at school to go off at regular intervals. Sometimes, it’s 15 minutes of play, then 15 minutes of work. The times vary, but the reminders help me to not get too lost. I also use Mindbloom, which is a great website for tracking habits. When I feel a bit out of it, I check Mindbloom for hints of what to do next. I find it really helps, especially when I remember to open it.
Anyway, I hope you found some of this helpful. Please comment or message me if you have any bad mood busters to suggest!
As always, I leave you with an AVON coupon code.