You know those days when you don’t feel like yourself? You find yourself second guessing every choice you make and every word you speak through the day, and by dinner time you are ready to throw in the towel and go straight to bed. Do you relate?
I’ve felt this way a few times since the start of 2013. I catch myself doubting my actions and sometimes, even my thoughts, when I come down with a case of the “grumps.” That’s what I’m calling it these days – the grumps.
Recently, after two days of managing the grumps in the same week, I decided enough was enough – it was time I did something about this sudden change in attitude I was facing. I decided to take a look at the situations and emotions I felt when I noticed my grumpy mood start to creep in, and when I did, I noticed a common thread.
The days I felt like going to bed before even getting home from the office were days that I also felt insecure in myself and in my uniqueness. Usually I’m the girl who is dancing down the hallway, telling jokes, asking questions in sing-song, all while wearing an outfit that makes me feel comfortable and happy, no matter how untrendy or unflattering to my body it may be. On days with the grumps, however, I noticed that I was quiet, reserved, and always concerned of how other people are viewing my actions, words and choices.
This happens from time to time; a lack of celebrating my uniqueness and of being myself. Perhaps it’s because I’m an American woman in my twenties or perhaps it is because I am human. The good news is, now that I’ve noticed that they coincide with one another – insecurity in myself and the grumps, that is – I can be proactive. I can avoid the grumps by embracing the wackiness that is me! I can dance in my desk chair to the Glee soundtrack, wear Abraham Lincoln around my neck and talk about blogging for hours with strangers!
And for those days when I lose hold of being myself and celebrating my individuality, when the grumps start to creep in, I have a new cure to bring me right back to center. Cigna GO YOU’s Facebook app, Facestrument!
Facestrument is a Facebook game that treats your face like a musical instrument. Remember back in high school when we would play Dance Dance Revolution and get points if we stepped on the appropriate arrow at the right time? With Facestrument it’s a similar situation – but with fun facial expressions! This game uses your webcam and facial recognition technology to track your points for winking, head shaking, smiling and more. At the end of each turn, you’re shown your score and given the option to create a music video using your Facestrument. The results would turn any grumpy day around – how can you not laugh your way through a round of this game?
Want to try it yourself? Check it out here: Facestrument. Of course, I couldn’t speak its praises without showing you all the video I created with my highest score [spoiler alert: your score can be zero and you’ll still have a super fun video at the end.] Here are a few minutes of my silliness just for you.