Monday Minute: 3 Reasons to Leave the Drama to Downton Abbey

It’s Monday and I know you’re busy. This FEEL-GOOD wellness tip will only take a minute 🙂

The only thing I know about Downton Abbey is, my 87-year-old mom binge watches it on DVD whenever she’s not taking a walk (now you know where I get it), a tap dancing class, or singing in the church choir.

Spoiler Alert

So last week, when someone posted a spoiler of sorts on their Facebook page:

“I must say, I was a bit traumatized by Downton Abbey tonight. Thank goodness there was leftover birthday cake to soothe with.”

I just had to Google it.

What was so horrific about last week’s episode it led to a wellness accident involving leftover birthday cake?

She was right though. The clip I found was full of blood, gore, and expressions of shock and awe on the faces of the guests at the table. At the end of the re-cap the writer declared, “This show is exhausting!”

I had to agree. Just reading about it sent me to the kitchen looking for leftover birthday cake.


I had to settle for Girl Scout cookies.


Have you noticed how much we LOVE drama these days?

From the programs we watch, to the ramped-up rants we enjoy over lunch with our BFF, life has more energy and POP! when we tell our stories like we’re starring in an episode of Downton Abbey.

But as the writer points out . . . it’s EXHAUSTING!

No wonder we arrive home at the end of a workday with no energy to take a walk, cook a healthy meal, or even get ourselves dressed for a good night’s sleep in a timely fashion. The blood and gore of a regular “day-in-the-life-of-me” does us in!

Where’s the Wellness?

Writing an additional layer of drama into the daily ups and downs of life has real wellness drawbacks (Believe me I know! I’m working on this one too.):

  • Drama wastes precious time we could be using to either solve the problem, or employ more helpful stress reduction techniques, like taking a walk or a few deep breaths, to manage it.
  • Drama zaps our precious wellness energy and leads to binging on birthday cake and Girl Scout cookies. When this happens, the perpetrator wins a second time around.
  • Drama loves to gift more DRAMA! New episodes, new seasons, and reruns available 24/7! (I find this to be the most painful and unproductive part about it.)

Honestly, I’ve never seen anyone reach their wellness goals on a diet of drama and leftover birthday cake.

It’s Been a Nice Run

Perhaps it would be helpful this week to go on hiatus from the drama in our lives. We could do a test run and see how good it feels and how much more we get accomplished.


Anyone up for a walk with my mom?

And since I hear Season Six is the finale for this epic drama, it just proves even the stars of Downton Abbey know when to say enough is enough!

You CAN Do This!

My minute is up and you have places to go and wellness to seek. I’m in on the “drama free” diet this week. Are you?

Feel good. Be well. Meg

Look at the week ahead—-where are your potential Downton Abbey moments? Is there a way to rewrite, redirect, or just yell, “CUT!” when things in your life start to get a little heavy? Why not invite a friend along for the ride? We’re all going to need support for this one.

4 Comments on “Monday Minute: 3 Reasons to Leave the Drama to Downton Abbey

  1. Meg,

    I have contemplated on what you said about drama. I realized that it’s all too easy to let “drama” take over my thoughts, thereby overshadowing my peace of mind. Tried to focus on letting go of the “drama” yesterday, and it really helped. Thanks so much for drawing attention to my misplaced attention!

    • Misplaced attention . . . I love that term. Yes. It takes our attention off the things that matter and the tasks that will get us where we want to go. Boy, does it take practice to let go of the drama! Thanks for reading, Deb!

  2. I am up for a walk with one of the most pleasant, lovable, kindest woman. Just reading your blog for the first time due to my hectic schedule, I am find it refreshing with great inspiring information. I run from hard core exercises but just loves to walk. Walking refreshes the mind, body and soul.

    Great posts

    • Hi Lue! So great to hear from you and see you found my blog. I am a big walker too. I find I don’t have to punish myself anymore if I just stay active with walking most days. Keep it up in 2017. Happy New Year! (P.S. This post was inspired by the long hours you and mom spent enjoying Downton Abbey!)
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