So, I’ve received all your chiming in…or Naw.
But I’ll give my 2 cents anyway. This is Phase II that I talked about…
We are sick of Christmas. Or we are sick of having the blues. Or all the above. We just wanna get through it. Without too many tears in our wine and hopefully more than a couple of dimes to rub together. So, what’s my cure for the Christmas blues? Well, get a pencil and try some of these things out, ’cause I have a few. See if they work for you.
1. DANCE!! Don’t feel like puttin’ on your dancin’ shoes? Well, I don’t always feel like dancing either, but when you live with a seriously crazy dancing teenager, when she says dance, you dance. Whether I feel like it, or not (not today because my little mini me is feeling icky), I get up and shake a booty. Usually in the kitchen. Not sure why it’s usually in the kitchen but that’s where we always seem to wind up and dance. And sing. Badly. But no matter what sort of mood I’m in and no matter how tired I am, dancing always makes me feel better. So, turn on your favorite tune that makes you wanna shake a leg, whether they be skinny chicken legs, or you leave the fat and skin on, shake it, baby, because, first of all, it’s good for you, gets that blood pumping, and second of all, it can put a smile on that face. Oh, and if you wanna get rid of some of that flab, it’s probably one of the best exercises known to man to work up a sweat, boost your metabolism (as well as your mood), all while putting a smile on your face! And if you have someone in the house or office just sitting around, pull ’em up there with you, because while it’s fun dancing alone, it’s more fun dancing with a friend.
2. SING! Believe me, I cannot carry a tune in a bucket but when I sing, and especially when I sing loudly, it makes me laugh! When I hear myself, it’s just hilarious. Yes, that’s how bad it sounds. My dogs (and every other dog in a 2 mile radius) howls right along with me. Okay, so maybe they are crying for peace and for me to shut up (likely, the case), but I’ll go on believing they are trying to sing with me. When my daughter and I sing together (very off key), we both start belly laughing! And if you want a little extra belly laugh, sing in the mirror! Watch your face as you “try” to sing and if you’re a wonderful singer like we are (NOT), make yourself sing off key while looking in the mirror.
3. LOOK IN THE MIRROR and make silly, sexy, wacky, kissie faces! Just look at yourself. Don’t take yourself seriously. If you ever have taken a selfie, which it seems most of the world has, then you can hang around in the mirror for 5 minutes acting wacky. Look as if you’re looking at someone else, trying to make them laugh. Try the sexy look, the pouty lips, blow your mirror self a kiss, look serious, don’t laugh, try to keep a straight face, hold your hair in a certain way that makes you look like you have a mohawk, or put 10 pony tails all over your head, because THAT’S super sexy, right? Act like you’re doing a music video and YOU are the STAR!!!
4. If you aren’t into the Christmas lights, or Christmas movies, or Christmas music, there is no rule that you have to be. Though it does help to realize other people do love that crazy stuff and helping them to enjoy it goes so freakin’ far. Maybe if you try to get into it ‘for them,’ it will help you not focus on your issues or your lack of love for the holidays but refocus your energy on those other people who you love, which always seems to help me. FOCUSING ON OTHERS and wanting to make them happy takes the pressure off of yourself and helps you to see everything in a new light.
5. TAKING A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, or better yet, a walk in your own back yard, in a park, in the woods, on a trail, down your country road. Just be sure you are safe, people will not hit you with their car or bike or whatever and take a nice walk OUTDOORS! I don’t know what it is but being outside in nature, feeling the breeze on your skin, the sun in your face, the trees, leaves and grass in view, along with that amazing fresh air – well, it cleanses the senses as well as the soul. I can get this sitting in my porch swing, listening to the birds and catching the breeze, while bundled up with a blanket and a cup of hot tea, or a walk in the back (because we live in the country), a walk to the pond and sitting on the pier to contemplate life, or just meditate. We are trying to improve our mood, so meditation would be better than contemplating anything. Just be close to nature and notice all the beauty that’s surrounding you. Even if it’s cloudy or rainy or snowing, there is beauty to be had in all of that, honestly! FIND BEAUTY everywhere you look.
Okay, so these are my top 5 ways of finding a somewhat cheerful disposition. Do you have any to add?
6. Eating scrumptious food?
7. Having a glass or two of wine? Yeah, a little sumpin’ sumpin’ can’t hurt. Just don’t drink and drive, because that’s – well, that’s just stupid. And we know you’re not stupid.
8. Look at happy pictures online. Like – of cute babies, sweet puppies and kittens, look up funny images that are sure to make you laugh. This has helped me. I’ll look up crazy faces of dogs, cats and babies and it’s hilarious! You can’t help but laugh, even if you are in the midst of tears at first! Cracks me up every time.
9. Watch a funny movie! Something with Robin Williams is THE BEST or anyone you prefer that makes you laugh so hard, your gut cramps up.
10. And my last idea for helping you get out of the funk you’ve found yourself in? Go volunteer. Anywhere you like. At a children’s hospital. Those sweet faces love to sit in your lap and hear you read them a book! They eat that stuff up! Soup kitchens always need servers and it feels amazing to your heart to help those who aren’t as blessed as you are. You might not think at this moment that you are blessed but I can promise you someone else has it so much worse than you. When you focus on helping others, the thought of yourself and your hard times or depression/sadness/lonliness/whatever you’re going through falls away, at least for a while. And afterwards, your heart stays lifted when you think of those people you helped. And we all need to help others. And we all need to feel helpful. And our hearts can always use a lift, right? Right. If you need more places to volunteer, I have tons of places and things you can do, so just ask.
What else ya got?