Need A Mood Reset? Take A Meander!
Do you ever have a day where no matter how much you try to reframe what Life is throwing at you, you still feel like emotional trash soup?
I know I sure do!
The other day I was getting it handed to me. By it I mean six bajillion setbacks. Now, I have talked about gratitude before, and I am super grateful for the life I have and everything I get to experience, but when you have unexpected car repairs, family drama, and that D@M# cow gets out again, sometimes your attitude isn't always in its best place.
I have found that these sort of challenge waves hit a bit like an existential tsunami of let's test her mettle doom. Just when I think I am making progress with my development and good habit institution, along comes Life to give me an existential vibe check on aisle three.
Thanks a lot....
Anyway, learning to reframe everything I get to experience everyday as a game has really helped me a lot. As a person prone to anxiety, I struggle with getting overwhelmed by having a constant awareness of what could happen to me as I navigate the ish of all my tasks everyday. That is a recipe for angst and internal inflammation, so the game reframe has been super helpful.
However, the most helpful thing of all has been the most simple to institute. When things get a bit over the top in my feed, I just take a walk.
I mean, I walk a lot every day. For starters, I live on a farm, lots of walking involved there, but that's not the type of walk I am talking about, I am talking about an intentional WALK away from it all.
One thing that I have learned in all my study of the realm of time management is that you have more time than you think, you just have to grasp it. A lot of the time that comes from pruning and purging that which isn't important or necessary, which is a whole other blog post.
That said, no matter how busy I think I am, if my mood is frazzled, I block out a time for a walk. Said walk almost always helps me reframe my vibe.
Why? Well-being derived from being out in nature for starters. Meandering through the trees (desert, steppe, etc.) is just plain good for my soul. How can you worry about an excess of bills to pay, or getting the kids signed up for yet another function, or that darn vacuum is broken again when you spy a bumblebee flitting from wildflower to wildflower?
The demands of the day fade away when your eyes alight on cotton candy clouds and vibrant green pine needles. The fresh air that hits your lungs as your feet pad along the forest floor invigorates your carcass, and I'm telling you, after just a few minutes everything feels right again.
Walking is so good for you, and I think walking in Nature is even more so. Now I know that not everyone has the option of dwelling in the wild places of this planet, but every city that I have visited had some pretty great green spaces. If you are feeling frazzled, find one! Meander through that place for a bit, I am betting that you'll feel a bit restored after.
Because here's the thing, there will always be things. No matter who you are, things will be clambering for your attention. Resetting your intention with a randomly interspersed bit of being (taking a walk with no destination or objective in mind) seriously helps to break you out of the to do melee of hectic feeling generation that many of us often get stuck in.
Or at least that has been my experience thus far, and it's another thing I am truly thankful for. Because I'd much rather navigate this life as a Collected Kat rather than a Frazzled By Life Trash Panda.
As someone who is trying to do the work to perform my best, I am constantly seeking methods that will help me jettison harmful habits that are keeping me from being who I want to be, my best me so to speak. That work on top of living life is quite an undertaking. Not that I am complaining, I love the work, because I love living. The thing is, sometimes it's good to take a step out of the arena of hitting it hard and spending some just being time, and that is something that I think my mood reboot walks represent.
I really hope you enjoyed your walk.
You already got the battle won in knowing what is going on with yourself and knowing what works for you to overcome.
Good on ya 👏
But then again as I got and get to know you, this does not surprise me.
You are a strong person.
Hope the rest of your Sunday is super fantastic my friend 😀
Awww! I adore your comments, my super-excellent pal! They always make my day!😊
I had a professor once who told me, "There's always more to learn" and it's kinda my life motto, everyday I glean something for real!
My Sunday is going fabulous, and I still have a dinner and movie date to attend with a bunch of friends tonight, so SQUEE!
Hope your weekend has been beyond pleasant!
And mine has been fabulous as always 😀
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I love the pictures, they are all beautiful, and the picture of the happy cat is the best!
Oh I so agree! Happy kitty pics are the absolute bestest!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Yes, I need to as well!
Hope you got a lovely stroll in😊
Nice post @generikat. Sometimes you need to step away from the situation. You are blessed to have great surroundings in your own backyard.
I so agree with you about just stepping away on occasion, and I do feel pretty grateful that my backyard is so awesome, so I don't have to go far to restore my mood lol!
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A walk will do it every time! You are right though, I have to reframe my day, several times a day. I have become such a timewaster. I sit at the computer at the end of the day and wonder where all my time went... and how people can do amazing things and post!
