Have you ever had a day where you suddenly realize you have reverted to the status of a toddler? You know – you want to say “No!” to everyone and the best thing that could happen would be to go to your room and take a nap! Of course, a cookie or two might even help.
Sometimes, we just wake up cranky! No explanation, we just do not feel like dealing with life. If that happens to you, I have a few ideas to help you let go of any unexpected crankiness.
- Acknowledge your crankiness. SCREAM! REALLY LOUD! “Today, I am cranky!
- Then find a pencil and paper and write down why you hate everything and everybody. If nothing comes to mind, simply write: I HATE EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY!
Hopefully, you are feeling better by now. If not: Write down the acronym “HALT” on your paper and ask yourself: Am I???
Hungry? Angry? Lonely and/or Tired?
Obviously, if you are hungry and your blood sugar is dropping drastically by the minute, eat some nutritious food. If you are angry, sit down in a quiet spot and write down what exactly you are angry about. If you draw lots of flowery scribbles alongside your reasons for being mad, it helps calm your anger a few degrees.
If you are lonely, call or text your favorite FIG friend. They totally get you and definitely will quickly reassure you that you are not alone in this life.
And finally, if you are tired, immediately try one of these four anti-crankiness remedies.
- Breathe. Deep breathe. Blow out as much of the air in your lungs as you can and then inhale for as long as you can. How did that feel? Count to 5 on the inhale and 6 on the exhale. Keep increasing your numbers until you reach 9 on the inhale and 10 on the exhale. It really helps.
- Hydrate. How much water do you drink every day? Did you know that dizziness, headaches or fatigue can be symptoms of dehydration? Keep track of your water intake. Next time you feel cranky, drink a glass of water and see if that helps.
- Rest. You may not have time to take a nap, but you do have time to take 15 seconds to close your eyes and relax. Try this: Tense up as many muscles as possible, then start relaxing a little at a time, starting at your feet and working your way to the top of your head. (Don’t forget your tongue.)
Try these simple steps and see how they work for you. I’d love to hear if these ideas help you or if you have some anti-cranky remedies! Please comment below and let me know.
Goodbye (to crankiness),
Definitely not worth the wrinkles.