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3 Things To Do When The World Seems Less Sparkly

February 10th, 2014 | 4 comments


Our feelings can change so quickly.

You know, those days or weeks where you just feel like everything is too hard?  You feel hormonal, unmotivated and dis-heartened.

You feel like a failure.

Your skin breaks out, you don’t want to exercise, you go to bed too late, you feel sluggish & heavy in your body.  You crave sugar, and you resort to wine in the evenings because “you deserve it after such a hard day”.


sad woman sitting at beach

Sound familiar?


We’ve all been there, at some point in our life.  I mean come on, we can’t be happy, positive, motivated and inspired 100% of the time…that would make us….eeerr….super human???

I was there last week.  I was feeling crappy, un-motivated, super tired, and wondering why I am doing half the things I am doing.  I felt like a failure and a fraud, I craved sugar and alcohol, and I even had thoughts about throwing in my business and going back to a 9-5 job, with less stress and a guaranteed weekly income….




This morning I felt inspired to share with you the top 3 things from my ‘get-myself-out-of-a-rut-tool-kit’, just in case you find yourself in a similar situation beautiful and don’t know what to do.  Here goes…


1. Get Some decent sleep

Go to bed early, for at least 2 nights in a row (and I’m talking by 9pm!).  Make sure your room is dark and quiet.  Sleep with an eye-mask and ear-plugs if necessary.  Sleep is important for recovery, and this is when your body is able to properly repair and replenish itself.  Feeling crappy can be directly related to having poor quality sleep.  So break this cycle, and see how a good nights sleep can positively affect your mindset.  Here are a few tips for getting a good nights sleep:

  • Do NOT bring your work home, and never ever do work in bed.  Make the bedroom a work-free zone….always.
  • Sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow, or rubbed into your temples before bed.
  • Eat a light dinner, and make sure you don’t eat for at least 2-3 hours before bed so your body isn’t busy trying to digest while you are sleeping.
  • Have a camomile tea before bed, which has calming and soothing properties.


2. Give up coffee & alcohol for a week

Drinking wine at night to ‘un-wind’ is not a good idea when you are stressed-out and on the verge of adrenal fatigue.  Alcohol is a hard substance for your liver to deal with, and therefore creates extra stress on you body systems.  Drinking alcohol at night will most definitely reduce your quality of sleep.  As will drinking coffee.  Some people swear that they can go to sleep after a cup of coffee, but try giving it up for a week and you will notice just how much deeper and restful your sleep becomes.  Give yourself a week off both coffee and alcohol, and notice how much calmer your body & mind becomes (warning: you may experience headaches for a day or two if you are a daily coffee drinker).  Substitute for herbal teas & water for a while.


3. Move your body & quiet your mind

Go to a restorative yoga class…seriously.  Or a pilates class, a dance class or a meditation class.  You need to breathe deeply, move your body, get your blood flowing, get more oxygen to your brain, get rid of that stale air in the bottom of your lungs.  You need to get out of your negative head, and into your body.  Movement will allow endorphins to fill your cells, it will make you smile and feel alive again.  Doing some exercise will help you sleep better (see #1).  When you are moving you become more attuned with your body.  You become more present in the moment, and will have greater clarity around your visions, your purpose and your goals.  There is no substitution for movement and meditation….it is better than any drug available on this planet.


I really hope this post inspires you if you are feeling in a bit of a rut.  It’s nice to know that you are not alone, and that every single one of us has experiences of feeling unmotivated and flat.  Trust that there is always a way out, and trust that there are always people who can help you in those dark hours of need.


We are all here having this human experience together.  Let’s remember that despite what we see all over the internet, there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ life.  We are all perfectly imperfect.


TAKE ACTION NOW!  What are 3 things you can add to this list?  Think of things that lights up your spirit.  Share them in the comments below, then write them on a stickie note and put it up next to your computer to remind you!

Mine = drink tea in the sun, listen to some reggae music, watch a funny movie, have a green smoothie 🙂

Your turn…GO!

Credit for the gorgeous photo in this post goes to: Mitya Ku via photopin cc


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4 people have commented
  1. Marie says:

    Go to the beach, meet up with a friend, get some sun and fresh air. And remind myself that even on the darkest days, there’s blue sky above the clouds.

  2. Kylie Bevan says:

    Agree with your three! Plus get out in the fresh air, ‘talk’ with the chickens, do something silly with the kids or move my office out into the sunshine. I have written ’50 Things That Make Me Happy’ – so always have a go-to list for when the unhappies hit.

    • ngaire stephenson says:

      Love this Kylie! “Talk with the chickens” hehe that is perfect!!! I love snuggling up with my cute kitty cat, and putting on a rom-com…that always makes me feel good!! hehe

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Hi! My name is Ngaire, owner of Whole Lot a Health. I'm a Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, and Clinical Pilates teacher, with a passion to empower woman to living a ripe & fertile life; rich with energy, abundance & opportunity.  Health is wealth!

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