Picture this: it’s 5:45 am and I’m hunched over the Tassimo coffee machine in my kitchen. I’m usually in the shower by now, with my caramel latte cooling down for when I’m done. Not today.
Today there was a hole in the coffee pod. Granules everywhere. I’m not sure if you have ever tried to clean the mess up when this happens, but it is not easy trying to reach all the small compartments of the machine.
From that moment – everything went wrong. I was stuck in traffic for 1 hour and 40 minutes. The type of traffic that kind of just disappears and you’re not sure what the hold up was. I lost my headphones at the gym. I couldn’t get the equipment I wanted at the gym. I had work stress and too much to do which was making me struggle to focus. I set my alarm an hour early. 4:40 am to be precise. I could not get back to sleep.
The world was against me and I just felt really sad.
Now, let’s have a disclaimer. I’m not talking about depression here or mental illness. I’m talking about having a crap few days that start to wear you out.
It’s not very often I have times like this – I’m quite lucky in that respect. But when I do, I try to check myself and avoid doing things that might seem like a good idea at the time, but something I regret in the end.
How I deal with a crap week.
I do not drink alcohol.
‘I need a glass of wine after today’ is a common phrase to hear after someone has a bad day. This has been me in the past and I can’t see I don’t see the appeal.
The problem is, one glass turns into two glass, then I might have a third glass. Then I don’t sleep very well and feel too crap to go to the gym and crave unhealthy food.
So stay away from the alcohol when you’re not feeling great!
I stick to my fitness commitments.
On Thursday I left work with the right hump on. I wanted to turn straight home rather than go to the gym.
I went to the gym anyway and tried to channel my frustration on lifting weights. It’s a great way to keep your mind off how you are feeling as well as enjoy those happy post-workout endorphins!
If you miss your workout, you will regret it the next day.
I get outdoors.
As long as it is not chucking it down, I find getting outside does wonders for me mentally. My favourite thing to do is go for a bike ride or run. I rode 30 miles on Sunday in the sunshine which felt amazing afterwards!
I stick to my normal diet.
Feel like laying on the sofa and ordering a pizza rather than cooking that fresh fish and veg you planned on having? Whether you are on a diet or not, when you are not feeling in a great mood, a big plate of healthy food can make you feel so much better. Feed yourself well rather than eating crap that will make you feel sluggish.
I listen to upbeat music.
I naturally love sad, moving music. But when I’m in the wrong frame of mind, it really can bring my mood down. I ensure I have a playlist on my phone for upbeat, positive music that makes me feel strong and powerful. This goes on as soon as I’m having a wonky day!
I get an early night.
Lack of sleep makes me grumpy! I’m not one of those people that can get by on coffee. I actually only have one coffee a day in the morning as I’m very sensitive to it and it can set off my vertigo. So I have to make sure I get enough sleep. I listen to my body when it comes to sleep, so if I’m falling to sleep on the sofa at 9 pm, then I take myself to bed.
How do you deal with a bad week?