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8 Actions to Chase Away the Mama Blues

by Rebecca Eanes

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5. Get curious.

Curiosity is a stepping stone to mindfulness, and mindfulness improves mental health. Ask yourself questions like “what am I noticing about my feelings today?” or “I wonder what is going on inside my child to cause her to behave that way?” or “what small step can I take toward that goal?”

By being curious rather than judgmental, notice how the energy shifts. Approach life with a child-like sense of wonder. See things in a new perspective, notice things you haven’t noticed before, and ask a lot of questions.

6. Be social, but don’t just sulk together.

Some people just like to get together and complain to each other. It’s okay to vent to a trusted friend now and then, but make a habit of talking about your joys and successes. Hanging around with negative people and complaining about life isn’t going to put a smile back on your face. To chase away those blues, laugh with someone.

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7. Challenge yourself.

Take a risk. Shake up the routine. Do something new. If you’re stuck in a rut, you’re not growing. Taking healthy risks and challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone might be just the thing you need to shake the gloomy cloud.

8. Throw out the bad apples.

Go ahead and make a list of all the negative stuff in your life. Then, be proactive by picking at least one you can eliminate or change. Even though it might seem small and insignificant, getting rid of even small annoyances can greatly improve your mood and overall outlook. Whittle away at that list until it’s empty. If you can’t change it, reframe it.

We all feel blue from time to time, but if your sadness is persistent or worsening, seek professional help. There are too many colors to choose from to stay blue!

Related Article: 50 Ways to Love a Child

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.

 

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