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How to Beat the Blahs and Mental Funks

“The blahs,” and feeling like you are in a “funk.” Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat! So, how do we beat the blahs and get out of mental funks??

How to Beat The Blahs and Mental Funks. Tried and true strategies for turning that frown upside down! @Suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/beath-the-blahs-mental-funk

Beating the Blahs and Mental Funks

This is an update of a previous post

What Causes the Blahs, Funks, and SAD?

In my experience, the blahs happen when something is out of balance: in short, you are/I am doing too much of something, and not enough of something else. But that isn’t to say that you are doing to much of something exhausting; in fact you might be doing too much of nothing, and thus feeling uninspired.

The issue can also be environmental–Seasonal Affective Disorder is a serious problem for many of us. A lack of sunshine, being cooped up under artificial fluorescent lights, and being covered from head to toe even when it is sunny outside means that we might not be getting enough Vitamin D, which can lead to general malaise and feelings of “blah.”

Common Ways of Treating the Blahs and Mental Funks that Hurt More than Help

Giving in: I don’t know about you, but when I am feeling blah, I loaf over and slouch on the couch (poet, didn’t know it) and get lost in a malaise of Bravo TV. Pretty soon the blanket gets involved, maybe the cat, and I’m a permanent fixture that isn’t about to move anytime soon. Help Hurt

Fighting with Sugar and Caffeine: If I do decide to get my bum up, or if I am already up (like when I was still working the desk job life), I reach for sugar and caffeine. Well, pretty much anything that I can put in my mouth (keep it clean, people). And then I sit and wait for to kick in, then it kicks in and I’m crawling out of my skin and not sure what to do with that energy, or, alternatively, I attack a project with fervor and enthusiasm and do all the things and then…. zzzzzzz (but not really). Help Hurt

Web Surfing or Shopping (online or in store): Sometimes, we think that we’ll “just browse” for 5 minutes (maybe we just needed a break?) and then get to work. 5 minutes my food. Sure, you might get inspired and creative, but I have a feeling that it will result in a new Pinterest board or a maxed out credit card and several things you really don’t need. Help Hurt

Effective Methods for Dealing with the Blahs and Mental Funks

How to Beat The Blahs and Mental Funks. Tried and true strategies for turning that frown upside down! @Suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/beath-the-blahs-mental-funk

Need a reboot?

I am going to break up the discussion for beating the blahs into two categories: the blahs (momentary, like the 3 or 5 PM lull), and The Blahs (aka several days).

Dealing with the blahs

  • You might honestly be hungry, but instead of reaching for sugar, reach for a balanced snack with a bit of protein, fat and carbohydrates instead of something that is ONLY a certain macronutrient. Opt for something satisfying, if you really are having trouble, or something refreshing–you might just need a glass of water and some carrots!
  • Stand up and do a lap around the office/your apartment. Get that blood flowing!
  • Phone a friend! But make it a quick conversation, then back to work!
  • Turn on the lights or change the lighting where you are. It is easy to feel drowsy on a rainy day, so turn on a lamp!
  • Turn on the lights mentally! Sometimes, we feel “blah-ish” because we just don’t know where to go next. So make a list and prioritize what needs to get done. Pick 3 medium or little tasks that will get you started and help you feel accomplished but won’t freak you out (or last 5 minutes). Deal with your emails (you know you’ve been putting it off), put away the dirty or clean clothes where they belong, clean the counters. Extra points if it gets you up and moving.
  • Get inspired. I can’t remember where I first saw this quote, but it has stuck with me since I did: We are often not all that tired; rather, we are uninspired. Think about it: when you come home from an event where you were engaged and active, as long as you don’t let the energy stop, you are able to carry that energy over into a workout or whatever else is on your docket. When you come home after a day of doing nothing… you often revert to the couch and continue the pattern. Think inertia!

Strategies for Getting Out of a True Funk or The Blahs:

Sometimes, it is more than just an hour, or an afternoon that feels off. Sometimes, you really are in a funk. How can you deal with The Blahs?

