When days get rough, don’t give up! I get into a funk sometimes that’s hard to shake, but when that happens, here are a few things I do that help
Bad days…everyone has them, and I seem to have had plenty of them lately! Between sickness, injury, crushing stress, and poor habits, I have been worn down, fatigued, and un-motivated. Some days I just want to curl up under my covers and stay there forever! While proper rest is great, ignoring life by hiding away only makes things worse.
Some days I get so discouraged by things around me and my circumstances, that I fall into a funk that is hard to get out of. My body feels so out of balance lately from antibiotics, too many poor food choices, and not enough water, and it’s taking a heavy toll on me.
I am really struggling to get my footing the last few days, but I am trusting that God will help me forward if I put forth the effort to make better decisions.
For me, feeling crappy leads to a vicious cycle of overeating, sitting around, and feeling more crappy! Ultimately, how I am feeling comes down to what I am putting in my body, whether it’s the music I listen to, the food I eat, the water I drink (or fail to drink!), the words I say to myself, and the mental stress I endure.
In order for a change to take place in me, I have to make a change somewhere in my daily habits. So, even though it’s hard, I need to make the effort to take better care of myself in several ways to feel a change:
- Drink more water!
- Eat more veggies
- Say no to sugar
- Avoid the foods I am sensitive to
- Decrease my stress levels
- Move in a relaxing way – like walking, yoga, etc.
I am learning more that taking care of my health is vital!! I am a better wife, mom, and friend when I make the extra effort to care for my health through proper eating habits and exercise. It is WORK, and making the right decisions is a struggle, but it is for good!
When we are struggling to keep moving in the right direction, remember to keep fighting the good fight – there is a purpose for every struggle. The struggle will not end or get easier, but we will get better at handling those mountains we need to climb.
Faith doesn’t always make things easier – but it always makes things possible!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist