All about the mind

Pick me up

I was feeling a bit restless yesterday. Partly because the weekend ended and partly due to some issues at work. And then I read this postย which made me think about my own life. And what I need to do to pick myself up. Like most normal people, I have my down days, my anxious days, my frustrating days and well, my stressful days. In addition to the good days of course. So what do I like to do to on all those other days?

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Here are some of my pick-me-ups:

1. Exercise: I cannot stress this enough. If I’m angry about something or with someone, or if I’m super-stressed or anxious or just feel flat and de-motivated, nothing picks me up better than an hour at the gym. An hour filled with running like a maniac on the treadmill and lifting some weights. Those endorphins truly get kicking. Sure, the problem doesn’t go away but the mood is a whole lot better and I feel fitter.

2. Phone a friend: Sometimes it’s ok to just pick up that phone and ring your bestie. And whinge and moan and vent. If I’m feeling like shit, I’ll call my friend. Who knows exactly what to say. Or not. Even if we are all psychologists, it’s not the time to get into problem-solving mode necessarily. There is a time and place. Like after 15 minutes of venting. But it’s great to have someone just there to help pick me up if I’m not able to do so myself.

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3. The Beach: I am fortunate that I live about 7 to 10 minute drive from the beach. There is nothing more relaxing and mindful than watching the ocean and hearing the sound of the waves. I can get completely and utterly lost in them. So yes, even if I feel flat after dark, I can pop in my car and head down to the beach and either walk along the esplanade or sit on the sand mesmerised by the sights and sounds around me.

4. Getting lost in a world of fiction: Books. My haven. My distraction. What better way to get a pick-me-up than to lose yourself in an entirely different world? The only thing is, I need to choose this option wisely given that the books I tend to read can in fact be emotionally draining. Like the time I read ‘We need to talk about Kevin‘ post a break-up. Yeah, not recommended {The book is highly recommended though…just not when you are going through a difficult time!}. But if it’s fantasy {Harry Potter, anyone?} or just a light read, I find it quite relaxing and uplifting.

5. Loud rocking music: It helps that I am a big fan of rock music. So if I need a pick-me-up, my go-to artists tend to be The Living End, Linkin Park, Birds of Tokyo, Green Day….you get the gist. And of course, the volume has to be up really, really high. Generally this works best in the car because that way I’m not disturbing flatmates or neighbours nor am I scaring the cats!

6. Laugh out loud: No, not laughter club style. But DVDs that make me laugh. I find that I can pop in a DVD of FRIENDS or Seinfeld or Frasier {yes, I have the box sets for them all…} and I’m good to go for hours later. FRIENDS in particular is my feel-good show and it’s like having your own friends around. Sad but true. They don’t make sitcoms like they used to.

7. Here kitty, kitty: Playing with my cats or just watching them get up to crazy stuff is a great pick-me-up. I still maintain that my kitties {along with the gym} helped me cope with my break-up last year. I doubt I’d have been half as strong without them. It’s like they know when I feel like shit and will just quietly curl up on my feet or my stomach. And their purrs are to die for!

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8. Red wine: Ok, so technically, alcohol is a depressant. But if you are like me and know where to stop, well then, it’s a great pick-me-up. I always have a bottle {or 6} of red wine at home and I have a glass or two at the end of the week to just melt away stress in general. However, there have been times when I have felt shitty after a day at work and will have a glass mid-week. Just to relax and soothe me. Of course, I’ll never say no to the tipsy feeling! ๐Ÿ˜€

So tell me, what do you like to do as a pick-me-up when you are either stressed, sad, anxious or just plain angry with the world?

Do share.

***Linking up with Jess and the others over at IBOT. Because it’s Tuesday!***


Until next time,

Cheers!!!

