Okay. I can’t just leave my last post as a great, big, downer. Yes, life is really hard right now. Yes, we’ve got the winter blues. Yes, there are many of us ladies that are single on Valentine’s Day…but come on. Life is going to continue. Thursday is going to come no matter how much I cry and sit in my bed and eat Nutella. So, here is my personal GET HAPPY! list. Feel free to use it if you’re also a little bit blue, or just need some encouragement. If you don’t…go share it with someone who does.

1. Write/Talk About It. Don’t leave your sadness to yourself. Write it down on a piece of paper, or grab coffee with a friend {as I did tonight} or Snapchat someone your angry face, or lay on your stomach and stare at the ceiling and have an out-loud conversation with God. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you could write a blog post about it….regardless, it’s good to know that you’re not alone in your sadness. Just getting it off your chest will make you feel a lot better.

What NOT to do: Complain, or use your bad mood to bring other people down to your current state of depression. You know what I’m talking about. Rude Facebook comments, starting an argument for the sake of it, and talking about people behind their backs is never a good idea. And it won’t make you feel better. Let’s keep it classy, shall we?

2. Work it Out! Okay. So I am NOT athletic. Read it again. NOT athletic. But recently I’ve been working out and it’s been doing wonders for getting me less stressed. Being able to control/train your body helps to give you a sense of control, especially when your life is a little crazy. It doesn’t have to be in a gym—go run outside, or have a dance party in your room, or skip down a hallway. The sillier you look, the better.

3. Watch Kid President. If you haven’t seen this kid, watch this video now. You know you needed this pep talk. Such a refreshing perspective. And while you’re on YouTube…

4. Keep Calm and Watch Harlem Shake. Whether it be Hail Hall, underwater, or Army style, you know you enjoy watching people in crazy costumes dancing to some sweet dubstep. Am I going to be participating in one this Friday? Yes. Am I wearing a WonderWoman costume? Maybe.

5. Fill Up! Filling your mind with good words and thoughts is always a good way to get out of the dumps. I’ve got a Pinterest board devoted to quotes that aim to inspire and motivate. It’s good to know that other people have some smart things to say about life, and that they’re going through some of the same things you are. Of course, the Bible is always a good place to be, too.

6. Count Blessings. I know this sounds so cliché, but start thinking about your life. The fact that you are on a computer or phone reading this is a huge thing in itself. People hundreds of years ago couldn’t do it, and there are people around the world who still don’t have access to technology or education. As a Social Entrepreneurship major, I’m consistently faced by the great needs in the world…and that puts a lot of things into perspective.

7. Get Involved. When you’ve only got yourself on your mind, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in problems and worry that you begin to isolate yourself from other people. So get up, get out, and get into something! This week our church is doing one act of community service per day at different locations in Nashville. Yesterday we had the opportunity to give groceries to the homeless. I swear that they were serving me through their optimism and outlook more than I was serving them by handing them boxes of crackers. Reality check? Check.

8. Listen to some good music. “These Times” by Safetysuit. That’s all I’m going to say.

9. Do something that scares you. Terrified of talking to strangers? Afraid to ask people for help when you’re struggling? Not sure you can run for 45 minutes without having a heart attack? Go for it. Do something that’s not the norm and that might be a little bit awkward. Turns out it really isn’t that bad, and it can be overcome—just like the things you might be going through right now.

10. Pray. Pray lots. Pray not because some magic miracle is going to happen in front of your eyes, but because you are surrendering control of the situation to Someone who is in control. That in and of itself is a blessing.

And solicit prayers. Right now I’m asking you, if you’ve stuck with me and read to the end, to do one more thing: pray for me. Pray for me, and my family, and for the things we’re going through. Pray that this cloud would be lifted from my heart and that the lies that the devil speaks to me would shrivel up in God’s light. Pray that God will make me strong again so I can help others be strong, too.

If you do/did/are praying for me, thank you so, so much. This whole blog-post about a non-happy thing has scared me a little bit, but I felt like it was the right thing to do. I appreciate your love and support always.

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7 thoughts on “GET HAPPY!

  1. Hi Jeanette! Yours is the first blog I clicked on Joy The Baker’s comment section. I wasn’t planning on it but I noticed we have almost the same-toned posts on our sites for yesterday. So I guess this was meant to be :) I hope you’re having a better day and yes, while life does go on, don’t be afraid to feel the pain as intensely too. I feel that it makes us better people.

  2. Hi Jeanette, I just wanted to let you know I found your blog through Joy the Baker. I really think God led me to your blog. I have read most of you recent posts and really have been blessed through it. I like where you are going with it. I am actually getting my own blog started (hopefully soon). You remind me so much of my oldest son. I had him when I was 18 and he just turned 19 yesterday. I think God has used you already and I just wanted to say thanks and have a great day!

    1. Thanks so much Amanda! I’m so glad that you’re enjoying it! I like to think that I know what I’m doing at least SOME of the time ;) Please let me know when you start your blog and I will definitely have to read it! Blessings :)

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