Sour Day

Today is just one of those days. You know the ones. It’s grey and icky and really, really wet out, and I clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed because my mood is just so sour today.

I haven’t been in a mood like this in a really long time–I don’t think any of you will be surprised to hear that generally I’m a pretty chipper person. I recognize that I have a pretty good life: a family who loves me, a boyfriend who loves me, two adorable schnauzers who I have to assume love me, if for no other reason than I’m the one who feeds them. I’m gainfully employed, I have a roof over my head, food in mah belly… believe me, I know there’s not a lot of foundation for me to Eeyore out on you all.

And the worst part is that this day really SHOULDN’T seem so bad! It isn’t like anything terrible has happened. I mean, sure, I got some disappointing news about my book, and the weather is blah, and I stayed up really late trying to write last night but only managed to eek out about 100 words, meaning I feel like I’m tired today for nothing. But, I mean, c’mon. Suck it up, Gretchen. Far worse things are happening in the world. Worse things have happened to me in the not-so-distant past (anybody remember catastrophe week?).

Unfortunately, knowing all that on a cognitive level doesn’t really do much to boost my mood. Logic and emotion? They don’t always work in conjunction with each other. Since I can’t think my way out of it, I gotta figure out some other way to pick myself out of this slump. I’m thinking I might need to spend some time with Taylor’s fake-sunshine lamp when I get home from work today.

Okay, enough complaining. Sorry for going all doldrum-dweller on you guys. I promise tomorrow I’ll be back with some actually interesting content (well, interesting to me: oil cleansing!) and stop with the whiner baby act. 🙂

What are your go-to mood-lifting methods?

11 Comments

  1. I usually play some Smash or Glee music if I’m feeling low. Or I call my mom.

  2. I’m interested to hear about your experience with oil cleansing! I feel like the only person on the entire internet who couldn’t get it to work. Sigh.

    I hope your day improves! I’m just south of you in central VA and it’s sunny here now (after a very wet morning) so hopefully the rain will stop soon where you are too.

  3. I either watch Bridget Jones’ Diary or Love Actually, or have a dance party in my kitchen while cooking something fabulous.

  4. Wallowing is really the only way to get me out of a grumpy mood. It’s like when I get a song stuck in my head. To get it out of my head, I have to listen to it again. To get the bad mood out of me, I have to live in the bad mood for a while. Put on jammies, climb in bed, and watch a bunch of trashy TV.

  5. I know exactly how you feel. I have no voice, a persistent cough, stupid work and transport delays, also the weather got really cold again (I’m English I cope well with rain but rubbish with actual cold!) and my favourite pair of work trousers died today. You’ve reminded me that one of my rules to live by is ‘no-one died so it’s not a disaster’ so that’s put it in perspective already! My cure is going to be going home, having a gin and tonic, watching the video that my sister in law sent me of the nephew singing isty bitsy spider having an early night and plan my next holiday (to DC no less!) Hopefully I will wake up tomorrow in a happier mood, although I have to go to the dentist tomorrow so I can’t guarantee anything!

  6. I know exactly what you mean, I get in moods like that too. I turn to the humor section on Pinterest to make me smile. I actually wrote about it last night on my blog!

  7. Sometimes simply saying out loud, “I’m feeling grumpy, and I don’t know why” helps me get over it. Hopefully blogging about it is helping serve that purpose! I think it also helps to decide to do something nice for yourself–maybe get a pedicure when you get off work, buy a magazine and a cup of coffee and just sit and read, go to Lowe’s and look at all the pretty flowers in the garden center… whatever you feel like doing. (Because we should reward ourselves for pouting about nothing, right? Hahaha…) It’ll give you something to look forward to, and in a way it gives you some control: “I’m in a bad mood, but I’m choosing to do this thing for myself that I know makes me happy.” That usually helps me! Hope your day gets better!

  8. This weather BLOWS. My post today was titled “Dreary Day” typically sunshine is the only thing that can turn days like this around! I think I can see a little right now though!! SO EXCITING!

  9. You are preaching in my doldrums dialect, sister.

    This sounds silly, but when I can’t shake these moods, I like to sit at home by myself and watch scary movies. My mind gets so preoccupied with “WHAT WAS THAT NOISE WAS IT A CIVIL WAR GHOST WITH MALICE AND A CHAINSAW?” that I forget everything else for a while.

  10. When I have a bad day, sometimes I just need to wait it out. I say to Greg “just let me be in a bad mood for a little bit, and then I’ll move on.” It actually helps because then I look back and realize how silly it was to be mad about nothing.
    Exercise makes me feel better (shocker)- but more specifically- going for a hike or walking a dog. A bubble bath also makes the stress and bad feelings melt away.
    HUGS!

  11. Annie Bananiesays:

    Ugh, I’ve been feeling the same way lately. Totally blah, down in the dumps for no good reason aside from the fact that it’s shitty outside 🙂 I find that just staying busy and active beats the blues for me, especially any form of exercise. Tonight I put about 4 layers on and went for a chilly trail run (well, I run downhill, and walk uphill..) and it helped a lot. Just do whatever makes you feel good and know that this, like absolutely everything in the natural world, is temporary.

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