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A Rut or Funk: A feeling of general uneasiness, lack of vitality; an unwillingness to do what you know is best for yourself, (ie. not eating chocolate for breakfast); a tendency to be easily annoyed at the stupidest things like husbands breathing loud or kids making a mess; a persistent stubbornness and resistance to change from a grouch into someone who has an optimistic, cheerful mood; a tendency to dream about trips to the tropical beaches and/or large additions to your residence.
Brought upon by a number of things…bad weather (winter!), hormonal changes, unhealthy eating, an illness, lack of exercise, schedule disruptions, not following the”rules” of life.
I have come up with many ways to combat thesefunky periods of life. Sometimes I must let them ride their course. If I push too hard, all remedies will fail.
Here’s my notes to myself on some cures:
-A good movie…preferably something cute, romantic, or just something that will change my attitude.
-As many hours alone as I can manage in my house. Even if I just straighten up, the joy I experience of the straightening up STAYING that way for more than a few minutes might just be enough.
-Put on loud music and go on a cleaning spree. Just start chucking things left and right. Scrub the floor like Cinderella. Lysol smell wafting in the air.
-A trip to the bookstore by myself. Find a good book-preferably about a pioneer during the Dust Bowl, or an immigrant who arrived with 10 little children and pennies in her pocket. Nothing changes a rut like some good old boot strap pulling.
-If I can manage it…I can make myself workout. Walk, walk, walk…outside in the fresh air. Walk like I need to get to the opposite coast by midnight.
-Go on a kitchen cupboard clean out. Pitch the nasty Doritos and stashed candy. Eat a large healthy salad for lunch. Drink gallons of water. Buy tons of good fruit. Detox.
-A purposeful change of schedule. Draw one up-bedtimes, mealtimes, naptimes-just having one will feel refreshing.
Sometimes one or two or all will work wonders. Sometimes I have to experiment with different combinations…like magic ingredients, it all comes together.