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Friday the 13th: get that gray cloud outta here

Lisa Eberly

I, for the most part, am a very happy, upbeat person. However, we all have those days where everything is just going wrong. Maybe you slam your head on the refrigerator door, the outfit you wanted to wear is in the laundry, you are all out of eggs, your puppy suddenly forgot she's potty trained, you stubbed your toe while brushing your teeth, and before you've even gotten out of the door you're just like OKAY, TODAY, I'M OVER YOU. 

These days are rare, but I've had a couple of them recently (I think they really increase in frequency when skies are gray, which is daily in Seattle Fall). Case in point: I am usually really good about saving articles while I'm writing them but I was on a roll with today's article and when I was finishing up the last sentence of a GREAT off-the-cuff piece my computer crashed and I lost it ALL. So this is round two. I'm going to need to check a couple things off this list when I'm done writing. *clicks save again for good measure*

Any who, what better day to talk about these sorts of days other than Friday the 13th! Pretty sure today is famous for being just the worst. So, here are my tips for getting through days that are kind of just YUCK, and I've learned from experience they work! If you have any great tips, please share in the comments! Always looking for new ways to brighten up gray days! 

1. Take a lap. Getting outside for a quick walk can seriously do wonders. Taking a deep breath, throwing some earbuds with a great audiobook or jam, and hitting the pavement for a brisk walk around the block can literally change everything. Even if it’s only 10 minutes, getting your blood pumping and that fresh air in your lungs feels soooo good. You might even pass a cute puppy on a walk and I mean you can’t be having a bad day while petting a puppy. 

2. Change your scenery. I work from home, so if I’m having a Friday-the-13th kind of day, I turn things around by getting out of the house and going to a coffee shop. Just changing up your location can really change the mood, and getting in different sights and smells can turn your luck around. 

3. Go workout! I know we hear this all the time: working out boosts mood, working out gives you endorphins, blah blah. It’s true — but let’s be real, it’s SO hard to do when you’re having a day that’s just YUCK. Trust me though, once you’re there and in it, you’ll be so grateful you did. Even just 5 minutes into a workout you’ll be like “Aaaahhhh thank you Lisa!” My favorite workout for these days is yoga because it is also calming and meditative. 

4. Meditate. Meditation is seriously amazing. Whether it’s guided meditation or solo meditation, walking away from meditating really puts things into perspective and makes you feel just on track again. If you’ve never meditated before, try the Headspace app. It’s a great, convenient guided meditation guru. 

5. Eat the damn chocolate. If you’re restricting your diet in any way and are having a rough day, I’m not suggesting you totally gorge and throw your plan and structure out the window, but you should give yourself a small treat and enjoy it mindfully. Chocolate has caffeine in it to boost energy and can give you endorphins so it’s sort of like magic. 

6. Treat yoself. If possible, just walk away from the day for a couple hours. I know this is a luxury, but there was a day that was really a struggle from the get-go for me and you know what I did? I blew it off for two hours. I took a long lunch and quite literally “treated myself.” I got my nails done and did an at-home facial and enjoyed a delicious solo lunch of this amazing pasta that I never eat. I got back to work with a satisfied stomach, pretty nails, and refreshed skin — relaxed and ready to tackle the rest the day had to offer. 

If these don't seem to work, try out my perspective exercise! If you have any other great go-tos, please share them in the comments! :) 

How Perspective can Change your Entire Life

Lisa Eberly

Have you ever had those days where you're just like: nope. not today. 

Those days where everything is sort of 'bleh' and you're just not finding your usual happiness in things? 

Then you have those other days, where everything is amazing and beautiful and happy?

Or maybe you usually have those 'bleh' days, but you really wish you were the kind of person who was happy literally all the time? 

I'm a mix. Most of the time I'm really joyful and happy-go-lucky and positive, but I have my days when I'm not. 

Particularly recently, actually, I've had to work extra hard to be my overly cheerful self. Last week I started my own business, moved in with my boyfriend, and got a new baby puppy. All in a span of three days. CRAZY. Needless to say, life has been a little hectic. 

I have been SO stressed about all this -- there's boxes all over my apartment, there's a puppy running the show, there's a mile long list of emails I haven't read yet, for some reason X, Y, and Z aren't working on my site, my Saturday night plans were missed due to falling asleep on the couch at 8, and the majority of my previously romantic conversations with my boyfriend have been regarding our dog's bowel movements and feeding schedule. What happened to my happy-go-lucky, carefree, romantic life of wonder and opportunity and excitement? Wasn't owning my own business and living with the love of my life and an adorable puppy in a big beautiful apartment with a view supposed to be living the dream?!  

I took a step back and looked at my life. I'm such an idiot. 

After a yoga & meditation session I looked at my life again. This time, I shifted my perspective, shook my head, and laughed.  

I. am. so. blessed. 

I have to pick up dog poop 3+ times per day? suddenly became: My dog is healthy. 

There's boxes all over the place! -- We are so lucky to have so many nice things to put in boxes. 

I have 5879378247 emails I haven't replied to yet! -- Wow! People know my business and want to email me! 

I fell asleep on the couch at 8 pm...again. -- Well that's good, I need the energy to work hard tomorrow! 

How are the floors already dirty? -- e have floors to play fetch on and a roof over our heads to keep us safe. 

My boyfriend and I have had more conversations about our dog than anything else this week. -- I'm so lucky to have found someone so caring and able to love and share a little creature with me.

The kitchen is a mess! -- Man, we had so much fun cooking a lovely dinner together last night.  

Perspective is key. You can look as aspects of your life from several different lenses. Sometimes, life can seem pretty dismal (far worse than my trivial problems), but if you try hard enough, you can find the light. If you can't find it, be it. 

So today, take a step back and look at the challenges in your life through a different lens. Share in the comments your old challenge and new perspective, I'd love to get more ideas! :)  

Photos by Mariya Moore