Have you got a case of the blahs?
Something’s off but you can’t place a finger on it?
You don’t quite feel ‘like you?’
But WHAT is causing this exactly? It’s not always obvious.
There are so many factors that contribute to our wellness, sometimes it’s hard to pin down where that feeling comes from.
How can you know how to move forward when you don’t know where to begin?
Sound familiar? Keep reading.
It’s time to turn the lens inward and take a closer look.
What can we learn about this feeling of blah?
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help narrow your focus on the root of your blahs:
What physical symptoms am I experiencing in my body? Take note of any ‘out of the ordinary’ physical symptoms that might be occurring at this time. Perhaps other symptoms like dizziness, indigestion or lethargy are connected to a medical condition that is throwing you ‘off.’ Consider checking in with your health practitioner to talk about any symptoms or patterns you notice in your body.
Is there something nagging at me? Am I headed toward a deadline, life disruption or replaying something from the past? Being aware of your thoughts can be the first step toward helping yourself move past the worry/guilt/shame that may be contributing to the blahs.
Is there an area of my life that is causing me unhappiness? Sometimes the dynamic of a relationship or an unsatisfactory work environment can underlie the blah-ness. You might know that this foundational piece needs attention, but making change feels too risky and you can end up feeling stuck.
The Do’s and Don’ts of the Blahs
- Don’t make big life decisions right now- We tend to want to ‘fix’ our problems by changing the environment around us. When we’re desperate to start feeling better, we make can end up making rash choices. Hold off on making big life choices if you can.
- Don’t beat yourself up- Everybody feels this way sometimes. Getting frustrated and overly critical of yourself may only make the feeling intensify.
- Don’t ignore the issue- Don’t push it away, don’t squash it down. Your body is talking to you. This is the time to start listening.
- Self-care– This may be the last thing you feel like doing and you may have to fake it ’til you make it. Self-care can look different for everyone, the point is to do something that fills your cup and allows you to let down your guard and find calm.
- Slow Down– We are not human doings, we’re human beings, and yet we focus so much on how much we can do in a day. What could you let go of to give yourself space to be a little more? How can you take some of the pressure off?
- Consider talking to a therapist– Working with a therapist can help you get to the root of what’s going on and give you tools to help you move through it. Sometimes having a non-judgmental ear to hear you can make all the difference.
Need some self-care inspiration?
Here are some of the things you can do for yourself immediately:
Remember, you might not feel like doing any of these things… pick one and do it anyway. Do it regularly, make a pact with yourself to do it for you and then honour your commitment to yourself.
Set yourself up for a regular good night sleep. You might not be able to fall asleep right away, but at least give yourself the opportunity.
Be aware of your eating habits. Developing mindful eating habits can help regulate how the body functions and support your physical wellness.
Move your body regularly. It doesn’t matter what you do or for how long, just do it.
Spend time outdoors, think fresh air and a change of scenery.
Try meditation or yoga. It might be time to let down any resistance you have and give it a try.
Write it all down in a journal, just let yourself go freestyle and see what comes out.
Reach out for support. Enlisting a professional partner to dive in with can can help you make connections that you might not be able to see for yourself and give you an accountability partner who is there specifically to support you in your journey.
Is it time to build your support team?
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Stef Bourke is a certified Meditation and Alignment Coach. She focuses on providing practical tools to help people experience more mindful moments in their everyday lives. She is a lover of nature, animals and authentic connection. When she’s not practicing meditation or yoga, you can find her outside, drinking in the experience of the world we live in.