What’s the secret to a good mood for me lately? I determined that it is something as simple as getting out of the house! Yesterday, feeling lazy, I missed my Monday morning appointment with a treadmill at the YMCA. The day went downhill from there. Lethargy set in and it was all I could do to keep moving. Tiny naps invited me to participate all day long. And I took them up on the chance to snooze in a chair more than once. In short, not much was accomplished – aside from an hour of graduate work I did at the public library in the afternoon.
Today needed to be different! While I lay awake last night, due to my tiny naps having a cumulative effect and creating some insomnia, I knew I had to structure my day today. Around 3:30 a.m. I got up to write down what I came up with for my day today. It looked like this:
- get up early (6:30 a.m.)
- get to the YMCA by 8 a.m.
- go to the post office with a jewelry order and Lands’ End return
- get a car wash
- get the grocery shopping done before noon
- be at the library when it opens at 1 p.m. to capitalize on the progress I made yesterday
- walk with a friend in late afternoon
- go to school to weed the garden after dinner
- shower & get ready for bed
Well, by the time I finished the grocery shopping, my mood was already elevated. This is significant because I dislike grocery shopping just as much as anyone else. But, today I made sure I had a list and worked to scratch things off as I made my way around a quiet store. I am goal oriented and unfortunately, this applies to shopping as well! Hmmmm, maybe Tuesday mornings are a good time to shop! I also felt good because I helped an elderly lady with one of the plastic bags you put vegetables in. She couldn’t get it open, so I made some small talk with her as I assisted with the bag. She was grateful and the simple action of helping someone put a smile on my face! It also helped that my husband gave out some chores to our boys, as well. I even called my parents to check in and say hello!
It seems all it takes these days to life my mood is to simply get out of the house. The days are short and I get busy doing things that beckon my attention. But, I realize the laundry, the dishes, the crumbs on the pantry floor – well, they’ll all be there waiting for me when I return from bolstering my attitude by a short time out of the house. Yes, I went from meh to marvelous in less than 24 hours! And, it feels great!
This is my submission to the Slice of Life Tuesday blog forum hosted by Two Writing Teachers.