But, when I grab hold of myself, I find I have more time than I need.
You are an amazing lady who I learn little tricks of the trade on a daily basis! I hope you had a wonderful day.
Scratching that kitty!
YES! That is perfectly said!
Your comment was like a mind hug I swear, I just spent the last 10 hours manually taking down two yurts with a bunch of teenagers and this lady feels a little more out than amazing, but holy wow am I smiling. You are so wonderful my dear, gifted pal!
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Found your post on LISTNERDS, I really enjoy cat content, although of course this is not only about your cat but still. Feeling a bit meh myself, a lot of changes and shifts in my life right now. I am going to the mountains this wee and although it is work I will still have the time to fill up those empty batteries.
I kinda think that cats invented the internet sometimes, I mean cat content and the internet go together like peas and carrots lol! (j/k)
Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope that mountain trip recharges your vibe and that you have a lovely, restful time😊
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Oh, I love the photos! Beautiful surroundings!
And anxiety is also something I often deal with. Only I'm not so much into what can happen to me, but for me it's a problem to 'do new things' Like now for example, that I really WANT to take trips to go photographing, but at the same time ... I haven't been able to do it for so long that I now really have to get over my anxiety to actually do it. Instead of really doing that, I just take the dogs for a walk in the woods where I come every day. And where I no longer take a camera because the environment does not inspire me to photograph. It's TOO familiar for me.
To pick up that photography, I have to go to those 'new places', change of scenery. I know that once I'm through, I'll enjoy it to the fullest. But doing it alone, that threshold is still too high. It really sucks because I really long for it, and still can't get over my anxiety.
Being highly sensitive and prone to fear is not a good combination 😔
I'm so glad you like them! I am nowhere near the photographer you are, but I am blessed with a pretty awesome back yard, well, pasture and pine forest lol!
Isn't it just wild how many flavors of anxiety there are? Right now I am training myself to run into discomfort because I am so risk averse and love coziness. Not that those are bad traits, but they can be unhelpful if one is trying to create and grow. I'm sending you all the hugs right now, because I know just how it feels to want to do something with your whole soul while at the same time holding yourself back. 😊
Then again, you are so right, nature truly does heal and walks with puppers in the woods are never a bad thing! Hope you are have a wonderful morning!
Taking a walk, literarily walking away temporarily from it all, can be very therapeutic, mentally and physically, I enjoy it when I can. Thanks.
I'm so glad to hear you enjoy a restorative stroll when you can, thank you so much for stopping by!!
My husband could walk and did walk miles every day on the farm. I am not able to just walk and enjoy it. But sometimes I do manage a brief meander around my yard, checking out gardens. Probably why there are so many flower photos in my posts...
Ooh, flower gazing meanders are some of my favorites!
I am definitely like your hubs, I can meander for miles and truly enjoy it! Today I walked up and down a mountain doing hard manual labor though, so I am bit walked out lol! Hope you are having a lovely evening my friend!
I think that is a great thing to do for self care. It does make a difference and especially when you can take advantage of the nicer weather. Things do tend to pile on sometimes. It is great to have coping mechanisms that are truly helpful.
Things so do tend to pile on, you are so right! And for some reason a stroll helps me realize that it's just part of life and I will get through it. Finding one's best coping mechanisms is the challenging part sometimes though lol!
Thanks for stopping by, hope all is well in Wisconsin!
You're welcome, @generikat! All good here in Wisconsin, thank you! We had some summer weather and now we have Spring for a few days. That is my preference. No furnace and no AC needs to be running. It can take some time, trial and error to find the coping mechanisms that work best for us. Overall just getting away from my desk for some fresh air works wonders and doesn't cost anything. Take care and Enjoy your day! 😀
You had a beautiful place for your walk. I am so glad you know how to get your mood back up. Mr. Positivity, @bradleyarrow, would be proud of you.
My back ten acres feels cut off from the world in a great way, I truly do feel blessed to live in such a beautiful place for sure. And yes, I am sure Captain Positive would be proud lol!
All that sunshine and outdoors. Lovely! It's amazing what a walk in God's creation can do to calm the nerves and give peace. Inspirational!
It is such a blessing to just get to be out in the beauty of it all, I so, so agree!
Thank you so much for dropping by!
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I meander for this reason also!
Great photos. I like your walk to get away from it all - to reset. On these walk- like you did - one observe such beauty and everything starts to fall back into perspective in this game of life.
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