Tips to banish the blahs

Wishing for summer rain, not winter snow.

Feeling run down? I know I am. Whether it’s the weather (cold and snowy), a lack of sleep (in bed too late and up too early), the time of year or a lack of veggies, I just feel … blah.

I think I can feel a sore throat coming on, and I just want to crawl into bed for the next week until it goes away.

(Un)fortunately, I have  too much to do for that to happen. My writing is at the top of the list, along with the day job (at least until I go on vacation next week). Don’t forget household chores, like the several loads of laundry that need washing and cooking meals with a little more panache than hard-boiled eggs or low-carb quesadillas.

And that doesn’t even take into account my reading list: books, writing contest entries and countless blog posts.

With my never-ending to-do list in mind, I’ve been racking my brain to come up with ways to banish the run-down feeling. I just don’t have time to be sick. (I know. No one does.)

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far (excluding common-sense standbys like “get enough sleep” and “eat right”):

  • Scheduling workouts. As busy as I am, I need to make time to exercise, because it’s good for me. Exercise can improve mood and boost energy, among other things, according to this article from the Mayo Clinic.
  • Wearing brighter colors (especially orange). Believe it or not, color can affect your mood. There’s a whole field devoted to the notion, color psychology. Red (the color of love) can speed up heartbeat and breathing. Yellow enhances concentration (hence why legal pads are yellow). Orange calls to mind excitement, enthusiasm and warmth — and ancient civilizations believed it could heal energy levels.
  • Going for a makeover … or at least a real haircut. My self-trimmed bangs are already getting too long again. And who among us doesn’t get a lift from a salon visit?
  • Pampering myself with a massage. It’s been almost a year since I treated myself, so it’s time. (On second thought, this could make me feel worse. The last time I got a massage, I felt great immediately afterward, but as the day wore on, I was achy and just wanted to crawl into bed — precisely the feeling I’m trying to avoid).
  • Creating a gratitude journal. Seems like jotting down something I’m thankful for — even if it’s just on my calendar — would boost my mood. There’s ample support for the theory, including this post from Sherri at Serene Journey. She writes:

By looking for things that you are grateful for each day you automatically start seeing the positive side of everything. You begin to focus on what you have rather than what you don’t.

That’s all I’ve got. Do you have any secrets for banishing the blahs?

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5 responses to “Tips to banish the blahs

  1. Here’s one more for you, doll. Hope you reach your goal.

    As for banishing the blahs, I go visit my granddaughter. Who can NOT smile when a baby laughs?

  2. Putting my body in motion, whether through a walk or a run always makes me feel better (unless I’m really sick and just can’t get out of bed). Nice post, Arlene!

    • You just finished the Couch to 5K, right? I keep meaning to take up running … but I need to get back in the habit of walking first.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Pingback: Under the weather « Adventures in weight loss, cooking and life·

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