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  • Coping with the “Blahs”

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    I had something of a rough night last night with one of the kids, and in general, just haven’t had the energy and enthusiasm I usually enjoy for the last few days. When I get this way, I find there are a few things that help get me out of my funk:

    Exercise – It’s usually the last thing I want to do, but getting the blood flowing usually helps me feel better faster than anything else.

    Do something I enjoy – Whether it’s reading a book, watching a favorite TV show, or cooking, it’s hard to feel down when I’m doing something I truly enjoy.

    Hang out with friends – My girlfriends are an important part of my well-being, and they give me perspective. Plus, it’s just nice to spend time with people who like you and choose to spend time with you.

    Do nothing – Sometimes the best course of action is to do nothing and just let these feelings run their course. One of my favorite writers, Madeleine L’Engle, noted more than once that you need the lows in life in order to enjoy the highs – it’s the contrast that gives the highs meaning, and without the contrast, everything is the same.

    What do you do to get rid of the “blahs”?

    Comments

    1. I would add “rest”–sometimes you’re just tired. Looking at a funny movie, tv show or web site can also help. It’s such low humor but I find that “America’s Funniest Videos” can work for me when I don’t have energy to deal with my family after a day at work.

      • Chief Family Officer says:

        Yep, I could probably use more rest. And funny would be good too – thanks for the suggestions!