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Relief! That feeling when the weight of the world suddenly lifts from your shoulders and you can breathe again. That’s relief. But how do you find relief when the storm clouds start to roll in and the darkness settles in to stay for awhile?
We were talking about one way on twitter tonight, girlfriend gatherings. Grab some friends who you like to laugh with, who won’t be put off by those looming storm clouds, and let the healing salve of friendship smooth away those raw emotions and restore clear skies once again.
Other ways? Get out of the house. Sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need to adjust your mood. Not an option? No problem. Crank the music up loud and have a dance party. (No it’s not weird if you do it by yourself. 😉 ) Indulge, just a little bit, in your favorite things. Maybe you’re like me and you have a hard time remembering what those things that make you happy are while you’re in the middle of the storm clouds. Confession: I keep a list of those things that make my world a little brighter tucked away in the pages of my Bible, because sometimes I forget what they are. If nothing else works, do something to make your kids laugh. I dare you to maintain your mood while kids are laughing. I Dare You.
What are some of the things that bring you relief when the storm clouds are settling in?