  • **First of all, if this is a true depression, I urge you to seek professional help: some depression just requires you talking it out, but some depression needs chemical intervention. And that is not your fault. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of: your brain is sick. Would you be ashamed of having a stomach bug?
  • Pinpoint what is out of whack. Ask yourself some questions:
    • What is weighing you down?
    • What has changed? What hasn’t changed?
    • Are you overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? 
    • Eating too much, or not eating enough? Nutrition can be a real game changer!
    • Sleeping too little, or too much? (also can be a indicator of depression)
  • Make a change. To be totally blunt, what you are doing obviously isn’t working for you. Change something up! If you always exercise in the evening, exercise in the morning! Change your lunch! Start cooking all of your meals! But don’t do everything at once–too much all at once is a recipe for disaster, not success. 
  • Make a connection. This time, call a friend, your mom, someone you feel close to, but maybe haven’t spoken to in a way, and have a good, long talk. Sometimes, these calls are hard to make–you probably just feel like crawling into bed or just watching TV–but I’ve found that these calls always leave me feeling refreshed. You can let them do all the talking until you are ready, but I promise, you will leave feeling better.
  • Dream Big, Plan Medium, Start Small. Look at your dream, make the plan, and do one thing to make it happen. Put something in motion. 

When I am lacking motivation or unsure of where to go next, I remind myself to dream big, plan medium, and then start small. How do you beat the blahs? @suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/beat-the-blahs-mental-funk/

We all have to deal with the blahs. We will all find ourselves in ruts, in funks, and many of us will have to contend with depression. Practice some self care and take some action, even if it is to take a bubble bath. Whatever you decided, do something but do it for a reason. YOU GET THAT BUBBLE BATH.

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Who has been dealing with the mid-winter blues? Anyone feeling blah-ish?

What are some of your favorite strategies for dealing with the blahs?

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119 Comments

  • Reply Sara

    I was feeling blah and stuck in the house with Allie so we came to Michigan with Tony. He’s working while we explore Ann Arbor. Getting out of the house always helps me.

    February 3, 2016 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sure. When you are at home a lot, sure it is lovely, but it starts to feel like a prison before long!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Really, this is perfect timing. I hoped that once January came to an end, life would improve. But February is turning out to be as crappy. I know that a lot of this is about attitude, but man, the hits just keep on coming! Onward and upward. And I wouldn’t mind losing my job. Because it is making me lose my mind!

    February 3, 2016 at 6:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      DON’T even say that. It might be making you lose your mind, but your mind would actually be lost without it. I hope things turn around for you ASAP

      February 4, 2016 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    You’re my favorite! πŸ˜‰ Maybe not actually written FOR me…but since you know I’m going through some funk, I think you know this is hitting me pretty close to home. I’m definitely working on a few of those things. My funk has many layers (health, breakup, job), but I’m choosing to really focus on ME and what inspires, motivates and makes me feel GOOD and doing more of those things. Also lots of listening to my body…as much as I love running and weight lifting, it’s not feeling as good right now but long speedy walks and lots of yoga are..more of those and less of the others, except when it feels like the right thing. (Did any of that make sense or did I just ramble?)

    February 3, 2016 at 6:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You might just need a change of workout scenery–do what feels good right now, you need it. I do know that you are going through something solidly funkish, and I hurt for you. But I do know that you can kick the ASS out of what is going on. In such a big way. That funk doesn’t stand a chance, lady.

      February 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I deal with the blahs all the time but have learned effective coping mechanisms over the years- I find that I have less time to be blah when I am busy but sometimes I give in to to it and just feel all the feels until I have gotten it out of my system!

    February 3, 2016 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And right now, you are busy busy busy. And there is nothing wrong with giving into it when necessary. As long as you emerge, nothing wrong with that!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Montana

    So very true. I typically get in a rut over the summer when it’s super hot outside and hard to motivate myself to run or work out. I started going to weekly fun runs last year to motivate myself because it helped to have other people running with me. All this advice is totally on point!

    February 3, 2016 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can speak from experience that running with people when you really don’t want to is one of the best things ever. EVER

      February 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    The shorter and darker days of winter often get to me. This year it has been warmer and easier to get outside. I find even a little time outside helps my mood. Finding a new class to try helps too

    February 3, 2016 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness that it has been more congenial to moving around this year, otherwise, I would be at a total loss. Right now, there won’t be any trying of new classes, but I will live vicariously through you!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    I’m definitely feeling the winter blahs. I’ve had to run on a treadmill because it’s too icy and dangerous to run on the streets around my neighborhood. If people would put their damn phones down while they’re driving I wouldn’t worry so much.People texting while operating a three thousand pound piece of metal and runners don’t mix well. Can you tell I’m feeling a little feisty? Spring won’t get here soon enough.

