Whenever we travel, I buy a stack of magazines at the airport, and by ‘stack of magazines’, I mean at least six.
Now, I know what you’re thinking.
WHO SPENDS THAT KIND OF MONEY ON MAGAZINES?
But it’s the only thing that keeps me from hyperventilating into a barf bag while I wait for the drink cart to make its way to me, and since I don’t want my 4-year-old to develop the same fear of flying that has plagued me since I was a kid, I do whatever I need to do to hold it together.
So when I’m not handing over my carefully selected airplane activities to my daughter while simultaneously knocking back my wine, I’m flipping through magazines faster than Johnny Five on Short Circuit.
The good news is that I get caught up on my celeb gossip and find a lot of useful beauty and parenting tips, which often gives me inspiration for blog post ideas.
Which leads me to today’s post.
As I was flipping through a beauty magazine while my daughter and I were en route to my parents’ place a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a teeny tiny article that has changed my life. Of course, I was 2 glasses of wine in by this point, so I have no idea what magazine I found this in, or what the article was called, but I do remember the basic premise of the whole thing, which went a little something like this:
A research group conducted a study in which they assessed feelings of fatigue in 2 groups of people. Both groups got the same amount of rest and exerted the same amount of energy throughout the study, but the Test Group was led to believe they were more well-rested than they really were.
Everyone (or nearly everyone) in the Test Group reported lower feelings of fatigue and higher levels of alertness compared to those in the Control Group, which led the researchers to believe that our PERCEPTION of how tired we are plays a huge role in how we actually feel on a daily basis.
Naturally, I rolled my eyes when I read this, but when my daughter woke me up an hour early the following morning, I decided to put this little study to the test, and spent the next 2 weeks focusing on feeling refreshed and alert instead of tired and cranky.
Of course, this made people wonder what drugs I was taking (and whether I brought enough to share), but I’m telling you, it made a HUGE impact on how I felt AND how efficient I was on a daily basis.
I had the energy to do more stuff with my daughter.
I went for a run FIVE TIMES that week.
And I found I accomplished double what I do in a typical week.
So then I decided to try the same thing with my mood. I am notorious for being really grumpy when My Monthly Friend pays me a visit, and while I have some great tactics to help me cope with PMS, I wanted to see how much of it was mind-over-matter.
And you know what?
I’d say about 80% of it is in my head.
Sure, I still FELT irritable and uncomfortable in the days leading up to my period, but by being more conscious of recognizing WHY I was feeling lousy, and not dwelling on it, I was able to get through the day without ripping anyone’s head off.
With the exception of that woman who almost ran a red light and hit me…
Anyway, the point of this post is to tell you that there might be something to this whole notion that we can change the way we feel simply by changing our perception.
I mean, if it works for me, it will work for anyone, right?
Now if I could only convince myself I don’t have a wine headache right now, I’d be set…
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