It’s still August, but over here in America the seasons are definitely changing. And with it, unfortunately, come THE BLUES.
I’m trying to mock the blues by using all-caps. But really, they’re terrifying and working double time on me right now.
If that supernatural, random, strange feeling that something is off has got you down, here are a few strategies you can try:
How to fight the blues
- Make sure you are eating right. Your diet has a huge impact on your mental health. Make a special effort to eat as many vegetables as your palate can tolerate. This will spark your gastrointestinal health as well as your mental health, which will both literally and figuratively keep things moving!
- Eat your sugar with other people. This sounds counter-intuitive, because when you’re sad cake seems even more exciting, but sugar has some very toxic qualities and it will make your blues feel even deeper. Along with eating vegetables, try to do your darndest to avoid desserts. And if you must do so, eat all your sugar around other people to make sure you’re getting more out of it than just a sugar high.
- Make sure you are exercising. We all know about the benefits of exercise, but did you know that exercising is how you tell your body is not dying? So it’s not a matter of “Hey, I should exercise because it is good for me”. It’s more like, “HEY, I SHOULD REARRANGE MY ENTIRE LIFE AND SCHEDULE FOR MY EXERCISE TIME SO I CAN STAY ALIVE”. I am here to promise that a quick walk around the neighborhood with your significant other or friend is exactly what you need when the light starts fading in your heart.
- Find things that make you smile. Make time for comics. Make time for funny television shows. Call or visit with friends who laugh so much your abs hurt. Drop whatever other non-essential things that don’t feed your humor and make time for things that do. This will do the very important job of reminding yourself that everything is okay.
- Take a break from having high standards. Confession time. When it comes to books, my taste is almost purely Puritanical. If it’s not nonfictional and informative, chances are I haven’t touched it. But even though I enjoy those books, it does require me to be constantly “on”– constantly intuiting, understanding, thinking, and processing. Which can be stressful. So, the other night, when I started to get that sinking feeling, I went lurking through JHubb’s books…. a world of fiction and creativity and stress-relief. I’m about halfway through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it is working like a charm.
- Supplement. Many people remark about the positive effects of supplementing Vitamin D and Iron, especially for mood. Can’t hurt!
The theme here, if you haven’t noticed, is to do something. If you feel sad and tired and all you want to do is sleep, all you WILL do is lie in bed and feel sad and try to sleep. Do. Something. Anything. Jumping jacks. Tea party with kittens. Paint a wall.
And, most importantly of all, do something like going to your doctor if it lasts for more than a few days. Being consistently or excessively sad for more than a week means that something in your head is not letting you rest and recuperate the way you naturally should. It means something is off and you need help to get back on track. It does not mean something is wrong or weird about you — lots of kinds of help (including counseling and/or medication) is temporary and effective and has the added benefit of making you a more understanding and sympathetic human being to others who are struggling.
Here are a few more great posts from around the web about feeling the blues — the baby blues, the single blues — all kinds of blues. No matter your situation, they all have helpful, honest, and interesting information.
Keeper of the Home
THE TERRIBLE THIRST OF DEPRESSION
DEPRESSION DURING PREGNANCY
MY JOURNEY TO BURNOUT AND BACK
Words of Williams
I GOT THE BLUES
BABY BLUES UPDATE
Cordelia Calls it Quits
ON NERVOUS BREAKDOWNS