    February 3, 2016 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahaha but your feisty is AWESOME. But yes, please be safe!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Great post Suz!! I wouldn’t call what I have the blues, just uncertainty times a million lol! I hope you are enjoying your Wednesday and moving around! One way I have been beating the blues is getting dressed with makeup even though I don’t have anywhere but the gym to go. It’s nice to feel like a human every once and awhile.

    February 3, 2016 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooooo GREAT idea. It is amazing what some liner, concealer, and mascara can do for a person’s self esteem. Drab to FABULOUS BITCHES

      February 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Whitney

    My Fall and beginning of winter was one big ole blah. I started making a list of things that would “un-blah” my life and have been working on that. So far I’ve kept my head in books on wellness, mindfullness and finances. Because mama has big dreams and needs more money hahaha!

    February 3, 2016 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      THAT is what I like to hear! I have missed you so, my lovely chocolate bear (and before people give me hell for that, she allows it :D)

      February 4, 2016 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    My web shopping when I’m feeling down typically results in a plane ticket purchase. At least I’m consistent?

    February 3, 2016 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you seem to be doing pretty well in the financial sector (as in, not bankrupt, plus, I know you better than to think that you would allow that), so why not!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Oh yes! This time of year starts to get rough for me. I try to force myself to get up and do SOMETHING if I’m feeling that way. Long walks really help me… which are hard to always do this time of year. And you know I always have to watch out for the shopping bug– just this one thing will make me feel better πŸ™‚ <– bad habit! πŸ™‚

    February 3, 2016 at 8:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you always pick out such cute stuff!!!! You should become a personal shopper so that you can get paid to do it!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Angie @ Pace with Grace

    The winter blahs are a real thing for sure! A big reason my husband and I like to vacation in February or March is for this vey reason. Its a good way to beat the winter blahs and get a change of scenery while having something to logo forward to. I like your tips and distinguishing between the blahs and depression. There is a big difference for sure and depression really needs to be treated. I like to keep with my routine with self care and add excitement as much as possible!

    February 3, 2016 at 8:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Such great things to keep in mind–self care and a little excitement can go a long way! (so can Spring Break, lol)

      February 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am dealing with the blahs at the moment and I know it is because I am doing too much of the stuff I don’t want to (but have to) and not enough of the things I enjoy. But I have been doing small things like putting on my favourite song and dancing around.

    February 3, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Need video. For proof, of course πŸ˜€

      February 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    Did my post inspire you? haha. You are a wealth of information. Thank you for sharing your sagacious experience and tips! I think for me it’s keeping busy and changing things up!

    February 3, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope they help! Several people have been mentioning the limbo they are feeling recently. You aren’t the only one, so take heart!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Oh the blahs – we’ve all had them! Love your tips to getting over them. I agree that the blahs are typically a result of too much or too little of something. Basically just an inbalance in life that leaves us feeling…well, blah. I’m stubborn so I typically try to fight through the blahs myself for a while, until I realize how much I suck at it, then I reach for reinforcements! I give my frustrations to Christ, let me hubby hold me and let my siblings make me laugh. It’s amazing how allowing others to help can be all it takes to break out πŸ™‚

    February 3, 2016 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sometimes, you just need to give it up to X (x = someone else). Even just talking about it! So helpful, especially when, as you said, we suck at getting out of the funk ;D

      February 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    When I get the blahs, as in I need some sugar or caffeine, I make the easiest way the winner–
    I open ONE door–that can be the door to the cabinet or the door to the fridge, but not both doors….remember blahs….
    The fridge will take me to apples, bananas, chocolate covered almonds, Coke Zero…..
    The cabinet will give me crackers and “safe” snack foods…..however, opening two doors requires too much effort.

    If I really wanted to do it correctly, I’d open the fridge and take out an apple, then I’d open a drawer and take out a spoon, and then open the cabinet and take out the p-nut butter.
    Apple + peanut butter = a better snack, and a more filling one.
    The crackers alone or the apple alone will trigger my sugar craving, and God help me if there is a cookie anywhere in the house. I’ll open a lot of doors to hunt down one of those babies!

