The Blahs

I’m having a bad case of the blahs.  I blame the suddenly 50 degree temperatures that started right after it was 80 degrees, I blame the shorter and shorter days, and I blame the fact that I haven’t gotten my blah self cooking nutritious foods or going to the gym.  I did go rollerblading on Sunday when it was freakily 70 degrees outside, but other than that and a short stint at the gym 1.5 weeks ago, I haven’t done much.  This all from the girl who burned herself out a couple years ago going to the gym 2 – 3 times a day in an effort to be “healthy.”  Yup, I’m a woman of extremes.

I’m writing this post to declare my war on the blahs.  I’ve got to do something before I end up staying in bed all day and feeling sorrier and sorrier for myself.  The blahs will do that to a person.

  1. Pick something to do in the morning that I want to do.  This has been my go to strategy when I dread getting out of bed in the mornings…right now, that’s where I’m at.  It takes me the better part of an hour to convince myself to get out of bed and then I move slowly and have to rush to work.  Not cool.  There isn’t much to do at 5 am, but the gym I belong to right now is 24 hours during the week, so that’s where I’m heading when I get up in the morning.  Now I just have to remember that I actually do like going to the gym.  The blahs can really hit you hard sometimes.
  2. Sit in front of my happy lamp.  A  couple of years ago, I was really depressed during the winter.  The cold snowy north does me no favors when combined with my long hours and indoors all day work.  The goal is to do this in the morning so I don’t end up being unable to sleep at night.
  3. Pay attention to my feelings.  I tend to be the kind of person who doesn’t want to feel my feelings, more so when I’m having the blahs.  So, some journaling (preferably in front of the happy lamp) to get those feelings out instead of bottled up would be nice.
  4. Get outside.  When I’m having the blahs, I don’t want to go outside.  Throw in some 50 degree weather and you’ll find me sitting at home in my sweats watching online TV while stuffing myself with yet more eggs because I don’t feel like cooking.
  5. Actually cook meals.  Speaking of cooking, I need to cook.  I need to stop the carb-ing with the white rice, which I’ve been doing for far too long now, and get back to eating lots of vegetables.  Right now I’m feeling veggie averse even though I know I feel much better when I eat a lot of vegetables.  It just seems like a lot of effort right now to cook and eat lots of vegetables.  Don’t ask me about the reasoning behind that one.
  6. Connect with people.  Right now, I’m feeling pretty disconnected.  My best friends are far away and have been for some time now.  It’s been harder lately to catch up with them regularly because we’re all running around with crazy schedules.  Throw in a time difference and we’re barely making time to catch up once a month.  I also have an awesome pen pal that I’ve been neglecting, so I need to get on writing some letters to her.  Maybe it’s also time to throw a housewarming party.

I’m sure there are a million other things that I could/should be doing to battle the blahs, but let’s start with these, shall we?

What do other people do to battle the blahs?

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4 thoughts on “The Blahs

  1. When I finally decide to actually DO something about the blahs, I usually start out by smelling a lot of essential oils (or just one, over and over again) and go into the kitchen and clean and/or make food. The blahs are usually kitchen related as it is. I’m ignoring the kitchen due to laziness or tiredness, usually because I haven’t eaten anything good. So the only cure to the vicious cycle is to just go into the kitchen and do something! I like to do the dishes before I cook because I can’t stand to work in chaos. However, if I’m near faint from hunger then I usually throw something carby in my mouth to give me a boost, and THEN do the dishes. Seriously, the counters must be clean first!

    When I’m feeling really really blah, I usually read my journals. This can result in a few different things: 1. It’s so funny that I become chipper and start doing something. 2. It’s so sad that I only continue further in the blahs 3. It inspires me to start writing or play music.
    Reading my journals is usually something I prepare myself for because I never know what may happen, haha

    As much a hassle it is to go out in cold weather (all the clothing prep is annoying), I find it very refreshing to go out for even a minute (I may skip the warm clothing) and just take some deep breaths or sprint (because I’m so cold and want to get back inside) over the compost pile and dump all my stuff. It’s invigorating.

    It’s sunny today- I really should go for a walk.

    • I agree about having a clean kitchen. Right now my kitchen is small and difficult to cook in. There is also no dishwasher. So, right now I’m feeling like the dishes are never ending and the awkward, cramped cooking requires more energy than I’m feeling like. Mostly I just need to get off my butt and just do it.

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