Do you ever feel like you just can't muster the energy or the focus to do much of anything? No motivation is showing up? Depression is pulling you down? Yep - welcome to Bluesville. (A place I visit myself now and then.)
The good news is that you don't have to move there!
Here are some factors that can lead you down the road to Bluesville:
• Low energy from overwork, illness, lack of sleep, overdoing exercise or other excessive behaviors.
• The negative thinking slippery slide - You know, where one bad thought about your life leads to another and another. Before you know it you've stopped believing in yourself.
These factors team up and come creeping in when you're going through a work or family crisis, when you're ill or sleep deprived or even sometimes in the midst of vacation time or celebrations. (Positive events can be stressful too.)
Here’s the scoop on how to deal with the doldrums:
1) Don’t believe any of those pesky, negative thoughts.
Tell those "negative Nellie" voices in your head to sit down and shut up! When your mind gets tired and negative, it enters a childlike state — not the happy, playful one - more like the selfish, petulant "gonna throw a tantrum" one.
You can’t believe what your mind is saying when you're in a state of anxiety, fear or extreme discomfort. You've heard it right? That nagging voice that says, “I can’t do that” or “I’m not good enough” or “I'm not important.” None of that is true! So when you notice these thoughts, tell yourself, “I’m just suffering and tired right now. I’ll figure this out when I’m in a calmer state of mind.”
Although you want the tantrum-throwing mind to be silent it's important to listen to the needs that are behind all that chatter. Are you overworked, need more rest, in pain or need some comfort?
Comfort yourself. Especially when we're suffering or exhausted we need more LOVE. Make sleep a priority. Give yourself permission to shut the world out. Turn off the television, the cell phones, the video games. Let yourself unwind. Turn off all the lights and meditate while you relax in bed. Let your body and mind heal and recharge through a great night's sleep!
It also helps (after some great sleep) to get your body moving. Especially if you’ve been stuck in an office or work from home. Go for a walk or do something active with friends. Play!
3) Talk to someone.
I know for me - it really helps to have an outsider’s perspective. Talk to a friend, a spouse, a parent, a co-worker, anyone. This is so important - don’t be too proud to reach out for help.
4) Accomplish Something.
Once you've rested and taken care of yourself - get outside of your head by accomplishing something. Put some time and effort into doing something special for yourself or someone else. It just feels good!
If you're life is overloaded and there's no more room to write something in on your calendar or 'to do' list- it might also be time to make some changes. Start saying No instead of Yes all of the time. Clearing your schedule can bring some much needed relief.
One last thing - It’s totally OK to be in Bluesville now and then. We all do it, so you’re not alone. It’s human to go through ups and downs. We sometimes get really tired, overwhelmed, doubt ourselves, and suffer. Don’t worry about it! You’ll get out of it, you’ll be stronger and wiser and ready to take on the next challenge with renewed energy and gratitude!
PS If you ever need it - Energy Healing can really help and ....I am always here for you!
Supporting You on Your Journey,