In the morning I am quite seemingly ok but I hit 10.30am and I drop like a fly from one of those electric blue neon things, I hit the floor, in my head, if that makes sense.
Low blood sugar? Post caffeine droop? Not sure am trying to figure it out.
Then I wonder if everyone droops at that time around 10.30am and at 4pm? In Italy they say those are ‘mirenda’ times, time for a snack, is it really that simple? Almonds, in the pocket, all day is meant to be a goody, well not just in your pocket you have to eat them! And now my sister has told me it is about not eating sugar…to be further researched. (I recently totally cut out coffee and fell asleep all over the place and was a miserable jibbering wreck.)
Ok back to things that help me.
1. Positive words on the wall, it may seem corny but I think it works.
(I watched a documentary and there was a test with identical twins. They gave one of the twins negative words to look at and sad music to listen to. She was then told her to go shopping, she was a mess, had lost confidence, was very sad and if I remember rightly she bought nothing and was very grumpy and teary. Then the other twin was given positive words to look at and upbeat music to listen to, she had a great day, felt confident in herself had a good old shop! They later met up and it was clear that they had both had opposite experiences.)
2. Upbeat music. (see above, re twins and music) ok so I have to shelve my penchant for melancholically wallowing in the music of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and go for upbeat songs. My latest is Tous Le Meme, by Stromae which sort of instantly makes me smile, although it is in French and am not 100% sure how up beat the words really are…
3. Dance, see above picture. I dance with my kids these days. There was a point in my life when I danced without children clinging to me, that was nice. But now my moves are a little inhibited when I have an 8 year old clinging to my waist, or my 10 year old girls saying ‘Mummy, look, can you do this?’ But generally dancing is good, if you like dancing.
4. Eat well.
Tips from my clever sister –
Avocadoes, nuts, exercise, sleep and chocolate… (the latter she says is bad but a real short term mood lifter.)
There are a few more which I will go on to write when I get more confident about blogging and start to give less of a monkies…I feel that day is fast approaching.
What do you do to pep yourselves up?
Oh and here is a little Stromae if you feel in the mood…