I literally just wrote in my journal that I was thankful for bad days! You guys…..I’m serious! You may be asking yourself, “why on earth would you be thankful for bad days?” Well let me tell you.
Bad days are humbling. They remind us of what we are grateful for. They help us live the next day with intention. They also remind us that our current situation is not our final destination.
Have you ever noticed yourself feeling sluggish, tired or agitated? Well, honestly, it’s probably because you are acting like it, sorry! “Ugh, you guys, I’m so tired...” “I am so annoyed….” “I just can’t today…” You need to 5-4-3-2-1 that attitude and move! MOVEMENT CHANGES MOOD!
Same You – CLAP – New Mood! – Thank you, Rachel Hollis
Mel Robbins came up with this brilliant concept called The 5 Second Rule. She hit the nail right on the head when she came up with this rule, plus it’s versatile. You can use it to get your butt up in the morning, to go to the gym, put down that piece of candy, and even change your mood! What I just listed is what I use it for and I’m sure you will find your own use for the rule! When I don’t use it, this is what happens:
The room is dark, but there is an alarm sounding. I am in bed, and rolling over to hit to the snooze. I hit snooze (guilty) and just lie there. I am still in bed, I am still covered up, but now I’m thinking to myself, “I should really get up, I really enjoy my quiet time in the morning, but ugh… I’m so tired. Why am I so tired.” I just lay there. The alarm sounds again, 9 minutes later. I snooze. Again, the alarm sounds, now 18 minutes later and I am still in bed! Now I have to get up and rush because I snoozed for those 18 extra minutes! (Those 18 extra minutes in which all I did was fight with myself, to get up to not get up!) Now the covers are off and I’m rushing around the house, getting myself ready, getting the kids ready, barely drinking my coffee…. it’s frantic, it’s chaotic. On my drive to work I can’t help but think, “gosh, if some days, I would just get out of my own darn way.”
So why 5 seconds? Well, it only takes 5 seconds for your brain to kill an idea or an impulse. It’s so true, just try it and you’ll see. Now getting back on track with acting the way you want to feel, sorry, not sorry, for the little bunny trail. But really, The 5 Second Rule can help you change your mood!
Ok, now imagine me, standing nervously at the start line for my first marathon, 26 point 2 freaking miles standing next to a Boston Marathon qualifier. Funny, right? He obviously knew I was nervous so he started up a conversation, “is this your first marathon?” Well anyhow, you get the jist, we started talking and I obviously had to ask him if he had any tips or advice for getting through all 26.2 miles. This is what he said, “smile. When you are at mile 24 and feel like you can’t go anymore, smile! When your feet hurt, smile! When you are doubting yourself, smile!” If you didn’t know, I finished all 26.2 of those darn miles with the help of his advice. (He also had other words of wisdom, but I’ll share those later.)
Application creates transformation. Studies have even shown that artificially inducing a smile can prompt happier emotions. See, actions do influence feelings! Thank you, Rachel Hollis, Mel Robbins and fellow marathon runner.
Just remember, we can control how we feel, we can control our actions and I hope this encourages you to act the way you want to feel:
5-4-3-2-1- clap, dance, stand-up, whatever you want, JUST MOVE!