Before anything else I must first acknowledge I’m not in a good mood. I’m going to tell myself “it’s ok, you can take a break” because there is no shame in that. Regardless of the reasons, big or small, recognise that whatever way I’m feeling, if I’m not in a good place, then I’m completely allowed to pause. Once I’m capable of allowing myself that forgiveness and acceptance, I can figure out what I need in that moment.
A list of things that might help calm or ease me (depending on the situation and time): taking a stroll, free-drawing, or sometimes I just need to let my frustrations out and cry, other times I need to watch something and laugh, a cup of tea and a slice of cake, occasionally some non-extravagant retail therapy can do the trick and generally just treating myself to some TLC and pampering. Don’t forget: switch off from technology. However, the two most important things are, a) giving myself permission to not be ok, and b) knowing what can make my mood feel better.
Love me xx