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I Feel Crappy Today

When I woke this morning, I felt I couldn’t make it through the day. Crap is just about the perfect word to describe how I’m feeling today.  Put PMT together with a week of really bad sleep, sick children, a husband adjusting into a new job  and and you have a tired, feral Mum. I’m really cranky and snappy at the moment. Hate it when I’m like this. I seem to be the emotional hub of the family; when I’m doing okay, so is everyone, and when I’m not doing okay, everyone is cranky. {sigh}

They come around, don’t they? Crappy days. Sometimes they run, one day after another and sometimes you just get ONE BIG BAM one that can send your week out of wack. I’ve talked about this topic before (because this situation has happened to me A LOT). With titles like Tired. So Tired.Dr Tired and Cranky and A Tip for Tired Mums…well you get the drift.

The worst thing for me to do on a crappy day is to stay at home all day trying to get the housework done. I vacillate, and end more miserable as the day wears on.  So instead, here are 6 things I did today that lifted my spirits. And they worked! I’m sitting here feeling surprisingly refreshed, dinner is in the slow cooker and I’m just about to get stuck into the housework so my tired husband can home home to a happy, organised house today. That’s the plan. I can do this!

1. Take away coffee

I feel crappy today so I'm having a take away coffee

After I dropped the kids to school, I went through the drive through and picked up a take-away coffee. For me, this is a treat. I enjoy sitting in the car (when my son is strapped in so can’t go anywhere) and sipping the hot liquid. I find it calming.

2. Thinking About Someone Else

I feel crappy today so I'm thinking of someone else

My Mum used to always say, “When you feel miserable, think of someone else.”  As I was looking at my son as we walked the older children to school, I realised how much he loves his Mm is for Me slippers (so much he uses them as shoes). I stopped for a moment to send a quick tweet to Mm is for Me designer Ash, thanking her for such a wonderful product. It only took me a second but I’m sure Ash will love to see her products in action.

5. Getting Out

I'm feeling crappy today so I'm getting outside somewhere quiet

Even though I love being with people, I’m an introvert.  I find visiting somewhere quiet and crowd free relaxing and inspiring (especially if it’s out in nature). So I drove out to a quiet spot this morning with the kids (my eldest daughter is with us today because she’s not very well) and I found these beautiful swans! Watching them gave us such happiness! It was a lovely surprise.

4. Being inspired by what I see

I'm feeling crappy today so I'm taking picutre of things that inspire me

While I was out driving, I spotted this fence with pretty purple weeds wildflowers so I pulled over to take a picture. I love taking pictures of how I see the world. It’s inspiring!

5. Wearing a pretty necklace

I'm feeling crappy today so I'm wearing a necklace

Wearing a pretty necklace is like a little bit of happiness around my neck.

6. Look forward to something

I’m missing a friend I haven’t seen for a while. Today I made a time in the future for us to catch up for a coffee. Having something to look forward to in the future really lifts my spirits.

I’m home now, and I feel like I can do this. I can get through today. And tomorrow. And the next.  When the next crappy day comes around, as I surely know it will, I’ll do my best to turn it around the best I can.

What do you do when you’re feeling REALLY tired and crappy?

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66 Comments

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    Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo
    August 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE your stockings!

    Depends on why. If it is just general meh, then I just suck it up.

    If I am sad, I go with it and chuck on some power ballads (Adele is my choice at the moment) and sing and cry LOUD.

    And coffee soothes the savage Kelley.

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      Wanderlust
      August 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      …and chocolate mint tim tams…don’t forget those Kelley.

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        Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo
        August 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

        OMG adding them to the list of stuff to take for my dirty weekend.

        I mean RESPITE weekend.

        x

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Aren’t they gorgeous (the stockings)? Just as well you couldn’t see down to my feet though Kell. You would have seen C****. I won’t even write the word. But they were cute Mary Jane Wedges if that counts for something. πŸ˜‰

      Yes, music is wonderful!

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    Farmers Wifey
    August 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I have days like this too…and I agree with you the worse thing is to sit around the house (or shed in my case). I’ll take your ideas on board lovely xo

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      I bet you can’t wait until your “shed” is your house! Yep, WORST thing for me is to stay in it all. I just can’t see for…the washing! HA!

