6 Ways To Bounce Back When Things Go Wrong
I’m having one of *those* weeks. They say there’s no use crying over spilt milk, but my favourite cashmere jumper is stained with milky baby vomit and sometimes it’s little things like that which seriously make me feel like crying. I know how ridiculous that sounds! But I’ve had a frustrating week, with a so-slow-it’s-gone-back-to-the-90s laptop and my childcare falling through, which means I’m bashing this blog post out with one hand and using the other to play peekaboo with Shay.
So, I’ve had to give myself a little pep talk this week to keep smiling and I thought I’d share my tried-and-tested ways to bounce back when it feels like everything is going wrong. I hope they work for you too:
1. Dedicate yourself to Dawson’s Creek
When the clock strikes 7pm, I ignore the laundry mountain, the dirty dishes and my mountainous inbox, and I download another Dawson’s Creek. I’m up to season four, where Joey’s getting it on with her professor. I know I could use an hour to do chores or watch an educational documentary but I just want to switch off and lose myself in another world for a while, and Dawson (well, Pacey) does it for me.
2. Walk it off
A change of scene changes my perspective, so instead of staring at my child wondering why we’re both covered in baby sick, I snuggle Shay up in his sling and hit the park. I find walking really calming and I always have my best ideas when I’m in the fresh air, putting one foot in front of the other. Even though it’s January I still love to get outside.
3. Phone a friend
My girlfriends are the absolute best! Somehow they can tell from the way I say, “Hey, how are you?” that I need some TLC – we read each other really well. I don’t hang out with my friends as much as I’d like because we’re all so busy but I absolutely love it when friends spontaneously drop in for a chat – it’s the least London thing ever!
4. Find something to be grateful for
Thinking of things I’m thankful for is a fantastic stress release. It sounds so simple but the realisation that things aren’t that bad is such a mood-booster. Like, even though I’m having a childcare nightmare, I can still work from home, and now I’m more grateful for that.
5. Have a hot shower
For me, having a steamy shower is like hitting refresh. The heat, water and scent create an amazing sensory experience that I take for granted most of the time. Some days (like when I’m covered in milky vom), I have a hot shower no matter what time it is, and when I step out of the bathroom it feels like a chance to re-start the day.
6. Tap out your stress
I was going to call this post ‘5 ways to bounce back when things go wrong’ but actually tapping out this blog post has given me a real lift. So, now I have six ways to bounce back!
What’s your secret to picking yourself up when you hit a bump in the road? I love hearing your ideas – come and tell me on social.