By Stephanie Johnston
Highs and lows are a normal part of the human experience. Peaks and valleys. I have been told so many times, “You are always happy!” I think the dimples make me seem that way but the truth is, I have highs and lows too. I’m an emotional being, so what I feel is usually amplified.
Since it’s been a long winter here on the East Coast, I thought I’d share some of the ways I deal with the low days when they do show up. Knowing that it’s OK to have sad days, and allowing myself to feel what I’m feeling helps so much!
Here’s what I do:
- I surrender to Netflix marathons, wrapped up in cozy blankets.
- I play outside with my best friend ROXY (My angelic Golden Retriever). Seeing her in her happy state makes me smile every single time!
- I always feel better in the water. Oceans + rivers in the summer, bathtubs or pools in the winter.
- Turn off social media!
- Lay in bed (or on my living room floor) and listen to music.
- Take a drive to the wintery beach with the music turned up!
- Look up at the sky and notice the clouds or the birds flying.
- Move my body!
- Journal or write out my thoughts and feelings.
- Walk in the woods to ground myself and enjoy the scents and sounds.
- Book myself in for a massage therapy session.
I always just ask myself, what could make me feel even just a little bit better? What would bring me comfort right now?