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    Julie
    August 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    My 5 most helpful things: the coffee (like you, I love the Maccas drive through for coffee – so much easier than trying to get 3 little ones out of the car to run into a cafe), getting outside, ignoring the ‘pull’ of the housework, crying out to God and telling Him how much help I need, and promising myself some chocolate when the kids go down to sleep!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Great list! LOVE maccas drive through! Even better: when I lived in Toowoomba there was a Zarraffa’s coffee DRIVE THROUGH! Absolutely awesome!

      I woke up this morning and I prayed the same thing: God, I just don’t think I can do today. HELP! And then I rang my husband, who is absolutely exhausted and stressed at the moment, just for some reassurance. Just to hear him say he loves me (even though I’m feral — HA!). And fortunately he does…Phew!

      I enjoyed this morning out with the kids. (and I even found a stray freddo frog chocolate left over from my daughter’s brithday — BONUS!)

      Do you find it hard to ignore the pull of the housework?

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    Wanderlust
    August 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love the picture of the fence and wildflowers…just beautiful! And your necklace, too. You’re better than I am, more proactive about changing your mood. When I’m in a bad place I tend to isolate myself, which is what I generally need to feel better. Usually when I’m crabby it’s because I’m overwhelmed or overstimulated (read: too much screaming kids!) and need to withdraw. If I can do a meditation or just close out the world for a while, I feel better. But it never seems to last long enough!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Kristin. Yeah, I get the screaming kids thing. Sometimes at the end of the day, I’ve had so much noise stimulation, that I feel like my head is about to explode. Oh for some quiet!

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    Heidi
    August 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Love you Kell x

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Miss you Heids. So much. I haven’t seen you and the kids in ages. I’ll try and bet at the next Tab Tots xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Peta Wright
    August 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    On a day when I’m not feeling quite right I eliminate all expectations, of myself, of my kids, of my husband. No expectations means no disappointment. Then, I take deep breaths. I tell myself that I will get through it just as I have before. I call one of my closest friends that I know will have some words of encouragement for me. I light a candle. I put on my favourite music. I give myself permission to just “be”.

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    Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots
    August 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve had a few days like this lately. I agree with all your ideas, getting out of the house is one that works really well for me. Or just going and sitting in the sunshine. Hope tomorrow is a better day xxx

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    Mary
    August 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Kelly, yes we all have days like this, and I know that next time ‘my crappy day’ arrives I will think of you and know of a couple of tips to make the day bearable. Just sharing this with us makes us all human and we all not alone with our ‘down days’.

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    Veronica @ Mixed Gems
    August 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    “Shabby”. That’s how I described how I felt the other day. I find writing sometimes helps me get the feelings and thoughts out and instead of festering, I have my outlet, whether I share it with anyone else (eg: blog) or not (eg: journal). I also find music, looking at gorgeous images, a cuppa and sometimes a walk helps. Sometimes tidying something at home, so I’m in control of at least a little space of my world, helps. Occasionally baking. BTW, I love your necklace!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Sounds like a wonderful list. I love images too. And I find music very inspiring (espeically while I’m doing housework!). The necklace is from Diva. It’s one of my fav. because it really lightens my mood. When I’m in the sun, it sends sparkles everywhere!

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    Emma
    August 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I love getting out to going to work my dogs with the kids in toe, and getting a coffee tho not real much coffee around where i live lol

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      HA! No, I imagine not. I can see you running around with the dogs, kids in tow Em.

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    Rachael
    August 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Life really is all about attitude! Such a great post, good advice for any mum. I’m like you, I get out of the house. Take a drive in the Yarra Valley, have morning tea with my girls, anything like that usually works. You’re right about not trying to do the housework on bad days, it makes everything worse! I haven’t forgotten about Cinderella Time, I’ve just been very busy working on my new venture. I’ll definitely put something together for you very soon. Have a lovely weekend. Rachaelx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Oh, no rush Rachael. Just whenever you can. You know where to find me. This is great:
      Don’t do housework on bad days; it makes evertying worse. HA! Love it! Well, if you have more rooms to share, I’ll do another post!!

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    Nicole
    August 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Love this post Kell πŸ™‚

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    Becky from BeckyandJames.com
    August 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Just love this post. I so love that you actively sought things to make your crappy day a little more joy filled.
    You video and hearing your children’s happy laughter has brought a smile to my face; I’m having a not great afternoon, suddenly I feel so drained but your video has perked me up x

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Well, in turn, you just gave me a bit of happiness Becky. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the video. We were just thrilled watching them! So beautiful!

