It’s been a long week, and I could definitely use a day to recharge and shake off the doldrums. I started by taking a little walk around my apartment complex while I mentally listed things I’m thankful for and worked on improving my mood through gratitude. I recently watched an episode of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday that featured Dr. Brené Brown. I really liked what she had to see and am planning to look up her TED Talk one of these days and read her books as well. Anyway, something she said in that episode really registered with me. I’m paraphrasing here, but basically it went something like this – it isn’t an attitude of gratitude, but the practice of gratitude.
Well, the walk and talk did help, but I still wasn’t feeling quite myself. I knew I needed a little something more to raise my spirits. I did some reading, which is one of my favorite pastimes, but I found my mind wandering where I didn’t want it to go. So I decided to try a different tactic. I pulled out my laptop and started doing some searches on France, as I’m in the early stages of planning a trip next year. I started with the basics – weather at that time of year, what to pack (or not pack), an article on customs and etiquette suggestions to avoid being one of those ‘annoying American tourists’.
I realized a solid amount of time had passed in which I’d remained focused on good, positive things and was already beginning to feel a little better. But now I was hungry and tired of looking at the computer. I ordered a pizza just the way I like it, then picked out a few movies – comedies. As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine.
I started with The Other Woman, which I love not only for the comedy and camaraderie, but also the fashions. I love, love, love all of Cameron Diaz’s outfits in this movie. Leslie Mann also wears some great stuff, but it’s Diaz’s style I want to emulate. Next up is Ride Along, which cracks me up. It’s playing in the background now. I only recently discovered Kevin Hart and am loving his sense of comedy. Next on today’s lineup is probably going to be Horrible Bosses, which I can’t seem to get enough of. I’m excited for the sequel and hope it will be as great as the first one.
Laughter, quiet time, focusing on the things I’m grateful for. These are all helping me to recharge, leaving the past few days behind, and prepare for the upcoming week. What are some of the things you do to help recharge yourself?