On day 160 of my 366-day self-care challenge, my act of self-care was apologizing.
Have you ever had a day where you just didn’t feel quite like yourself?
I was crabby when I woke up, and after meeting with a friend and fellow entrepreneur, I realized that I had spent the majority of our call complaining about things that weren’t going right rather than celebrating the things that were. It didn’t help that I also wasn’t as prepared for our meeting as I usually am, which only added to my uncharacteristically sour mood.
Nevertheless, the negativity didn’t feel good.
I suppose that I could have blamed my hormones, or the fact that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but the cause probably didn’t matter all that much. What mattered more was that I noticed I wasn’t myself, and I promptly wrote my friend a note to apologize for being such a downer on our call.
We all have off moments occasionally, but once we learn to recognize when we aren’t acting in congruence with our authentic self, we can make adjustments.
A bad mood might be a signal that something is out of balance, or that we need to practice more self-care. I’ve found that taking a walk, listening to music, or journaling can lift my mood dramatically. But you may find that other techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, talking with a friend or counselor are more effective.
What have you learned about yourself during your off moments?