Do you ever feel like a five-year-old in a grown-up world?
Oh, maaaan….I have to work today? Again?
I’m so tired. I wanna to stay in bed. Puleeeazzzzz??
No! I am not going, and you can’t make me!
*Raises hand. Guilty! I’ve been whining a lot lately which means I’ve broken one of several Terry Household Rules.
Oopsies. Sorry about that, family. As I tackled the whiny brain this week, it popped into my head that maybe some of you were faced with the same obstacle. What have you whined about this week? Any of these sound familiar. Hmm?
- I feel fat–why did I have to eat so much last week?
- Why does it have to be so cold?
- Will this rain ever stop?
- I will never finish this Christmas shopping in time.
- He needs lunch money again?
- Why doesn’t anybody ever appreciate me?
If your inside voice sounds like a replay from the clip, it’s time to apply principles from the Hacker’s Guide to Whine-Free Living. Disclaimer: This is a completely-made-up list I’ve been concocting since Monday. I’m not a licensed counselor–I only play one on TV.
- Unsubscribe: From e-mail lists you never read–click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the FTD newsletter you signed up for five Mother’s Days ago. I unsubscribed from ten different newsletters, and it felt incredible!
- Fix your Facebook News Feed: Tired of vague, passive-aggressive status updates? Political rants? Go to the upper right-hand corner of the whiny post, click the down-arrow, and select “hide posts” or “remove from news feed.” Easy-peasy. Better yet–go on a social media vacation. Whether the break is a few hours or as long as a several days (or weeks). It doesn’t cost a penny, and no sunscreen required. The cute kitten videos will still be there when you return.
- Dishes: Do them.
Eliminate the Blahs:
- Shake that a$$: Feeling sluggish, tired, depressed? Go for a run! If the only time you run is when you’re being chased, then consider a walk. Too cold to walk? At least stick your head outside. Anything to move you from point A to point B. Find what you love and just do it!
- Take a nap: Amazing what a ten-minute nap does for the brain and mood. I have mastered the art of sitting upright at a desk with my eyes closed. Anybody walking into my office would never know I’m asleep unless they come all the way around to the front. Which nobody ever does. Unless it’s my dog and it’s lunch time.
- Make plans: Give yourself something to anticipate. Plan a vacation, or schedule a road trip. No funds for a fancy vacation? Pick something that doesn’t cost a ton of money: living a healthier life, Bible study, volunteering at the Humane Society. Whatever it is you want to do, plan ahead, and circle it on the calendar. The big, red circle is enough to get you through another Monday.
Do the big things:
- Consider a different job: Is your current one sucking the life out of you? Is it time for a change. Even if you only sneak a peek at current openings, the act itself will help you determine if the grass is truly greener, or simply a different shade.
- Say good-bye: It’s difficult to eliminate people from your life, but sometimes, a relationship needs to go. I heard an amazing speaker, Laura Wynn, discuss applying certain principles to mindfully choosing personal and professional relationships. Check out her sound (and simple) advice here. Teaser: She talks about BACON!
- Jump! What’s the “big thing” that’s been occupying your thoughts? Is it finally time to act on it? Maybe it’s a move across the country, commitment to a personal training regimen, or starting a business. Get your house in order, and do it.
Do the Simple Things:
- Water: Drink it, swim in it, take a long bath. What do you weigh? Divide that number in half, and that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking. Add this simple habit, and after 2-3 days notice that your skin looks better, headaches are fewer, and you feel better overall.
- Make your bed: Every day. Even if you don’t get anything else accomplished on your list, this is the one thing you did.
- Wash your face: I know! I know! You have probably already showered. I’m talking about in the middle of the day. After a tedious meeting, during your lunch hour, before you tackle an afternoon project. Wash off the negativity of the previous hours, and start fresh. Don’t roll your eyes at me. This really works.
- Pick up the phone: Call your mama. Call your dad. Quit texting, e-mailing, and all of the things we do to avoid real human interaction (I am COMPLETELY guilty of this). This works for co-workers, too. Seems that in the age of electronics, I’ve forgotten how efficient a phone call can be. Bonus: one less e-mail thread in your inbox.
Still feeling grumpy and whiny despite all of your best efforts? Consider the answers to the following questions.
Can you pass the “Cranky Toddler Test”?
- Do you need a snack?
- When did you last eat? Are you hungry?
- Are you tired?
- Are you getting your eight hours? Do you need a nap?
- Do you have to go potty?
- Do you? Are you sure? We are leaving in five minutes.
- Do you need a hug?
- Hugs fix things that words can’t.
Now, it’s your turn. What are your suggestions for whine-free living? Please share in the comments. Unlike Matt Bellasai, I’m declaring today “Whine-Free Wednesday!” Have a good one, peeps!
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