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Let’s face it, there are some days when we feel below par. Less than our usual – hopefully happy (!) – selves. 
 
Perhaps we wake up with our own little black cloud firmly in place which stays with us for the day. Or, sometimes, a bit longer. 
Other times, it’s much more transient. We’re fine one minute, a little down the next and then it’s gone. A small cloud that quickly disappears. 
 
When we feel low – particularly at this time of year, when we’re meant to be full of seasonal cheer – it’s all too easy to go into over analysis mode. Looking for the “why”. But often there isn’t a simple – or obvious – answer for our change of mood. And we end up beating ourselves up for the lack of obvious answers. Talk about being counter productive. Making life more difficult for ourselves. 
 
 
 
Life is all about ebb and flow. It’s completely natural to have changes in mood independent of what’s going on around us – or in our lives.  
 
Some days we’re on top of the world, others down in the dumps. And it’s ok. Dare we say, it’s completely normal (!). 
 
If there’s an obvious reason for how you’re feeling, it makes sense to address it. Whether it’s the after effects of a heavy night out (!) or one of life’s bigger issues. A relationship under strain, problems at work or an important upcoming social event.  
 
Whatever it is, you’ll feel much better – and more in control – by meeting it head on and dealing with it. 
 
But what if there isn’t?  
 
It’s not how you normally feel. 
 
Well, here’s a radical thought for you. How about taking the pressure off yourself?  
 
Letting it be ok. Just one of those days – or times – when you’re feeling a bit below par. After all, everyone feels the ebb and flow in their lives from time to time. 
 
And then, having taken the pressure off, go and do something you enjoy. That makes you smile and recharges your batteries a little. It doesn’t matter what it is or how long you do it, just go and do it. Then, before you know it, you’ll be back to your usual happy self. 
 
Life really can be that simple, if you let it. 
 
As always, the choice is yours. 
 
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