    February 3, 2016 at 8:46 am
    • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

      and don’t get me on shopping online—–that triggers a whole nother (isn’t that a great phrase? a-whole-nother) set of triggers…….I wonder if Talbots or Clinique has a special going one……….

      February 3, 2016 at 8:49 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER

        February 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are going to work on that!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Make a connection is a really important one that you wrote down for the Blahs. It’s prob the hardest one to do when we’re feeling like that but the most potent. And one thing I do is I download new music. I’ll FB message someone I idolize and ask them for a favourite tune. Works every time! I light incense, or candles, and I hoop (as in, hula hoop). Changes my life instantly. Oh, or Katie and I will go all out in a kitchen dance party. I HATE FEBRUARY. I am so done with the darkness. I NEED SPRING.

    February 3, 2016 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m waiting for my FB message about good music πŸ˜€ Music is so powerful. And I totally would light a candle, if my cat wasn’t likely to set herself on fire.

      February 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I’ve been feeling a little blah lately. I’m not sure why, but a bit under motivated from my normal. Maybe I just need a break? haha! Usually a good workout kicks it out of me!

    February 3, 2016 at 9:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you just have a bunch of changes coming at you, all at once. That is so overwhelming!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I always feel better when I get in the kitchen and cook or bake, haha! Or I can just spill my thoughts to someone who cares, like my mom πŸ˜›

    February 3, 2016 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The perfect recipe to feel better!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Needed this one. Life has been pretty good lately but I’ve gone through my fair share of THE BLAHS in the past few months. Going for a walk or to yoga has done wonders for me. Even if sometimes all I want to do is reach for sugar haa

    February 3, 2016 at 9:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There are worse things than yoga and a cupcake!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Ugh, so needed this one as I am stuck in a bit of an emotional rut I like to call “everything hurts.”

    February 3, 2016 at 10:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know you are. I wish I could give you aloe for your emotions!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    When I know it’s a temporary blah, I’ll let myself feel it and acknowledge it. Quite often, I think we try to pretend we’re fine when we’re not. I was absolutely raging a few weeks ago, so I acknowledged it and was able to laugh at just how angry and ridiculous I was being. When it’s a big thing, I give myself a set time to feel shitty and when that time is over, I pick myself up and carry on.

    February 3, 2016 at 10:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree with you–people so often don’t allow themselves to feel what they are really dealing with!

      February 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    Definitely appreciate this one. Dealing with my child who won’t take naps (ahh!) and being cooped up inside has me feeling blah. I want the sun and spring weather. Who’s with me?

    February 3, 2016 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    BUT I NEED MORE LULU. Or medication.

    For real though I think this is one of the first winters where I’m still feeling good. Probably bc of the contrast between everything that happened last year and now. Or medication. Haha.

    February 3, 2016 at 10:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’d say a bit of both. And just generally being in a great place! Either way, I’m really happy for you.

      February 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    I always feel blah in February like clockwork! And on rainy days, like today. Although lately I feel like I have no time to feel blah, if that’s possible. Whole ‘nother problem I guess πŸ˜‰

    February 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha. Maybe that is a good thing!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Julie

    I have ocd and anxiety and need sunshine and warm weather to feel my best. But I do make sure to get outside every day and exercise!!

    February 3, 2016 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ain’t nothing like some serious Vitamin D to help that!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Jill

    Yes totally all of this! The whole winter season makes me feel down, but ever since my cat got sick then passed away, it’s been 10x worse. I honestly think I need a huge change at this point to get things moving in the right direction.
    How are things going for you? Ley me know if you need to pick my brain about nannying πŸ™‚

    February 3, 2016 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m hoping we will be needing a nanny before long! Guess that would be a good idea to try my hand out at it, in that case πŸ˜€ I think you need a big change right now, too. Let me know if I can help!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I call this month Feb-dreary because it seems to be the month of winter blahs! Spending time outside with the fresh air really helps me, especially since winter can seem, well, more winter-y if I’m stuck inside all the time.

    February 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would imagine that right now the PNW, while beautiful, is pretty dreary. Like, snow and such is beautiful, but it is tough to deal with all gray!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    Ugh this sums me up lately. Want to know just how motivating going to work is when you know that not only will you not have a job, but the company will cease to exist in 3 months time (well 69 days now)…not exactly inspired. Running is usually stress relief to all this but my goal of PR’ing this spring is also meh. I am doing the work but honestly my motivation waivers to run hard. I need a vacation.

