Dear Hope: How To Get Over Feeling Blah?
How do you get over feeling blah? I’m not depressed just kind of yuck. I still hang out with my friends and stuff, but I want to shake it off. Any advice would be helpful.
– Blah Blah
Dear Blah Blah,
The dreaded blah’s are never fun. I’m sorry to hear they are happening to you. There are some things you can do to get you through it.
Here are my 6 tips to fight the blah’s. You’re already doing #1
1. Hang out with friends.
Just being around friends can brighten up your day.
2. Watch how and what you eat.
Sometimes when you feel down your eating habits can be effected. You might want to eat everything or nothing at all. Try to eat your regular meals without over doing it. Make sure you’re eating fruits and vegetables because they will help your mood and give you energy.
It doesn’t have to be some insane workout, just get moving. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals. You can release tension, be more relaxed and feel happier. Just 15-30 minutes a day. Get up and dance, play basketball or just take a walk. Do something you enjoy and start moving.
4. Don’t spend time focused on feeling blah.
It’s okay to talk to a trusted friend or relative, to express how you’re feeling. Getting it all out there can help you let some of it go. Just don’t focus on it too much. When we spend too much time on something it can feel bigger than it is.
5. Give yourself something to do.
In the moments you feel down, distract yourself. Even ten minutes of doing something different can change your mood. Example: paint, play a game, write in a journal, read a book etc.
Make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling sluggish and blah.
Getting the blah’s once in a while happens. Life is full of ups and downs, but they should pass. What you need to be aware of is if they don’t go away. If a few days turn into weeks or months make sure you talk to a trusted adult about it.
Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.