November 29, 2007

Overcoming bad moods, grumpiness & pms

My biggest challenge is my moods. Sometimes it gets in the way even if I
convince myself PMS is not real.

Isn't that something we can all relate to?

Even if you're not female, sometimes you just don't feel like being productive. Or you're having a low-energy kind of day/ week.

I have a few ideas:

1. Work with your moods and not against them.

We women have an idea of when those PMS moods will hit us ;) so work around it. I actually plan for my days of low activity by having some low-key, low-thinking activities lined up to read or watch.

There's not much point planning a 2-hour stint in the gym if you can't even think about dragging yourself from the couch!

2. Eat properly even if you don't want to.
Speaking specifically to women now, I purposely cook meals with spinach to keep my iron levels up when I know that time of the month is approaching. It just helps to keep me "up".

3. Drink enough water.
Many times we're dehydrated and we just don't know it. Just the other day I was feeling really blah and I realised I'd only had one glass of water and it was late afternoon. Once I'd had some more water, I perked right up!

4. Play some nice 80's get-up-and-go music
I sometimes think we underestimate the power of a good song. As I type this blog post, I'm listening to some lovely Crowded House. Not that blogging is a chore, because it's not, but because it makes sitting here that much more pleasurable.

But talking specifically about when you're feeling grumpy or just don't have much energy, put on some of your favourite get up and go music and watch - you'll perk right up!

I need to make a specific folder in my iTunes but it's mainly 80's that do it for me. And I'll confess that You Can't Hurry Love by Phil Collins is my number 1 get up and go song.

And now, everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you....

Which songs get you up and moving again?

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Suzanne said...

You forgot chocolate! ;o) Josh Groban is really doing it for me at the moment, not only his Christmas CD, but You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) and Remember really get me going! Especially when I have actually decided to get on the happens!

Marcia said...

Too right - of course, chocolate :)

Josh Groban was my gran's favourite so it makes me really sad to hear him sing :(