    February 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t imagine what it is like to show up to work (for you) right now. It would kind of be like… well… a funeral of sorts. And then to have to be training for a PR, hmmm I guess my advice as a coach is that you don’t always have to run hard. Pick a day or two a week to do that, then enjoy the others, for your sake!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    My life feels like it has been nothing but the blahs lately. Thanks for this.

    February 3, 2016 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Today has definitely been a blah sort of day. I wrote a comment which disappeared (not sure why that keeps happening lately) which goes along with the kind of day it’s been! And my brain is fried so I will just leave it at that:)

    February 3, 2016 at 6:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I sorry. I think that you all need a major break from that snow!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    This is crazy but my closet makes me happy. I have a HUGE closet and I when I’m blah, I’ll organize it, rearrange, try on clothes. It’s so soothing for me, lol!! I’m clothes obsessed.

    February 3, 2016 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMg I totally used to do that too! But now my closet is tiny and depresses me, because I have nowhere to wear anything to, and no way am I getting rid of things that I might possibly maybe need.

      February 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Ugh this is the time in Alaska where everyone is feeling The Blahs. It’s finally getting lighter out, but we’re all vitamin D deficient and just sick of the short days. I’m really feeling the blahs because we don’t have snow and I need to drive forever to get to it! Snow at least makes the winter brighter and more fun. I love your tips though! My coworkers and I always take time to walk around outside during the day to get as much fresh air and vitamin D as we can during the day, as well as using it as a break and a change of scenery.

    February 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t imagine how dark it would be without the snow reflecting light. Here in Chicago, we can get the same thing–not enough snow to do anything about, or it is too far out to get to. Changes of scenery always help!

      February 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    Dream Big, Plan Medium, Start Small. Look at your dream, make the plan, and do one thing to make it happen. Put something in motion.

    I love that one Suz. Too many people give up too easily and too early and go into “blah” land. They think everything should happen all at once for them, and of course it doesn’t. They need to take baby steps.

    The land of blah can be avoided if they just concentrate, and do one small thing at a time. It’s hard to remain focussed, especially at this time of year, but doing something small, slowly and surely can make all the difference.

    A great post that I really enjoyed reading. It was motivational in itself! πŸ™‚

    February 4, 2016 at 3:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, my friend! I agree, the blahs are often a lack of focus. We throw too much, or not enough at ourselves. If we can focus, we can plan, we can start.

      February 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Kim Hatting

    I’m kind of in limbo…..still officially in my “off-season” (with nothing major on the calendar, but certainly brewing in my mind)vs. fighting that urge to dive back into a full-on training cycle (which could usher me back to a not-so-comfy piriformis-laden experience). #intervention πŸ˜‰

    February 4, 2016 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha I hate that limbo. Last year, I was training for Phoenix so I didn’t have to deal with it. I’m in a bit of limbo myself: Not ready to run, but not totally immobile. More like a holding pattern, I guess I should say.

      February 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    When I get the blahs, throwing or giving away some stuff to declutter usually helps! These tips are great, Susie! I haven’t hit winter blues yet, but I can feel another wave of burnout approaching. Might as well use some of these tips now, right?
    Yes, I’m back from the dead! Wedding planning took up a big chunk of this past week, but now…on to catch up on YOU!!

    February 4, 2016 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was wondering what happened to you! But wedding planning is so exciting πŸ˜€ And soon you will know where you are going!!!! GAH Match Day is just around the corner!

      February 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    Love reading all of the comments as usual (and of course your mom is always a hoot!).

    One thing for the “dealing with the blahs” – HYDRATION! So important year-round and so easy to under-hydrate in the winter.

    Interestingly I find the first week of February too early for the winter blahs. I am still pushing through it all. Where it gets me is March … at that point the worst of winter has passed, but it is still cold enough and snowy enough and just BLAH enough that some mornings it will be -10 with wind chill and all I can think it ENOUGH! πŸ™‚

    The other thing I think is that many people are seasonally affected – even if not fully SAD – and it can impact your energy and motivation and mood. So I think understanding yourself is always key.