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    Shelley
    August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry that you had such a crappy day but good on you for doing something about it. When mums happy everyones happy.
    What helps me is getting out of the house and just going anywhere. My mood seems to change as im walking out the front door. If i am stuck at home feeling like that ill have a nap. Sometimes baking or preparing tea earlier works as it takes my mind off my bad mood.
    I hope tomorrow is a better day for you xxxx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks Shelly. I hope so too. I miss day naps now my son doesn’t sleep in the day anymore. But then, I didn’t usually take the opportunity when he did. HA! I’m glad you’re more sensible. xx

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    CraftyMummy
    August 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Hope your day had some bright spots somewhere in it.

    I’ve discovered that I feel heaps better if I do my hair and makeup – just to drop the kids at school – and sing loudly in the car. Somehow singing always works!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you lovely. We did manage to find quite a few bright spots. Yes, I find that if I try and make some sort of an effort with my appearance it helps too. Ah, I can just see you singing in the car. That’s awesome!

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    Mrs Woog
    August 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Great points Kel, and if that necklace is missing, I have stolen it. LOVE x

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Mrs Woog. I got the necklace at Diva. It never fails to give me a little lift. You can borrow it anytime xx

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    Victoria Wright
    August 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Can soooooo relate to this post! my biggest thing is to just go out, i never seem to feel as bad when I am out even when I am totally tired. xxx
    ps love your blog xxx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks Victoria xx.

      Yep, nothing seems quite so bad when you can’t see all the piles of washing to do.

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    Neen
    August 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    ummmmmmmmm who cares about the coffee what about your stockings!! gorgeous – it would cheer me up just to be wearing a pair of those lol!
    you are so wonderfully creative and have such a great eye for beauty in the world – staying at home can be so ‘suffocating’ at times I’m glad you got out and about to revitalise πŸ™‚

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      HA! I know, they are gorgeous aren’t they! And you’re right: they did give me a bit of a boost.

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    Amy @ MahliMoo
    August 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I am feeling like this today. Thanks for the tips. We can’t actually leave the house today though as we have a vomiter in Mr 5. So the backyard will have to do.

    Love your stockings too! Where did you get them?

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      I don’t like it when I’m stuck at home…but sometimes it can’t be helped hey…and just being outside does help. Good plan. Hope everyone feels better soon. xx

      I got the stocking from Forever New. Love that shop!

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    Janet
    August 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I don’t think “crap” is such a bad word. I even blogged about it!http://footprintsaustralia.com/blog/2011/06/22/the-f-word/

    When I am feeling crappy, I often find a quick nana nap or good night’s sleep puts the world to rights (if possible). Or, a nice cup of tea!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Tea fixes everything! I’m so glad that I didn’t do something so very naughty when I titled this post…PHEW!

      Loved your post Janet. Thanks for leaving the link here xx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Just left a comment on your post. Now sure if it went through okay??

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    Janet
    August 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    For some reason it ended up in the spam folder … but I found it and approved it πŸ™‚ .. thanks for taking the time to read and comment! I guess that’s the writer in me, always fascinated by words, even “naughty” ones LOL …

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    Paula
    July 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Well done on getting out and about! I did that last night after my crappy day. Miss8 and I went out for dinner. And the word ‘crap’ is the best one to use on such days as that! Pxo

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    Kathryn
    July 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    My favourite thing to do when I feel crappy (which is most days now I’m pregnant) Is put on some of my favourite music and have a dance party with my 2 year old. A treat of icecream or chocolate helps too, and whether I feel like it or not fresh air and a little exercise always makes me feel wonderful!

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    July 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I have a list of things to do when I’m feeling crappy! I keep it in my wallet πŸ™‚ My number one fave used to be having a bath when my son had his daytime nap or after he went to bed…so nice especially with candles and essential oils…

    But I moved house and the new house doesn’t have a bath – missing it LOTS. On the upside, I now have the beach 100 paces away so a walk on the beach is my new go-to remedy for a not so awesome day. Also calling my mum or a friend and VENTING down the phone πŸ˜› And CREATING something beautiful usually helps me too, most of the time it’s re-crafting a new top or skirt out of my opshop collection of old clothes….then I have something pretty and kind of new to wear too!

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    July 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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    I really enjoyed reading your post, good on you for getting out and doing those things! A lot of the time I have a bad habit of staying in, next time I will turn things around. Thank you!

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