 

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    Nikki@WonderfullyWomen
    April 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Agree with all of them, they work, just one minor alteration, I am more of a Sav Blanc kinda girl unless it is really freezing, then I turn to a little red. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Nikki@WonderfullyWomen
    April 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Agree with all of them, they work, just one minor alteration, I am more of a Sav Blanc kinda girl unless it is really freezing, then I turn to a little red. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    R's Mom
    April 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I think going into the fantasy of the book world works for me..or just sleeping it off :):)
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    R's Mom
    April 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I think going into the fantasy of the book world works for me..or just sleeping it off :):)
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    Pip
    April 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I LOVE these kind of posts as they give me IDEAS! I am always trying to pool comments on posts like these so we can come up with as many pick me ups as possible – and I know everyone’s choices are different, but yes, red wine-tick, books-tick, exercise-tick – I would add to this brill list breaking up routine – I try a different cafe for a cuppa, a different treat for my little one (like a visit to a museum), or I think of a different skill I can learn that will inject me with some fresh energy (like a fitness course, or a language course), I even started a book club (if you’re in Melbourne :). Nice to stumble upon you – I shall promptly bookmark your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Pip
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    Pip
    April 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I LOVE these kind of posts as they give me IDEAS! I am always trying to pool comments on posts like these so we can come up with as many pick me ups as possible – and I know everyone’s choices are different, but yes, red wine-tick, books-tick, exercise-tick – I would add to this brill list breaking up routine – I try a different cafe for a cuppa, a different treat for my little one (like a visit to a museum), or I think of a different skill I can learn that will inject me with some fresh energy (like a fitness course, or a language course), I even started a book club (if you’re in Melbourne :). Nice to stumble upon you – I shall promptly bookmark your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Pip
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    Aleney @ BoyEatsWorld
    April 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I’m with you on the red wine. Time for my first glass methinks. I could do witha pick me up (or down as the case may be) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Aleney @ BoyEatsWorld
    April 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I’m with you on the red wine. Time for my first glass methinks. I could do witha pick me up (or down as the case may be) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Scribby
    April 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Oh I so can relate to this post PB, I too have my pick me ups… guess I’ll write a post on this ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the idea… all this while I was itching to write something but didn’t know exactly what ๐Ÿ˜‰

    thank you and Hugs! Hope you feel better on your low days!

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    Scribby
    April 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Oh I so can relate to this post PB, I too have my pick me ups… guess I’ll write a post on this ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the idea… all this while I was itching to write something but didn’t know exactly what ๐Ÿ˜‰

    thank you and Hugs! Hope you feel better on your low days!

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    Elise @mummy hearts money
    April 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Fiction is definately my escape too, and unfortunately comfort foods of many kinds.

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    Elise @mummy hearts money
    April 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Fiction is definately my escape too, and unfortunately comfort foods of many kinds.

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    Salz
    April 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    When something is really pissing me off i clean. I hate cleaning. But I also listen to music a lot. it takes my mind of things for that little while.
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    Salz
    April 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    When something is really pissing me off i clean. I hate cleaning. But I also listen to music a lot. it takes my mind of things for that little while.
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    missRBit
    April 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Exercise is my number one up, my number high too ๐Ÿ™‚
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    missRBit
    April 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Exercise is my number one up, my number high too ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Avada Kedavra
    April 17, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Books, books and books for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Other than that, TV or movies would do.
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    Avada Kedavra
    April 17, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Books, books and books for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Other than that, TV or movies would do.
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    Kaddu
    April 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Cool list, PB! And thanks for giving me a great idea for a post! ๐Ÿ˜›
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    Kaddu
    April 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Cool list, PB! And thanks for giving me a great idea for a post! ๐Ÿ˜›
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    EssentiallyJess
    April 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’m a huge fan of excercise, dancing, and yep, that glass of red wine to wind down.
    Last week I was feeling so agitated, so I went for a long bike ride, and it did wonders for me. The combination of exercise and fresh air was amazing
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    EssentiallyJess
    April 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’m a huge fan of excercise, dancing, and yep, that glass of red wine to wind down.
    Last week I was feeling so agitated, so I went for a long bike ride, and it did wonders for me. The combination of exercise and fresh air was amazing
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