    Not everyone can be like me and pop out of bed at 3:45 and bound out the door in sub-zero temperatures for a 8 – 10 mile run. I know, right …

    February 4, 2016 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would think people would have more energy, but no ;D I think many of us are feeling the blahs right now because it has been such an atypical winter. Like, we usually are used to the shenanigans of winter, and then when February comes, we see it as an “over the hump” effect that gives us a bit of euphoria. But right now… I think some of us either a) can’t handle with the blip in the radar that we just had or b) we are still dreading what might be to come.

      February 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Winter is tough here for the blahs πŸ™ Cold, dark and limited ability to get outside. I try to walk around frequently during the day, drink water, make plans with friends so I have to get out and plan races for spring/summer to look forward too. And the big one for me is travelling somewhere warm and sunny πŸ™‚

    February 5, 2016 at 9:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would imagine. We don’t get it half as bad, but yes, days and days of short days just wear on you. Let’s go back to Mexico!

      February 6, 2016 at 6:46 am
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  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I totally treat the blahs with sugar and crappy foods which in turn make me feel even MORE crappy! I need the warm weather ASAP πŸ™‚

    February 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. I’m drowning in carbs right now. But at least the groundhog brought us good news, right?

      February 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply lindsay

    confession… i thought that ” you might need a glass of water” said “glass of wine” and I was all like –> YAY! But you are right. BALANCE needs to happen!

    February 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Why not have one in each hand?

      February 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Won’t lie- sometimes a day of blahness is what I need and then I’m back to my normal self!

    February 7, 2017 at 5:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. And or a glass of wine lol

      February 7, 2017 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Jamie

    “In my experience, the blahs happen when something is out of balance: in short, you are/I am doing too much of something, and not enough of something else.” Yep. I always notice my anxiety go up when there too little or too much: rest/movement/social time/personal time/creative time. We are creatures designed for balance, but oh how we run from it.
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    February 7, 2017 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is such a cruel joke, isn’t it?

      February 7, 2017 at 11:23 am
  • Reply jennifer

    You are speaking straight to me today.
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    February 7, 2017 at 7:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I didn’t even know how much I would be speaking to myself today!

      February 7, 2017 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Amy

    Hi, there! Just started following along. For me, the blahs are usually due to lack of sleep, and getting more can cure them. I’m also a big fan of the “fake it, till ya make” strategy.

    February 7, 2017 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hi, Amy! Thank you so much for coming along for the ride! I am so glad to have you. It is amazing how integral sleep is to our psyche, right? Fake it till you make it really does work, as well!

      February 7, 2017 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    These are great! I have had the blahs many times and also full blown depression, so I get it! Love the detail you put into this– great advice. It sounds like they’ve worked for you! Glad you are feeling better… hugs.
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    February 7, 2017 at 7:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad that I have a good support system, but that can only get you so far. This helps me push the rest of the way!

      February 7, 2017 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Fitness or getting outside (or both at the same time!) is a big one for me. It usually allows me to get some perspective that can’t be found in my house!

    February 7, 2017 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So true. That is why even if I can’t run right now, I am still getting out and doing SOMETHING

      February 7, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Madhuri

    Such a thoughtful post and well needed. I had a roomie who once told me that whenever you feel dull, to get outside and help someone out….It could be something really small as offering someone a seat on the bus or buying a meal for the homeless. Any small help that is close in vicinity and do-able. I thought she was crazy. But, many a times I’ve tried it out. It works wonders! I guess inherently as humans, we want to be wanted always and the ‘blah’ feeling kicks in when we feel very insignificant to anyone or anything around. Btw, love that quote!!! Going to artsy it up and put it up as a reminder each day.

    February 7, 2017 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love to see what you come up with! Probably way better than anything that I could do! And I think you are spot on–doing something beyond yourself really helps push you back to reality by getting you out of your head!

      February 7, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Cora

    I love that you brought this back – perfect timing. The cold disgusting weather here is definitely having a huge effect on me, and although I am very engaged and excited on a day when I am involved in my show, I seem to be really really quickly put back down into this exact funk you talk about. “Dream Big, Plan Medium, Start Small.” –> I need to write this everywhere. I know how hard it can be to get myself to do that “first thing,” but if I force myself to just DO it – whether it be calling a friend (which can feel painless at the onset) or writing a few pages in a journal, I always feel so much better. But then why is it always so hard to just get myself to do it in the first place! Blegh.
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    February 7, 2017 at 7:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We both needed this post. What is funny is that I had planned to bring it back even before my not great day last week! Apparently, I knew what was coming. Alex is so good for me when I’m feeling so bleh–he is my buffer that starts to bring me out of my shell.

