Thursday, March 22, 2018

How to get out of a funk

The past month and a half (or so) I have been in quite a funk. 

My frustrations were at an all-time-high! Maxed out! Through the roof! Steam coming out of my ears high! And they were frustrations about everything!

I haven't experienced anything like this (well, at least for this amount of time). So I was totally caught off guard. 

I'm still working myself out of it and am feeling SO much better!

So I thought I'd post this so I can return to it and remind myself if that ever happens again ;)

1. Exercise




I dusted off some old (and newer) videos that I had. And I got my last pair of Nike Shox out and got to exercising. The first workouts I did involved lots of kicking and punching!! And that felt really good!

Right now I'm just focusing on moving my body, listening to what it needs that day, and spending at least 20 minutes per day in some sort of exercise. 

2. Walk outdoors


This one is BIG!

You're not only getting some exercise in, but you are also getting Vitamin D!

Did you know that being outdoors helps with mental health?

I found this article from the Huffington Post. Here's a little snippet:

...A 2015 study, done at Stanford, found that those who walked in nature experienced less anxiety, rumination (focused attention on negative aspects of oneself), and negative affect, as well as more positive emotions, such as happiness.

See the full article for more ;)

Walking outdoors has been a big help!

3. Listen to things that uplift you 


I love to combine this one with #2. I love when I can do two things at once (effectively). And this is one of those things that can be multitasked!

I love being outside but I also LOVE listening to podcasts! I love learning new things and seeing things from different perspectives. Listening to podcasts is a great motivator for getting me to walk! It makes the time go by so much faster (and it distracts me from the things that frustrate me!). 

I will also listen to scripture and church messages - something uplifting and inspiring. I try to do this before getting into my podcasts. 

4. Journal

I've also been doing more journaling - writing things out. And sometimes I get it all out on paper and then send it through the shredder! That feels really good!

5. Turn it over to God

I saved the best for last! This one is THE most important one for me! It wasn't until I finally threw up my hands and prayed to God and really asked for help that I WAS helped! I asked for help through the enabling power of Christ's atonement, because He's the only one that knows my pain! And God and Jesus Christ are there and want to help - we just have to ask and let them in!

I think if I had done this one first I wouldn't have been in quite the funk to begin with!

Sheesh, I could go on and on with other tips and tricks that I've been doing (visiting my sister, being grateful, memorizing scriptures, working on goals, helping someone, taking a bath, going to bed early, cleaning and organizing, etc). 

But that's a good start for sure!







Thursday, March 15, 2018

Building Relationships

Last month we got to go to Prescott to watch our 2 daughters play in State Basketball Tournament games. 

Prescott is one of my favorite places to go. I love the weather, culture, atmosphere. I also have a lot of childhood memories up there. I just love everything about it!

We stayed a couple of days and it was so nice to be out of our element. Out of our daily routine. And to be able to really enjoy each other's company!

Anyways, we try to stay in a home as much as possible and I think that is one of my most favorite things about vacations - not being stuck in a hotel room and eating out every meal!

This was our front yard!




One of our first stops was to get food! I sure wish we had a Sprouts near us. 


I could spend hours in there!

Here is some of the amazing food we made:








(And the one who makes all that yummy food possible! ;)

We kind of have a deal where he is in charge of the meat and I'm in charge of the salad. It works out really well! 

One morning we took a little walk to the courthouse (1 mile away). 


We stopped at a place across the street to get some hot chocolate because we were all freezing! It made the trip back so much better!

We also took a quick drive to the lake and hiked around for a while. I LOVE walking in the forest! As we were walking I remembered what I had read in one of Dr. Sara Gottfried's books - that walking in nature is good for your health! Here's an article about it. 






Loved that place!


And here we are all together, on our way to watch the girls play!

This was just a quick trip - 3 days/2 nights. But it's the little moments that create the wonderful memories! I think I needed that reminder today!