We all have good days and bad days. When going through or recovering from divorce the bad days can outnumber the good. There are some days when we need to partake in feel good activities for our sake and those who have to be around us.
Below are a five “feel good” activities that take the edge off of any feel bad day.
1. Get some ice cream, or sinful treat you love.
Indulge in a little Rocky Road, maybe some Cherry Garcia or Chocolate Chip? If ice cream isn’t your thing, do as I do and go for the red velvet cupcake. Yum! There is something mood elevating about holding a sweet treat and savoring its flavor instead of wallowing in your displeasure. A warning though, too much Cherry Garcia and you will be trading one problem for another.
2. Laugh and then laugh some more.
Once a day I get a joke in my inbox from thatscomedy.com. Silly jokes such as…
Man: “So what do you do for a living?”
Woman: “I’m a female impersonator.”
I have a good chuckle, and sometimes share it with others before moving on to more serious work. Laughter can help relieve pain, can increase happiness and boost your immune system. So, find something to laugh about or at daily.
3. Kids and pets, take advantage of their healing powers.
Kids and pets, they wait for you at the door when you come home. They wait for you to play with them, laugh with them and joke with them. Play a board game, throw a ball or play fetch. Take 15 or 20 minutes away from the doldrums to lift your spirits as well as theirs!
4. Bend the ear of a friend.
Friends can offer another perspective, a shoulder to cry on, and new ideas about how to handle stressful situations and they top off your emotional tank. Give your best friend a call, talk about your problems or your favorite television show and watch how you feel after the call. A good conversation with a trusted confidant goes a long way when it comes to turning mountains into molehills.
5. Feel the burn.
Going to the gym may be the last thing you are in the mood for but, once you get on the treadmill and the first trickle of sweat starts to roll down your forehead you will be glad you made the effort. Physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression because exercise enhances the body’s ability to manage stress. It also enhances the way the body looks. So, get active, the reasons to far outweigh the reasons not to!