Beat the Blahs

Beat the BlahsHave you shed any tears of grief in public lately? Do you drag yourself to parties that you do not really want to attend, and then feel bad once you arrived? Are you always tired, sad or pessimistic?

If this sounds like you, you may have been exposed to someone or something that gave you a bit of “The Blahs.” What you need is a little internal revitalization to soothe your spirit, nurture your soul, and rev up your belief in yourself.

Be A Little Irresponsible
That’s right. Play hooky from work, take in a matinée movie, go to afternoon tea, let the laundry pile up, the mail go unread, the phone calls go unreturned, and the dishes sit in the sink. Let all your responsibilities go until YOU WANT TO attend to them, instead of racing around being responsible because you feel that YOU HAVE TO.

Reconnect
Great relationships are one of the best things life has to offer.  Even with all our advanced technology, it’s easy to lose touch with people during the rush to get so many things done before the New Year arrives. Contact all the wonderful people you love to be with but whom you haven’t seen or heard from in a while, tell them you miss them, and catch up with all their news. Consider inviting them over to share a meal. Don’t be afraid to go potluck, or to order out for pizza and use paper plates. The easier, the better.

Be Kind to You
I know you may not have sent your holiday cards off early enough. And maybe you forgot to write down your goals before the strike of Millennium Midnight. Guess what? It’s OK.

Give Yourself a Break
Be kind to you. Gentle self-talk is soothing. Make sure the words you speak to yourself every day are loving. Leave the negative self-talk to those who mistakenly think that’s the way to keep themselves motivated.

Get Rid of It
We accumulate so much junk, Chuck it out! Make room for more good stuff. Or, better yet, make room for nothing, Yes, nothing. Sometimes a drawer, a closet, or a room with nothing in it can be refreshing. Make room for more good “nothing” in your living space.

Be Selfish
Go on. You can do it. Try it for a day. Say “no” when you want to. Go where you want to. Do what you want to do, and don’t explain yourself to anyone. I bet it will feel so good, you’ll want to do it more often. Serve yourself first for a change, spend some money on yourself for a change, go to the movie you want to see for a change, put your feet up on the coffee table and read a magazine cover-to-cover for a change. You go, girl!

In the future when “The Blahs” come around, if you apply these ideas they won’t get you down. Because now you know how to bring yourself back up.

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