Getting out from under “The Cloud”
It was one of “those” days. The kind where everything in me just wanted to pull the covers over my head and make the world go away.
There have certainly been times when that was what my body needed most. Sleep is an amazing healer and sometimes the escape is just what our bodies and souls need before engaging our reality. I’ve been known to say, “Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap.” And, I really believe that’s true.
However, we know it’s not always possible. So what to do on days when sleeping in isn’t an option and catnaps are out of the question? Since I had one of those days recently, I thought I’d share some strategies you might find useful next time you need a little boost to get out from under a cloud.
First things first. Water. It may seem simple, but sometimes simple is all we can muster, right? Did you know that often our level of fatigue is closely linked with our level of hydration? One of the first things I do when I get up ~ cloudy day or not ~ is drink a pint of filtered, room-temperature water to get my cells nice and plumped up for the day. It’s amazing how healthy cells make for happy moods! A squeeze of fresh lemon or lime or a drop of a Young Living Vitality oil provides a hint of flavor while helping support a healthy liver function.
Dense liquid nutrition like NingXia Red is good on the daily but, especially on down days, it’s an easy energy hack. Loaded with B vitamins and infused with essential oils, I’ve learned to reach for this quickly on days when I feel the clouds closing in. (For more on the benefits of NingXia, check out this post or this product page.)
My morning routine always includes starting the diffuser but on cloudy days, it’s an absolute imperative. Essential oils stimulate different parts of the brain and turning the diffuser on and breathing are super simple ways to start them working their magic. Clarity and Peppermint are two of my favorites to combine on a day when I need help getting my brain in gear. And on days when I’m feeling big emotions, blends like Joy, Harmony, and Peace and Calming are particular favorites.
Then, of course, good nutrition is key. I know, I know. When we feel down, we’re tempted to turn to food for comfort. But, on days when I feel like I’m slogging through low-hanging clouds, I try to lean against that urge and make sure I’m feeding my body things that truly nourish. One of my favorite breakfasts is oatmeal with a tablespoon of coconut oil for extra brain fuel, maple syrup to taste, 1-2 tablespoons of walnuts, a sprinkling of cranberries, and a dash of almond milk. A drop of Orange Vitality takes the taste over the top for the win!
Finally ~ and I realize if you’ve read this far that I’m preaching to the proverbial choir at this point … BUT! … exercise. Even a short 20-30 minute walk does wonders for my morale on a day when my emotions are more storms than sunshine. A mini-trampoline like this one fits perfectly in a closet in our condo and is easily pulled out, enjoyed, and stored away.
Focusing intentions, meditation, choosing gratitude, reading Scripture (like the one below) and praying are also things that help me get out from under it when I wake up feeling under a cloud. But, I’ve found that combining helps that support the body as well as the spirit is important. I hope these tips prompt your thinking about ways to let the sunshine in the next time you wake up under a cloud. What are you going to try?