Do cows ever have down days?

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I’ve been feeling down/ flat ALL this week and I’ve had enough. Not sure what’s going on, though I suspect it’s still travel related :-). I’ve been working on scrapbooking my photos and I just want to go back in the UK on holiday with my family. This is definitely the hardest I’ve had adjusting after a trip – but I guess it’s also the longest trip we’ve ever had. Last week I thought I was back on track but it wasn’t too be.

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The worst part about feeling this way is that I’ve

– not been eating well

– not been exercising

– not wanted to do anything or go anywhere

– not been motivated to blog

– been feeling like a big failure

All of which, does NOT help me get over this funk I’m in. Today I’m supposed to go to my book group and I don’t want to – but I’m planning to make myself go. I know I’ll have a good time once I’m there.

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I’m hoping the weather will warm up soon (it’s been cold) as I’m sure that would help my mood. In the meantime I need to get myself excited about things that are coming up – like our Halloween party, being able to plant our vegetable garden, getting back in the swimming pool, etc.

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If anyone has any great tips for getting past this sort of feeling please share.

Todays “baby” cow photos were taken at John O’Groats in Scotland. And I’m pretty sure cows never have a down day….. except maybe in Winter when it’s cold and they’re shut inside 🙂

 

8 comments

  1. Natalie says:

    Oh no! Sounds like you have the post-holiday blues. I know these all too well 🙁 You’ll feel better in time. I find the best thing that helps is plan something to start looking forward to, whether that’s a weekend away somewhere later in the year or something fun happening closer to home 🙂
    Hope you feel better soon!

  2. Briget says:

    Libby, no words of wisdom to help you, but just wanted to let you know how beautiful all your photos are of your trip. The cows look so contented.

    I know the feeling you’re going through. When you get back from such a big trip you almost feel a bit lost, as so much time was spent before going doing all the planning and the excitement and anticipation of what was ahead, and its hard not to feel flat when you get home and it’s all over. I’ve found the only way to get round this was to start thinking about the next trip!

    In the meantime, hope you feel better soon and going to your book club today is probably a good way to try and get back into the routine of normal life again.

    Briget

  3. Wendy says:

    Hugs, Libby. I’ve been struggling with stress and depression. What helps is counting my blessings, music and choosing to do things that lift my spirits. So good on you for forcing yourself to go to book club (I missed my last book club but need to get my act together as it’s at my house this Thursday and I haven’t read the book yet).

    Can you plan a short break? That might help.

  4. Ninny says:

    I know exactly how you feel, Libby. Sometimes nothing you do can shake you out of it. I lost my dad last November and everyday I think about him with such sadness. I miss him very much and I am always on the verge of tears. I have to stay busy and focus on something I am looking forward to. When you’re feeling down, creativity flies out the window, so don’t force yourself to scrapbook until you feel like it. Bundle up and take walks outside. The fresh air and the exercise help your endorphins stay in balance. Hugs to you from Oklahoma!

    Liz

  5. Rachel says:

    sorry you are feeling down, if it helps its been raining for like most of august lol, no sunshine to look forward to here or swimming pools, just cold dark, rainy winter. Hope you start to feel better soon, how bout a spring clean or a new hobby, or do something you cant do in the UK to make it feel special that you live in a nice place xx

  6. Amanda (frugalmama) says:

    hey libby, exercise / long power walks. get those endorphins flowing. when the girls go to school plug in your ipod and go for a long power walk by youself and when you get home eat something extremely healthy and yummy. you’ve just got yourself out of the loop and its hard getting back in. put the extra effort in, dig deep (as all mothers can) and just do it!!!!!!! i’ve been there, i know how it feels. good luck xx

  7. leanne says:

    Hi Lib, This all sounds so familiar. I remember feeling really down when we came back from our honeymoon. That was a 6 week holiday and such a great one – our first trip o/s and to somewhere I have wanted to go for so long it was like a dream come true and then when we came home the dream was over and we went back to work and back to daily life and we just didn’t want to be here. Then the same again when we went to Europe – also a 6 week trip. I found our other trips for 2, 3 and 4 weeks o/s and interstate were so much easier to get back to reality from. All I can say is that it takes time. Keep busy too and get on to planning your next trip. You need something to look forward to so make it Alaska/Canada – that should be quite some trip!

  8. Paola says:

    iHi Libby, Only just read this post and wanted to add some encouragement. I was wondering how you were faring after such a wonderful trip. I know I would feel a bit flat getting back into the routine, that’s only natural.
    I am susceptible to attacks of the sads from time to time, and to me the best antidote is to do the opposite of what my mind tells me – if I want to hibernate under a doona for the day, I make myself go out. So kudos to you for getting out to your book club. I also think sticking to your routine is a good idea too, as it gives you some structure. All the best, and look forward to your upcoming posts.

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