In eating, living, running and parenting. And this is a universal truth. Even when you’ve got it all together. Even when you’re super fit. Even when your Instagram photos reflect it differently. Not all days CAN be great. Some days are just… Blah.
Today is a blah day for me. I’ve been doing a lot of meditating lately, and as is usually the case with being left alone, unattended with one’s thoughts, some garbage tends to creep back from the emotional dump you thought you dropped it at. It’s not that I’m sad or depressed or angry, I’m just distracted today. Instead of living and running in the moment, my thoughts are elsewhere.
But here’s the thing. While I turn to my support system in times of self-doubt and internal weirdness, there’s another strategy that is actually scientifically proven to WORK.
This means, you slap on the smile, get dressed and tell yourself “you’ve got this”. You don’t have to believe it, you just have to pretend you do. A smile, especially, can do a lot for improving your mood. I think it has a negative connotation, as “fakeness” should have, but this isn’t that! It’s not being a fake person, it’s just tricking your mind into believing in yourself again. And it’s not a lifestyle choice – well, it shouldn’t be. It’s a temporary fix for a moment of doubt or anxiety.
So, while I am a happy person with a magically blessed and rich life, a healthy body and mind, a wonderful family and magnificent friends, I am also a complex human being with emotions and thoughts, past experiences, hurt, anger and an unquenchable hunger for Cadbury’s mini eggs. Maybe writing this blog it therapy in itself today. Giving me a taste of my own medicine and some much-needed perspective. So here I go, coffee in hand, ready to face the world – or at least the easy 5km run I’m dreading after doing Tuesday’s killer squats.
One day at a time. We’ve got this.