Feeling Blah? I Have Some Tips That Just Might Help You Overcome It
Please note: Any depressed feelings that go on for days and keep you from being able to go about your daily life need to be addressed with your physician. For the sake of this post, I am speaking to that general blah feeling that many of us experience during the winter months.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5
I don’t know about you, but I need some sunshine! It’s been cloudy and rainy around here for days!!!! On the one hand, I can’t complain too much. While I’m writing this, we’re enjoying temperatures here in Indiana near 60 degrees, and it’s mid-January. We have had minimal snow and cold. But it still seems everyone is suffering from the blahs.
You may call it the winter blues or feeling down in the dumps or in a funk or even depressed. However you describe it, I think many of us have faced it on one level or another. In fact, I’ve been feeling blah myself.
I’m craving sunshine!
But what do you do when you can’t book a flight and head south for the next 2 months?
Here are a few things that help me, and they just may help you too!
Get outside! Even if it’s cold or cloudy or rainy, just get outside and get some fresh air. It doesn’t have to be for a long time, but there’s nothing better than a jolt of fresh air!
Break a sweat. Inside or outside. It doesn’t matter. Hit the gym for a good workout. Turn on some music and dance around the house. Bundle up and go for a walk or a run. Just get that heart rate up and the blood pumping through your veins. It’ll release some endorphins, you know, those “feel good” hormones??
Take a cold shower. I know, it sounds kinda crazy, especially if it’s really cold outside, but a good shot of cold water can really perk you up! If thinking of turning the water to cold in the shower for even 30 seconds seems a bit steep, then splash your face with cold water first thing in the morning. Let it alert your body that it’s time to get going!
Crank up the radio. I know we all have a song or two that we love, or maybe a playlist or an album. Turn it on, volume up high, and sing and dance with the music….over and over again if you have to! Maybe you do it on your drive into work or at home when no one else is around.
Wear something bright. Instead of wearing black and brown everyday, reach into your closet for something red or yellow or orange. It’ll be hard to drag around all day if you see a bright reflection every time you pass a mirror.
Pray. Read God’s Word. He wants to help us through these times. We weren’t meant to carry these heavy burdens. Turn to Him and ask Him for help during this difficult time. He is the light of the world. We are called to be a light in our world. Even though the sun might not be shining, He is still the light we can seek and find.
Give yourself grace. Don’t be hard on yourself for struggling during this time of year. Be sure you’re taking care of yourself and taking a timeout when you need it. If you need a little extra sleep, get it. If you don’t feel like doing ALL the projects, tackle one at a time.
This is a real struggle. Many people find themselves having a hard time getting through the short days of winter. Find positive things about each day. Bonus tip: Keep a gratitude journal. Focus on the good things that happen each day. I know they’re there!
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