I heard these words every day in high school. At the end of morning announcements, our principal would wrap up with this simple phrase. I don’t know how many other people took these words to heart but I did and still do.
Choice is such a big part of our day. Many big and small choices are put in front of us from the moment we get up till the moment we go to bed. The biggest impact high school had on me was this simple phrase. I internalized the fact that the choice to have a great day was mine. Even in the face of negative events, I still had the choice, it wasn’t taken away from me nor could anyone else make it for me. It was mine and mine alone.
This led to me making really conscious decisions to choose. Choose things like taking a little time for self-care. Choosing to make a healthier eating decisions. Choosing to leave half the sandwich on my plate when I am full. Choosing to give myself a break when I need one. Choosing to make myself a cup of tea rather than putting it off.
Somedays I wake up and really have to choose to have a good day because not all days are good or even ok. Someday’s I’ve chosen to give in to the not so good days and then I just feel really crummy and my mood spills over to the next day. Again, it was my choice. I chose to make my day what it was.
If you sometimes get stuck and choose to have a crummy day, don’t worry it happens to all of us, I have some tips that have worked for me in helping me break out of my funk.
- Take a walk outside, I know it isn’t the most fun thing to do in the winter but it still helps me mix things up and get my head and mindset in a better place!
- Try something new. Sometimes it helps me to give myself a break from my to-do list try a new recipe or new skill like calligraphy.
- Make a cup of tea and watch a movie. I’m not being really productive anyway so taking a mini vacation by curling up on the couch to a good movie can do wonders.
- Write. Sometimes writing out my feelings or my thoughts can really help me shift my mindset.
- Exercise. I used to absolutely avoid exercise but now I’ve gotten to the point where it helps my body feel better and helps me focus my mind.
What do you to get out of a funk?