So, faced with the reality that I was going to be basically useless on a day when I had tons of things to do, I decided to take action, and to do everything in my power to shake off the icky-ness.
- I snuggled with the two little kids.
- I ate breakfast, and fueled my body with yogurt, almond butter, and blueberries.
- I put on my workout clothes to set myself up for success.
- I did 30 Day Shred, level 3, a for-sure-to-sweat exercise video that got my heart pumping
- I allowed myself to surf the internet aimlessly, and put fantasy clothes (sequin ball gown) in my online shopping cart, without actually buying anything
- I turned up some happy music (Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams) and danced around my kitchen while making dinner *way* ahead of time, so that the evening wouldn't be rushed.
- I baked some oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies to put in kid lunches as treats
- I picked up my preschooler and we sang Frozen songs in the car on the way home
- I took a walk with a girlfriend (seeing friends and socializing is very healthy for you)
- I picked up my kindergartner, took him to speech class, and read a really funny book during the wait (Andy Cohen's new one)
- I held hands with above-mentioned kindergartner and we skipped, jumped and hopped our way to the car...
After all of that, I still had a kid dentist appointment for the 3 big ones, we ate dinner as a family, I put the baby to bed, snuggled and talked with the 2nd grader, then went to bed myself at 8:30.
Sometimes we just have those days. And this week, I felt good knowing that I was doing everything in my power to make the day better, and instead of curling up in a ball (maybe with unhealthy food), I stayed healthy, and strong, and set a good example for my kids about what to do when we don't feel our best.
Any other tips I might have missed? Since winter and sick-days are approaching, I'm sure that I'll have other days where I need new pick-me-up ideas.