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Blasting the "Blahs" Away...!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Recently a fellow member asked how do I prevail during the "down" times when one feels "bleh" or "blah" and motivation has flown out the window.

I got to thinking while on my treadmill about my own experience and how have *I* been able to prevail during these tough times. Sometimes a tailspin can last for a while before I find my way out of it...but becoming more aware of what *WORKS* will hopefully help me to minimize MY down time too!

For me the more I can PUSH myself toward any / all of the following factors the better I can bounce back to where I want to be:

Movement + Music + Light + Nature + Touch =

Being More Fully ALIVE IN THE WORLD!

Movement: Just DO IT...I PUSH myself onto the treadmill...or drag myself kicking &! And more times than not, as soon as I start to MOVE I begin to feel better!

Music: My mp3 player filled with specially selected music to pump me up into gear! Or on my bike use my "Radio Head" to tap into music. I've also thought I might try taking my shower singing to the road and SING while I pedal...they call me the Minstrel!

Light: Bad things grow in the dark...getting out into a sunny day...? EVERYTHING feels better!

Nature: Being out in the natural world restores and revitalizes me!

Touch: Being connected with others whether literally or virtually...the support of others has been so IMMENSELY valuable to me!

Any and all of these are part of my recipe for blasting the BLAHS away!

How about all of you out there? What works for YOU?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SMILINGBREYES 4/30/2010 1:36PM

    Visual, visual, visual or crawl into a good book to read, relax and refresh.

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L*I*T*A* 4/29/2010 10:35AM

    what works for me is coming to sparkpeople and i seem to get revitalized and my thoughts transform themselves to a much more positive level........thanks for posting the question.......................bles
sings and hugs.............lita

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VALERIEMAHA 4/29/2010 10:02AM

    Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and give strength to body and soul alike.
-- John Muir

Bowing in gratitude,
Said "fellow member" Maha

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LADYGWEN25 4/29/2010 9:00AM

    music and my daughter are my motivators :)

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SVELTINGTON 4/29/2010 8:20AM

    I have a bad case of the blahs. I am staying on track with everything and the only thing that keeps me going is that even though the scale isn't showing a loss at least it isn't showing a gain.

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_VALEO_ 4/29/2010 6:50AM

    You have the good equation working for you, Mr. Minstrel Cyclist! ;)

Touch definitely works for me. I work better in a team, it motivates me.

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ZELLAZM 4/29/2010 6:20AM

    All of the above! Under "touch" I would also include touching base in prayer with my heavenly Father who reminds me of my purpose here on earth. Physical health is one thing but it's inextricably tied in to spiritual good health.

And I would also add REST, as another poster did. Sometimes the world looks a bazillion times better after a power nap, or a day of doing almost nothing!

Blessings and thanks for a good, thought-provoking blog!

Go, Don!


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DRASADAF 4/29/2010 3:53AM

    hi !i too listen to music daily during my workouts and it end to do it more faster if the music is fast emoticon

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COLOURFULME 4/29/2010 3:42AM

    Thank you. This really helps. Have to find my mp3 again! Am having now a down time for over a month now. :(
We will all make it!!!

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GRACEFULIFE 4/29/2010 12:16AM

    Definitely light and music. Also... learning new things and solving interesting problems. That a-ha moment when you finally integrate your knowledge so you understand how something relates to other things, or when you understand how to approach a problem, is priceless. If I have a big one, I can stay excited about it for days or week sometimes!

Cleaning house can do it sometimes - sometimes cleaning up physically and sometimes cleaning up mentally. Sitting in a clean, organized space that was a complete mess the day before is always refreshing. So is finally realizing that you don't have to do something or seek something that you just do by rote - the echoes of an earlier time - and you realize there is a smoother path that works for you.

A healthy snack... if I get the low-blood-sugar blahs.

A nap, if I've been shorting myself on sleep, can work wonders.

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