It's amazing how changing the way you think can make such a massive difference to your mood and your day. It's so easy to let little things get us down; waking up to the rain, your hair not doing exactly what you need it to do, that colleague of yours that is being even more annoying than usual… (let's not try to even pretend someone's name didn't just pop into your head... ;) )
And I'm normally one who's super guilty of letting these things get to me, and channelling all the frustrated energy, well, negatively. How was that working out for me? Not great if I'm honest! Nothing productive comes from being in a bad mood, in fact, it's generally counterproductive, because we spend so much time dwelling on what's making us angry or sad, that our heads are just not in the right place to do much at all, and anything we do try? Is probably done rather half-heartedly, right?
So, this week I've been thinking, there's been a few things that have been going on that haven't exactly been great, certain people getting me down, situations that I wouldn’t necessarily put myself in if I had the choice, and up until now, I've let myself feel a little crap about it all. I have certainly been dwelling on the negatives myself the last few days.
But, last night, I decided that I need to stop. I need to change the way I think, and focus on everything else that is pretty damn good at the minute. I like to think of myself as a positive person normally, and I'm a little frustrated at myself that I've let certain things, and people, change that recently.
This morning, I woke up in the most incredible mood. I was happy, singing and dancing along to the radio in my hotel room (here's hoping that the rooms are as soundproof as they're marketed to be…), before heading out for a coffee before work. Not going to lie, I felt pretty bloomin' splendid, and made a mental note that a proper good night's sleep, waking up early to music, and a little fresh air seemed to do wonders!
And then I got to work.
Within about 10 minutes, an email had managed to bring my mood right back down to the ground with a pretty big thud. And after making it perfectly clear that I wasn't happy with what had just been said, I sat at my laptop and looked out the window for a little minute.
SNAP OUT OF IT SOPH. YOU WERE HAPPY LIKE 15 MINUTES AGO. DON'T LET THIS RUIN YOUR DAY. THINK POSITIVELY. IGNORE THE CRAP STUFF. YOU'RE AWESOME.
Turns out, this talk with myself seemed to work pretty well… And I realised that all that's needed is a change in our attitude sometimes, and not a change in our situation, to make us smile again.
So I'm gonna try this out for a little while, and next time I'm feeling frustrated, annoyed, or a little sad about something that isn't really that big of a deal, I'm just gonna smile, and remind myself that actually, this can be a good day if I want it to be.