Monday, October 3, 2011

good things (only not from Martha Stewart)

In today's world, with all the demands on women, mothers, family and life sometimes I can start to look at all the things going wrong in my daily life and it really sucks the life out of a positive attitude.
Occasionally there are things that we do in life that just bring that sense that "everything is alright in the world" even if it isn't, where a long deep breathe is refreshing, and a smile on your face is effortless.

For me, I want to right these things down. Sort a go-to list that I can continue to add to. A place to turn when my pessimism takes over and my brain overthinks, overcompares, when I overdo the self guilt-trips and I overdo it with my unrealistic standards.

So here are some of the ways I like to LOOSE myself:

 playing with my kids
Undivided attention, I free myself from thinking about jobs, housework, blogging, and anylyzing myself and I can loose my self in the simplicity and innocence that they produce with brilliant colors and the smell of peanut butter. I was reminded of this when we used Smasher's free pass to the Children's Museum when he was out of school last week:

Get some fresh air
This not only important for your mood but for your phsyiological self as well. Studies have been done linking depression and hormonal imbalances to the a vitamin D3 deficiency. With all the use of sunscreen and with all the good stuff on television, I guess we just aren't getting this as naturally as we thought. I suggest supplements all the way. But going outside even for as little as 15 minutes a day (w/out sunscreen) and soaking up any sun that you may have will definately help to put your world back together when it's all fallin down around ya. Plus it just feels good to get some fresh air and get a little bit of exercise perhaps.

We did that as a family this past week, and these pics were straight from my phone. 

Clean your bathroom
I cannot believe how quickly the bathroom gets dirty and when it get's cleaned, like right before guests come over, I enjoy it for days. I feel like a queen sitting on a clean toilet and washing my face and teeth in a gleaming white sink. If the rug is clean and fluffy, the towels are fresh and the smell is tingling to my sense. Something is at peace in my world. If you haven't taken note of how you feel when your bathroom is clean, I challenge you to evaluate your mood and thoughts using your clean bathroom and tell me if it doesn't just add a little sunshine to your day.

 Clean the sheets 
We don't have a ton of money, but I've done my best to buy the highest thread count sheets that I can afford, which is sadly somewhere between 300-600. Buy your pillowcases in the highest thread count separate from the rest of your sheets if you need to get lower thread count sheets. It will pleasantly surprise you. But besides having soft sheets, cleaning them, which seems so easy but yet, so tough to get around to sometimes, will definitely add some peace to your quiet. I actually keep a couple sheet spray mixes around at my house to freshen up sheets in between washings and to keep my bed feeling like we're sleeping at the SPA. It's no wonder I'm never happy with the beds at hotels, nothing compares to what is waiting for us at home. Sometimes I bring the sheet spray with me on trips.
Oh and ps. I also spray my guest towels with this spray. awesomeness!
Linen Water from World Market and AromaTherapy pillow spray from Bath and Body Works.

 a music mix.
Does music move you?  I'm so surprised at how it can take me out of funk. Sometimes I need a mellow coffee mix and sometimes I need music that makes me want a bust a move. I do recomend you BUST A MOVE DAILY. Involve your kids. As far as what to put on your mix. Well, I am not the expert here but here is what is currently on mine. And let me recomend to you, Spotify. Totally satsified with this little gem. It's free and you can have a gazillion different mixes, one for every move. My husband and I share an account so we can access all of our mixes from any computer, and you can put a little icon on your dashboard to have them at your access in one click. You can even get the free app for your digital device.
My Morning Mix (this is to get me going): 
(this is not inspirational music, this is strictly to get me to bust a move)
Good Life by OneRepublic (the clean version)
Background Ft. C-Lite by Lecrae
The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco
Tonight Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae
Poker Face by Lady Gaga
Baby by Justin Bieber, Ludacris
I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
Raise Your Glass by P!nk (the clean version)
Misery by Maroon 5

 Sex Making Love oops I said it!
If you're married, and especially if you have kids...(you know what, that's all I'm gonna say for now)

Cup of Joe  need I say more 
Oh yes, in fact I do have more to say. For the longest time now I have had this weird after taste with my cups of coffee. I've contributed it to my creamer. You know what's in that stuff? Sugar or Corn Syrup (even if you get the sugar free, they still use the corn syrup) and a bunch of other words I can't pronounce. Well, between one of these ingredients, my sweet tooth is aching and there is a nasty film on my toungue. I had tried the "Natural Bliss" version of these creamers to slim down the ingredients list and my coffee still wasn't flavorful and creamy. Until now:

Behold Le Creme, my favorite flavors are Cinnamon Vanilla and Hazelnut, has very few ingredients and it doesn't leave that a film, bad aftertaste or any of the other things I was complaining about.  I usually use Sumatra Starbucks Ground Coffee (it's extra bold, not to be confused with extra strong), the flavor is rich and adding creamer just makes it creamy.

and if coffee's not your thing, drink green tea, that antioxidants alone should affect something. 

Make a list  check it off
But I'm not talking about your normal to do list. Dream with your husband and/or your kids and make a list of stuff you want to do together or dream of doing and START doing it! We started this with Our September List (a monthly list of stuff the kids and I want to do and research and create). We didn't get everything accomplished on our September list, so that doesn't feel great. However, the rules to the monthly list are that if things don't get accomplished and we still want to do them, we can move them to the next month. It feels good to be intentional.

Light candles, turn on your Sensi, plug in your Bath and Body Works wall flowers, spray your shower with the Target shower spray that smells like mint. Whatever you do, get those beautiful aromas around you and it should affect your mood. Especially this Fall, there are sense of Apple Pie, Cookies Baking and harvest-y scents that can really lift my mood, even if the kids are screaming. Or you could just go bake one of those things, if that is your thing and fill the house with those scents naturally. 

Do something for YOU for once 
Many natural remedies to mood swings, hormonal imbalances, stress and depression are basically slowing and taking better care of you, the caretaker who is always taking caring of everybody else! Whether it's doing your own laundry first, finally painting your nails, putting on a seaweed mask, reading a few chapters of your favorite book, making for dinner or dessert YOUR favorite dish, Asking the hubs to take the kids for an hour or two so you can go to the library (for yourself)/coffeeshop/barnes and noble/ or your favorite store, or just taking a nap. Even a quiet drive to yourself around town will definitely help you grab a little self time.


Natalie said...

One of my "good things" is sitting on my 'pretty' couch and reading a book. In the quiet. Love it! Thanks for this post. It made me miss you!

Anonymous said...

Great post! I agree with all of it:)

Anonymous said...

Good stuff mylady. Keep livin it and keep writtin about it. You're pretty stinkin awesome. Josh aka your man:)

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