Definition: used to refer to something that is boring or without meaningful content. Used to substitute for actual words in contexts where they are felt to be too tedious or lengthy to give in full. “the typical kid, going out every night, blah, blah, blah”
This week I have really struggled to find the word I wanted to Blog about. I have an ongoing list but nothing really resonating with me. As I sit here sipping on my warm cup of orange spiced tea on this extremely cold February night… I am gazing into the computer screen. Hmm, I decided to be completely honest and open with you. Let’s face it I have had a bad case of the “Blahs!” I usually try to be uplifting, inspirational and more of a positive influence…it just disappeared this week. I am being real, I don’t really like how I feel yet I feel it! I wouldn’t say I was depressed, I am not feeling hopeless but I just am not myself. It is hard to put my finger on it; I have tried to figure out why these feelings suddenly appeared. I know it is temporary and hope it leaves me soon but for now I have officially confessed I have the bad case of “Blahs!”
How many of you have felt this same way? In life we have to take the good with the bad and some days or weeks just aren’t as nice as others. For some it might be work, or home or you didn’t sleep well maybe you haven’t gotten enough exercise. Whatever the reason, having a blah day is really part of being human and learning to accept and push through the blahs as it is imperative if you don’t want to let your moods rule your life. No we can’t stay in bed with the covers over our head or blame someone else for our bad behavior. The trick is to recognize that you aren’t feeling as good as you’d like and then rise to the challenge and make yourself feel better in some way, shape or form. Maybe it is an extra cup of coffee (for me tea), chocolate or a cold shower something to energize our soul, some may want to go shopping? Yet this is only a short term fix and a matter of time before we crash again!
This week I have stopped and “Takin Time Out” to determine that the past few months have really been so intense with back to back deadlines, unexpected changes, holidays, family obligations that my tank is literally empty. I have listed new possibilities, goals and dreams yet I don’t have the energy to even pursue getting started this week. I also may have a little seasonal disorder as I require the sun to be shining for me to be 100% and we have had fewer of those days lately…I know for my Northern friends I have no right to complain so I am not, it is simply a statement. I have recently changed my diet so some of that may be part of it as well, cleansing out the toxins that are unhealthy and in a few days I am hoping to find the clarity and motivation I desire to live life to the fullest again. Why we fall into those bad habits so quickly is beyond me but I am guilty and stress sometimes causes those bad decisions.
I would like to share some random ideas to help you overcome the blahs and enter into a world of magnificent…
1) Meditate and pray your way through
2) Imagine yourself doing something pleasant
3) Put on some music that inspires you
4) Breathe Deeply – Focus on positive energy
5) Drink plenty of water
6) Write in your gratitude journal
7) Slap yourself silly-find a movie or Comedy club and laugh find those belly laughs
8) Do something for someone less fortunate
9) Workout (Yoga, Jog, Walk, Weights)
Are you guilty of doing the same thing over and over again, getting weary and feeling empty? I know scripture is a good resource to help overcome some of those bouts of the blahs here are a few that may help refocus:
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
When I say the word Blah…I also think about listening to certain conversations and the other person is beginning to sound like my favorite Charlie Brown cartoon and you have that person sounding like …”Blah Blah Blah!” They can be so boring or redundant yet I know I need to stay engaged and offer advice or comment from time to time. Maybe it is your spouse? I know mine sometimes thinks my comments are Blah Blah Blah…LOL! Yep in one ear and right out the other or we like to call it selective hearing, gotta love him though!
Whatever the case whether it is a seasonal Blah or conversational Blah let’s push through and overcome these feelings! If you don’t overcome in a few days I encourage you to seek wise counsel to determine there isn’t something more serious. Enjoy your “Takin Time Out” until next time I hope each of you are feeling well and good-to-go my friends…