My Happiness Arsenal
Thursday, September 22, 2011Tweet
Today didn't start out so well.
First off, I pulled a major muscle in my neck on Tuesday, so I've been in a lot of pain and can't turn my head to the right. I was running late this morning trying to get all my stuff together and brush my teeth. Then I realized when I got down to the car that I'd forgotten to take any pain meds, so Mike had to run back upstairs to get me some. I made it to the train on time, but they must have had problems with another train because it turned out they were running it as a local instead of an express (i.e., they were making allllll the stops). As I was figuring this out, a woman with a screaming child got on my train car, and she was yelling as loud as he was, trying to calm him down.
It's a testament to how calm and patient my happiness project has made me that I didn't write the day off as a loss right there. Fold my arms, slouch in my seat, and resign myself to having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Instead, I decided that I didn't want to have a terrible day, so I would do whatever I could to salvage it.
First, I put in my headphones, which are the amazing in-ear kind that double as earplugs.
I turned on a playlist of my favorite music loud enough to drown out the loud mother (who was at this point being overly enthusiastic and reassuring at a much greater volume than her son, who had basically calmed down).
Instead of enumerating all of the things that had gone wrong that morning, I forced myself to start listing things I was grateful for.
I am grateful Mike had two days off and could drive me to the train station.
I am grateful that I normally get to work earlier than I need to, so a 20-minute delay is no big deal.
I am grateful my boss is understanding and will let me work from home tomorrow because I can't drive myself.
I am grateful that my pain is not unbearable and I have medicine for it.
I am grateful I have such a caring husband, who took care of a bunch of tasks yesterday so I didn't have to stress about them.
I am grateful for my DivaCup, without which my day would have undoubtedly been a lot worse.
When I got off the train, I decided to take the bus [I am grateful I can afford to take the bus] so I wouldn't have to carry my purse on my bad shoulder. This kept me out of the morning cold and gave me time to just breathe and relax.
I was planning on making a cup of tea when I got to work, but by then I was totally calm and relaxed. I put the neck wrap I'd brought to work yesterday in the microwave, and I was set to start the day.
So those are the weapons in my happiness arsenal that I can pull out when I find my day not going so well: music, positive thinking, tea, physical comfort.
What are your secrets to turning a bad day into a good one? (Or at least an OK one?)