Eleanor's EventsScranton, Kansas

Get Busy, Get Happy

When I quit my job as a teacher and became a stay-at-home mom, I thought my life was finally going to be everything I wanted it to be. I could hang out in my pajamas all day, didn't have to keep track of time, and be present for every second of my kids' childhood. It sounds like a pretty great life, right?

But I quickly learned, if I have too many days where I'm not being productive or focusing on something that excites me, I can quickly spiral into feelings of depression. I can go days, maybe even weeks, where I feel like I'm stuck. I lack the motivation to do anything, I'm not excited about much, and I tend to focus on all the flaws and negative things in my life, resulting in a more complicated wife to live with and a mom that isn't very peppy.

Even though staying busy makes your life a little more hectic, it can keep your mind from dwelling on the bad. I always tell Doug that I currently work harder than I ever have, but I'm also happier than I've ever been. If I keep my mind busy with things that satisfy me, I am less likely to struggle with a lack of self-confidence or have negative thoughts about others. Of course, it results in me being a better and happier mom, wife, Christian, and overall person!

If this sounds familiar, pick yourself up by finding the quickest way to turn around your day. Whether taking a bubble bath or painting your toenails a crazy color, do something to reverse the funk you are in and change your way of thinking! If your outfit makes you feel fat, then go put on your skinny jeans! If your house feels dirty, start by burning your favorite candle. If you can't kick a negative thought, go turn on a fun song, funny show, or something to distract your mind for a while! You know the drill---and from there, it should become contagious!