      February 7, 2017 at 11:14 am
  • Reply kat

    This is exactly why I love having a mini-home gym. Having weights, my kettlebell, spin bike and punching bag make dealing with the blahs fairly easy for me – however I need to get myself OUT THERE first! That tends to be the toughest part but once I’m out there and go a few rounds with my heavy bag I find that my mind is clearer and I can focus more on rectifying whatever issue is forcing the blahs and funk πŸ™‚
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    February 7, 2017 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am one of those people who needs to get out of the house. I never have trouble getting to the gym, lol! Even if I don’t engage once I’m there, I still feel victorious for getting out there!

      February 7, 2017 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Emily

    I love that you shared this Susie because it’s something I struggle with at least once a week. Pinpointing what is really wrong and taking action to do simple things (not HUGE tasks) is one of the best things for me to do or go move and enjoy time outside. Or I love to be with my family, bake, read, or listen to things!
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    February 7, 2017 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Time at your most basic–either in nature or with your family–always helps me, too, Emily!

      February 7, 2017 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    My old go-to for treating the blahs was to decamp to the red sofa in the sunroom. We no longer have a sunroom and the red sofa is in the basement cave!
    If I really need a boost, whatever I turn to will involve a four-legged friend……or I will start web surfing on some rare or obscure disease.
    If I start the online shopping–that is expensive. It’s not where I buy from, it’s how much I buy…..πŸ˜•
    I look for something new to “research” or discover.
    But…..I still miss my red sofa.

    February 7, 2017 at 9:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that red sofa. And having it in the sunroom. That is part of why I can’t get on board with the basement cave…

      February 7, 2017 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    When I get the blahs, I tend to turn to red wine and chocolate. And fuzzy blankets. And warm snuggly kitties. And mostly, that’s not bad! Except sometimes it is. I’d totally have the winter blahs right now if I didn’t have this new job. The “going in to work and connecting with people” bit really perks me up. πŸ™‚
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    February 7, 2017 at 10:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I often really resist getting out and connecting with people when I am feeling so blah, but it nearly always gets me out of my funk!

      February 7, 2017 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    My doctor prescribed me vitamin D supplements to deal with winter in Seattle (and to keep my bones healthy). I’m prone to SAD and so getting outside in winter for fresh air and exercise helps me significantly.
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    February 7, 2017 at 10:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was just saying to Kristin that there is no way I could live in Alaska because of the lack of sun. No way, no how.

      February 7, 2017 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Perfect timing with this post…I’m writing my winter blues post right now and I’ll be adding this link in!! Love your smartness, Suz! <3
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    February 7, 2017 at 11:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love YOU Hells!

      February 7, 2017 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Heather @ FITaspire

    These are such great tips and such a great topic for this time of year. All the sun & snowboarding time in Colorado has made a huge difference for me – the grey in Atlanta used to really get to me this time of year!

    February 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You guys have the most ridiculous amount of sunshine out there! So Lucky!

      February 9, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I so get this way in the Winter with the cold and grey weather. Its harder for me to do something about those blah days…thanks for the ideas!
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    February 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that it gives you some ideas!

      February 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    looking at inspirational posts helps me so much too. sometimes I see a quote and I’m just like okay I can do this time to kick this days a$$
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    February 7, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Or if nothing else, it just helps jolt you out of your funk so that you CAN kick Ass!

      February 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    Sooo looking forward to beating the blahs and getting out and about in the Scottish mountains this weekend Susie! One of my favourite qoutes for when I’m feeling crap about things or in a mental rut is “to change how you feel, you’ve got to change your state”. So I need to get away from the drudgery that is work at the moment and be free to roam my mountains. And they are MY mountains. Oh yes. LOL πŸ˜‰
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    February 9, 2017 at 2:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh I bet you are! I totally hear you on that quote–it is similar to the “to do something you’ve never done before, you have to do something you never done before!” NOW GET OUT THERE! and take some pictures for me πŸ˜€

      February 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

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