Climb Out From Under Your Blanket Fort

I’ll admit it, sometimes I just don’t want to deal with the world. Instead of choosing a healthy solution, I’ll often hide under my blanket fort and watch NCIS reruns for hours on end. Having a bad day can send many of us down a very steep and slippery slope. And sometimes, it doesn’t take much. We get down on ourselves, don’t want to talk to anyone, and we think no one wants to talk to us. We hide from our loved ones because we’re afraid they see us the way we see ourselves.

I think about all the things I *should* be doing. That nasty *should* word. I *should* go write a blog. I *should* go look for work. I *should* do my dishes. I *should* take a shower. All of it can seem downright overwhelming, and all I want to do is close my eyes and escape. But I can’t lay on a couch forever under that soft wool blanket in the middle of summer. That’s when the guilt comes, which just makes me feel worse. Does any of this sound familiar?

So what do I do to get myself off the couch, back into living life again? (Usually it’s the very urgent need to pee.) Motivating yourself out of a rut isn’t easy, but you can do it. Everyone has a bad day. And sometimes a bad day can turn into several days spent on the couch. It’s okay to escape into the stupid box every now and then, but is that really where you want to spend your life? It’s easier than dealing with your current situation, sure. But try to remember the things you’ve done. The things you’ve accomplished. Feel good about them. You’re allowed.

What helps me stay off the couch is making a list. If I can cross at least one thing off the list, it can get me out of my rut. Keeping a list keeps me organized, and it keeps me from becoming too overwhelmed. It makes me feel like I’ve contributed to my own life or perhaps touched someone else’s.

What are some things that help you get back up again when you’re having a bad day?