7 Ways to Beat that Stale Day

English: Stale water during a drought at Old M...
English: Stale water during a drought at Old Mill Dam at Cedarock Park near Burlington, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you ever have stale days at home?

I don’t mean the air in the house is stale, although it may be, and that may even be part of the trouble. No, I mean one of those days when you cannot put your finger on it, but something just seems off. Missing. Sinking.


It can be a job hazard for the home-based woman, because it can quickly lead to a small bout of self-pity, which could turn into a medium-sized bout of disappointment, which might even develop into a big case of the blahs. Mullygrubs. Discouragement. Fear. Anger.

Don’t ask me how I know.

But DO ask me what I’ve learned about how to fix it!

I have learned how to fix it.

Many ways.

I learned from watching the animals, from watching other people, and from “watching” (keeping my eyes fixed on) Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

  1. Catch a few rays. Open the curtains and blinds and let the sun in. I know you don’t want to. But you know the fastest way to get away from anything is to run in the opposite direction, right? Well, when we’re all darkness inside, it’s best to let in some light. In fact, going outdoors is even better, because sunlight gives us vitamin D, which makes us absorb calcium from our diets, which they say is a catalyst for every chemical reaction that is supposed to happen in the body. Often, when we think shopping, gardening, or taking a walk cheers us, it’s largely exposure to daylight that does the trick.ย Just sitting on the porch in the sunlight for ten or fifteen minutes may be all you need to get more D. To get more calcium. To get more MO.
  2. Breathe. Open a window. If the north wind is blowing, open a south window, turn down the thermostat, and put on a sweater. Allow some fresh air into the house. Lack of oxygen slows the body and the mind. Not hard to grasp that, but usually during extreme hot or cold weather, we hesitate to let oxygen in. Those are the days we think we have cabin fever, spring fever, or just a blue funk. How little we guess we’re oxygen deprived! I wonder how many of us even acquire Alzheimer’s Syndrome from it!
  3. Get a drink. Not that kind of drink. You don’t have to wag water all day, but if you’ll just chug a glass or so, now and then, you would be surprised. It revs your metabolism, dilutes toxins in the blood, and gives the kidneys something to work with. Even your VISION can become clearer right after a big drink of water. Imagine what it does for your thinking.
  4. Sing. Music has charms. We need it. Be sure you sing a happy song, heh heh. If you cannot sing, whistle. If you cannot whistle either, play a CD. Loud. Let happy music take you where you ought to have been. I am amazed at how much more I like everything about my life when I sing or listen to great, uplifting music. And for ages, I was totally unaware of that about myself, until I found a survey asking if I worked better with or without music. I answered “without” and instantly realized I was WRONG. I constantly whistle while I work, something I learned when I was teensy and viewed the premier of Disney‘s Snow White classic cartoon. Yes, I’m old.
  5. Move it. Get up. Tie on some comfy shoes. Get going. Take a walk. Sweep the front sidewalk. Scrub the tub. Pull weeds. Knead some bread. Clean out a closet. Scrub a smudged door. WHATEVER. Just make yourself a bit breathless. It does wonders for the lymph system if you keep it circulating by moving your major muscles. You just feel better when you move more. I’m not a medical professional, but I’ve heard that major movement even can work like a pain-killer.
  6. Combine all the above. Had you noticed? You can do all the first five ways in one 20-30 minute goal by taking a big glug of water and then taking a walk. Too simple.
  7. Bathe. I don’t mean to say you’re dirty, but don’t we always feel better when our hair is clean and our clothing is fresh? Sometimes, that morning can seem to drag on forever, but after a hot shower or soak, we just have more confidence or something. I think I first noticed this, too, as a child, whenever I would be ill. The first day “back to the land of the living” Mom would make us bathe, although we might still feel weak. She would change our bedding then, and we’d go back to recuperation in clean sheets, clean nightie, and clean skin. I was always surprised that such a big effort on the part of myย little sicko self could make me feel so much stronger and rest so much better.
  8. Read your Bible. Get one. If you’re not experienced reading the Bible, get one with red letters, and read the red parts first. You’d be surprised. Sometimes I pray this shorty first: “God, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but just tell me something that will fix it, please.” Then I read until it hits me: Oh, what a great truth I forgot! And it ALWAYS hits me, because He is so much more interested in getting me going, than I am.

Okay, there you are. No more excuses. Kick the stale out of your day!

And share with us, PLEASE, what are your tricks for freshening your day? And THANKS!

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

19 thoughts on “7 Ways to Beat that Stale Day

  1. These are all great points at freshening up instead of staying on a stale day! Simply opening the blinds helps keep the circadian rhythm in check. When the blinds remain closed people frequently have difficulty with sleep.

    I also suggest to bathe early in the day. Don’t wait till your day completely falls apart. But, later is better than not at all!

    Thanks for writing this post! I’ve been behind on reading and writing so I hope to be spending some time catching up! Little reminders are always needed to keeping us all healthy.

    Take care and stay safe,

    1. Wow, Edie, I hardly recognized your lovely new gravatar photo! So glad to hear from you!
      Thanks for the suggestions. I know getting busy early makes everything seem better later, and staying on a schedule helps the body know what to do next. We realize that with children but never think it holds true for us, too.
      I’ve been so behind, myself, for several external reasons, so your return jives with mine. Welcome back to us both! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. All great ideas! Sometimes we need a mental check list to help us escape the blahs and reinvigorate life.

    Today started out as a stale day, but after a few changes, it turned around.
    I grabbed a cup of tea, got some fresh air, freshened my makeup, and now I feel right as rain. (Perhaps a little tired, which might have been a contributing factor to the blahs.)

    Thanks for the checklist!

    1. Tea, fresh air, the fragrances of the makeup, all work together to invigorate our senses. Sometimes, when we have to go on regardless of tiredness, that’s all it takes.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Laughter doeth good like a medicine. You are right, it really can help if it doesn’t turn into tears . . .

      If I had a dog, I should think I would be more inclined to walk, since I would think of it as a duty, then. The dog would need exercise.

      Why do I not realize I need exercise? I’ll never figure it out.

  3. This is such a basic plan for not letting yourself spiral downward. This advice would be helpful to most anyone, thanks reminding us how to have better days!

    1. Thanks so much for these kind words, Anita, and WELCOME to Home’s Cool!
      Yes, these ideas ought to help just about anyone who’s sane, and a few who are not (as I have proven!) ๐Ÿ˜†
      I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you visit again, soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Dogs AND child? You DID get some exercise! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such an affirming comment, and WELCOME to Home’s Cool! Hope you enjoyed looking around and return real soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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