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How do you pull yourself out of a slump?

Confession time, lovelies: I’ve descended into a bit of a fog. I’ve had a nasty lingering cold, work is busier than ever, and I’m feeling sluggish and unmotivated.

There’s also one other thing: I’m dreading the first anniversary of this.

I believe happiness is a moving target. I know this feeling is only temporary. But sometimes you just need a push to get past the blues, and I’m pulling out all the stops.

Here’s what I have planned:

Do something with my hands. There’s something soothing about craftiness, right? I’ve been taking lapidary (gemcutting) classes for the past several weeks, and I’ve got another one lined up for this weekend. (Right now I’m working on a round brilliant cut smoky quartz.) I always get a boost when I’m learning something new!

Do something for my health. I haven’t been well enough for yoga in the past few weeks, and now that I’m feeling better, it’s time to get back on the mat. It’ll help me feel—and look—better. (After all, yoga and natural beauty are a perfect pair.)

Do something for my sanity. This is an easy one! My prescription: a soothing facial mask and a hot bath. Possibly also a good book and some aromatherapy.

Spend time with family. My baby sister is coming to visit for Thanksgiving, and the timing could not be more perfect. So excited to spend the holiday with one of my favorite people ever!

I think this plan just might be a success. But I’m open to more suggestions. How do you pull yourself out of a funk?  —Aleigh

(Image via D. Sharon Pruitt)

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Link Love Friday

This has not been a great week, and it’s all my fault. I know how to manage my stress levels and what I need to do to help maintain that optimistic outlook of mine, and I’ve been letting things slip. It happens to everyone, I guess. But I’m determined to get back to the positive mindset I had at the beginning of the week, and it starts with being grateful that today is Friday (instead of wishing today was Saturday). And I have some great, happy links to share, so that helps, too.

How do you pull yourself out of a funk? —Aleigh

(Image via Ruth Tsang)

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