I usually get these days around a certain time of the month, or when I haven't had enough sleep, or when I haven't had enough time out for myself.
On days like this I:
- compare myself to others and find myself wanting.
- wonder what my purpose in this world is.
- feel like I'll never be good enough to .............. [fill in the blank].
- wish I could just pull the duvet over my head and let someone else take over my duties.
- want to cry.
Today is one of the hard days. And honestly, I'm terrible at doing anything proactive to get out of the funk. But if I think about, here are some of the things that help:
- Remind myself that the hard days will eventually pass. (Or at least Paul reminds me because usually when I'm in the funk, it feels like that's how it's always going to be.)
- Read the bible or an uplifting book by a Christian author. (Tried that one last night and it back-fired. I read my first Ted Dekker book. Scary!)
- Talk to someone - usually Paul.
- Try to pray. (This is easier to do after reading an uplifting book that has helped give me perspective on God, the world and my "problems.")
- Take a nap or go to bed early. (Should have done that last night and not read Ted Dekker's terrifying page turner.)
- Do comforting things like stay in my PJs all day, take a bath and eat yummy food.
- Do productive things to remind myself I can be useful, even when I feel useless.
Am I right in thinking others have days like this too? What do you do to pull yourself out of them?
Found this interesting? You might want to check out Adrienne Urban's post about her struggles as a mother over at The Better Mom.