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We’ve all been there. Sad. Depressed. Stressed. Anxious. Nervous. Lazy. All of these adjectives describe how we feel…not who we are. Life is messy. It isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. And sometimes you just want to lay around and do nothing.
Take this blog post, for example. I haven’t written something from the heart, that was truly (in my opinion) beneficial to others in the past few weeks. To tell the truth, I’ve been struggling with some of the most difficult issues I’ve ever been faced with in my personal life. The devil is testing me to see if he can knock me down, and I am NOT going down without a fight!
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Here are six things to do when you don’t feel like doing anything.
1. Take it to God
Watch this quick video of Dani Johnson. She went from being homeless and living in her car at age 21 to becoming a millionaire just two years later! She shares a lot with regards to marriage, money, and raising kids and building businesses according to scripture. She has so much value in her videos, and I’m even trying to see if I can make it (with my husband) to one of her seminars. This video really resonated with me. I hope it helps you as well!
2. Hug Someone
It may seem silly, but the truth is, a hug can completely change your world. Find your spouse, your kids, a family member or friend, and give them a big, long hug. According to the Happyologist, a hug that lasts at least 20 seconds has been scientifically proven to do the following:
- Hugging lowers your blood pressure (especially helpful if you have anxiety or nervousness).
- A good, long hug lowers your cortisol (stress hormones) and helps you sleep better.
- It makes you feel connected and better emotionally.
3. Talk About Your Feelings
Do you have someone you can talk to about the way you’re feeling? When you don’t feel like doing anything, the last thing you might want to do is talk about why you feel that way. But it can be very beneficial to “air it all out”. Talk to a girlfriend, your mom, or someone else close to you about what’s going on. Maybe they can provide some insight or advice. And if you are feeling suicidal or as if you’re a danger to others, be sure to reach out to someone now. There is no shame in therapy or counseling. In fact, I’ve utilized counseling a few different times in my life. You may even need to speak to your physician about anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication to help you through this difficult time. Just know that if you keep it all bottled up, you won’t feel better anytime soon.
4. Read a Book
Here are a few recommended books based on different reasons you may be feeling off.
Relationships on the Rocks
Books to Get Your Finances in Order
5. Exercise or Take a Walk
I probably don’t have to tell you that by getting your endorphins going and your body moving, you’ll start feeling somewhat better almost immediately. If you’re not up to a full strength training session, walk the dog or hop on the treadmill! You know how I feel about Beachbody, but their workout programs are great if you’re someone who loathes going to the gym. Grab a copy of one of the latest Beachbody workout programs from Amazon and just start moving! I really enjoy Piyo by Chalene Johnson. It’s pretty much an advanced yoga-style workout, but her energy is contagious! She could make anyone feel better! She also has a podcast you can listen to for free! Just search iTunes or the podcast app for The Chalene Show.
6. Don’t Ignore Postpartum Depression Signs!
If you’ve recently had a baby, first off “Congratulations!” The day I became a mother to my first daughter was one of the best days ever. I’ll never forget the sheer joy of holding my baby girl for the first time! By the time I had my third child, I thought I had it all figured out. The problem was, my body wasn’t cooperating during labor and delivery, so instead of utilizing my midwife, we had to go in for an emergency c-section and tubal ligation. To make things worse, we had no one to care for our other two kids overnight while I was recovering in the hospital, so my husband had to leave me just hours after our baby was born to go home with the kids. The postpartum depression came on strong with that pregnancy. I tried to fight it, but after 3 months of sheer misery, I finally caved and talked to the doctor about how I was feeling.
Don’t ignore the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression (or any other depression, for that matter). I can’t stress enough the importance of taking care of yourself so that you can care for your babies.
7. Don’t Let Your Finances Go to Sh*t
When you’re dealing with personal, professional, or spiritual issues, it’s easy for your finances to get out of whack. Emotional spending can become a real problem, and debt payoff plans can be replaced by new credit cards and newly acquired debt. Set a budget and stick to it. Make a debt payoff plan and have a friend or family member to hold you accountable to your goals. If you don’t know where you stand, you can grab a free copy of my debt snowball spreadsheet. It will calculate the number of months left to pay off all debt!
I’ve done all the things! Girl, I’ve washed my face. I’ve trashed everything that doesn’t spark joy. I’ve walked the baby steps. I’ve cried. I’ve prayed, but my perfectionism has really held me back.
Perfection Hangover can be crippling. Stop comparing yourself to others and start living your best life! That’s why PH exists! I want to encourage you to take control of your money, your blog, and your business.