How to Feel Better...

Today was a long day. Not necessarily a bad day, just very long, very full, and all in all pretty overwhelming. (Insert hatred of people who vaguely refer to personal circumstances and give no explanation. Sorry, I am one of those people, for now.) Don't worry... nothing's "wrong," I promise. =)

 Anyway, as soon as I got home tonight I remembered some advice that a very wise man once gave me. Dr. Paramore, my college English professor and one of the most brilliant people I know, shared this list with the senior education majors during my last semester of college. As much as I enjoyed hearing it then, I needed it tonight, and after a long and desperate search through my box of college stuff (and a joyous walk down memory lane.... nope, still don't miss physical science!) I found what I was looking for. I love how the Lord brings back things like this and uses them even years after we hear them the first time.

"How to Feel Better" (from my counseling class, 2011)

1. Put things in perspective.

2. Play out the worst case scenario.

3. Count your blessings.

4. Read the Bible.

5. Do something new.

6. Look for someone to praise.

7. Get some exercise.

8. Schedule joy.

9. Act happy! 

Amen, amen, and amen. (Oh, and to this list I would add, "FaceTime with a four-year-old." That certainly didn't hurt my spirit!

Try this list, even if it's just one or two items. I promise it helps. Thanks, Dr. P- I feel better already. =)



  1. Love this list! I'll have to remember it when I need a pick-me-up :)

  2. Such a good post! Whenever I feel sort of blue about my day I just try and think of 5 things that make me happy. It usually makes me feel quite happy again!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella


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