The past week or so I’ve noticed a theme on several blogs and sites I’m attracted to.
Anger. How do you get over it?
Finding myself baking more than usual….It’s 100 degrees here, not really baking weather. I explained to my husband, that when I am mildly discontent I bake and I eat. I am now not only mildly discontent, but 20 lbs over my desired weight limit, and that makes me even more discontent. I knew I needed to snap out of my own private summer of discontent!
I was (blog) chatting with another member of our blogging community about the things she has tried to get over the anger she felt. She asked me what I do. I shared my music therapy ritual; Everyday for at least 45 minutes I take a walk with my dog, rain or shine…. wind or snow. I have a carefully selected playlist on my iPhone that is a collection of songs from silly 60’s pop to classical to todays adult contemporary. Once I begin putting one foot in front of the other and begin listening to my favorite songs, which are all set to the pace of a happy person bouncing as they walk, it makes me move as if I am that happy, bouncing person. Sometimes I’m really not that happy, but I figure if I look happy, the FEELING of happy will catch up to me. This works for me. There are times when I can feel the tension starting to overload me and all I can think of is; I need a walk with my music.
A week or so ago I joined a group recently founded for Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers and I just couldn’t get over the feeling I had when I checked into the group online. I wanted to push it away. It made me angry. Unlike the blogs I follow, I just felt dismal after checking in to this group. I couldn’t shake the feeling of greater discontent after reading many of the postings and wanted to explore my reaction to this more. Just scanning the words; Mad, Demands, You’ve got a lot of nerve, You’re wrong, Stop making excuses, Victims, Hate…You get the picture, was sinking into my psyche.
Then I stumbled onto a new blog (for me). Forcing myself happy. She had a plan for obtaining happiness! I would encourage everyone to read her plan and the thoughts that went into formulating it. It’s such a simple idea, yet brilliant.
After reading it I realized that’s what I was lacking…..A PLAN for happiness! From all of my years in business, I know a plan doesn’t work unless it’s documented and you are held accountable. This is what I need to do to get over my “Summer of Discontent”.
Forcing myself happy even give examples of the things she can do with her plan. Brilliant. I felt better just after reading the plan! I realized I couldn’t just wish this upon myself….I needed to create it. How the concept of creating a plan to achieve happiness escaped me, I am the supreme planner of all things.
So today, I am formulating my plan. Do it with me and keep me accountable.
Until my plan is written… here is my happy walking playlist;
My Playlist of Happiness (on iTunes)
Fantastic post! I’m adding her blog to my list. Cal’s Sis
Thank you my friend