First take a minute to remember all those who lost their lives 11 years ago today and pray for our military who defend us from evil.
Now to my blog.
This summer was supposed to be care free, but ended up exhausting leaving me searching for my Happy Place. Since I wasn’t able to find it on a map, I looked elsewhere. I discovered that Happy is directly related to energy. If your energy is low you’re down. So here are a couple ways to boost your energy.
- Go for a brisk walk in the sunshine—treadmills don’t count. The walk will get you out of the house and into the fresh air. No matter what time of year, outside will perk you up. And your body will produce some vitamin D.
- Listen to upbeat music. Music lifts our spirits. Better yet, download your songs and take them with you on your walk.
- Go out with friends. I look forward to my weekly coffee outing. When we’re forced to skip one I really miss the companionship.
- If you’ve got a To Do list glaring at you, the unfinished tasks tend to weigh on you. Take them one at a time. If they seem overwhelming break them down into smaller jobs. Clean one room at a time, sort one pile today, or one shelf in the morning and another in the afternoon. Be sure to draw a big (chose your favorite color) line through completed items.
- Get organized. This may just be me, but if I’m organized and my area is clean I feel better. I don’t do well with clutter. Straighten a closet, donate all that stuff you no longer wear. Simply walk through the house with a trashcan and start pitching.
- Have some fun. Schedule an activity with someone, try a new recipe one night a week, go shopping with a friend, do something you don’t often get to do, or something new.
- Challenge yourself. What have you always wanted to do but you keep putting it off? Start on the journey. No matter what it is it will lift your spirits.
- Do something for the community. Lots of groups need volunteers. You can paint the house of an elderly person who can’t afford it, in the fall we can rake leave for those same people. Giving makes you feel better.
- Shed the guilt. Is there something or someone you’ve been neglecting? Has inattention has gone on so long you feel you can’t mend the rift. Well, it isn’t too late. Your action will brighten someone’s day and lift your mood.
- Do a little something. When you get home tired from work, before you make dinner, to out and talk to a neighbor, walk to the mail box, throw a ball for the dog. You’ll be surprised at the energy you find.
What activities brighten your spirits?