How to overcome the blues~~
How do you overcome the blues? There are times when life feels like Spring, new, exciting, fresh, and invigorating. Then there are moments where life is just moving along. Things feel in order; we roll over the small bumps in the road of life with minimal challenges. Before you know it the season has changed, life feels like Winter. The sun doesn’t feel warm and bright. It’s a little dreary and rainy. Things have shifted in life. It may have been one major event or a series of setbacks, either way life feels hard and you are just trying to trudge through. There may be days when it feels hard to just get out of bed. How do overcome those feelings of being blue?
I have a couple of friends who will comfort and give me sympathy during those times of feeling blue, but there is my friend Lisa who gives me tough love. She cares enough to say the truth, even if it I am annoyed with her. It’s in those tough moments that saying; “cheer up” does not help. Cheer up is at times an empty comment.
When my oldest was 3 weeks old, I was tired of being stuck in the house. Being a first time mommy is not easy, that cute little baby cries and keeps you awake during the night. I told my husband that I needed to go to the store to pick up diapers and I would be home quickly. He was then placed in charge of watching “the baby”. I stopped by Gwen’s house, childhood friend since 2nd grade with a baby 11 months older than mine. It was a well needed time to talk and laugh. When I realized that 2 hours had flown by I called my husband to let him know that I had passed by Gwen’s house. He was concerned and didn't know where I was. Those were the days before cell phones.
A couple of weeks ago I was having one of those times where things felt out control in my life. All I could focus on was the negative and I felt down. Lisa said something that I knew, but needed to be reminded of. She said "think about the victories, be present in the moment, and be thankful for all the blessings". The other night I knew one of my son’s was having a difficult day. I called him and said “go stand outside, look at the stars, feel the wind on your face, and embrace the quiet for a moment”. He said “thank you momma”. It’s in those moments where we can stop and enjoy the simple things.
When life feels on overload, be brave to unclutter your schedule, turn off your phone, and write down all the good things. Take time to do something that you want to do, meditate, breathe, laugh with a friend, and just be.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author of Uncluttered: Discovering Strength and Purpose in the Chaos of Life