This summer has been kind of a strange one. The weather has been a bit moody. I'm talking storm clouds interspersed with sunshine and heatwaves mixed in with cold fronts. With that in mind, I've been every bit as moody myself and it's been wearing me down lately.
One minute, I'll be in the throws of anxiety, and the next I'll be pissed off for no good reason. While others are out on patios soaking up the sun, I'm more often than not pacing around, thinking about all the things I haven't gotten around to doing yet. This line of thinking would be great if it actually made me spring into action, but instead it only translates into further procrastination because I'm too caught up with worrying.
So as a sort of antidote to constant fretting, I've been thinking about all the small things I enjoy in the summer and taking note of them. It sounds simple, maybe even trivial, but this task allows me to refocus the lens on my life and feel grateful for a change. So the next time I start ruminating about a thousand things that are largely out of my control, I can turn to my summer bliss list and press the 'reset' button on my frazzled mind.
Summer Bliss List
-Picking up a bouquet of fresh peonies
-Playing musical trivia with my boyfriend after a beer
-Calling my aunt Denise and asking her about her day
-Swinging a heavy kettlebell in the morning after an iced-coffee
-Feeling the grass beneath my toes as I practice yoga outside
-Eating avocado mint ice cream (total no-brainer)
So what's on your list? I'd love to hear about it. When's the last time you sat down and wrote out all the things that made you feel a little less heavy? It's not always the easiest thing to shift one's attention, but it's worth a shot in the dark, or maybe a shot in the light.
Ms. Moody, Herself