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Three Ways to Beat the Blahs

Aug 18, 2007
Where are you on the blah scale? If number one is bedridden and number 10 is on top of the world, do you operate at a constant five? Characterized as not bad, but not good either, five is the number that many of us spend years of our lives living.

The problem with five (or three or four) is that you can stay there for a long, long time and not even realize that it's a bad thing. At five, you go through the motions of each day, wondering why life isn't very joyful and why you're so tired. Wondering why you feel so blah.

The good news about blah is this: by making a few simple changes in your life, you can quickly and easily climb the scale to six, seven, eight, or more. A simple, mind-body-spirit approach is the key to being happier in your life and to unlocking the energy within.

Here are three tips for beating the blahs:

1. Change your internal dialog. Every time your internal dialog gets negative, stop your thoughts immediately and reframe them into positive ones. For example, let's say you look in the mirror and your thoughts tell you, "I'm fat (or ugly, or have bad hair, or a bad complexion)." Make a conscious choice to change that dialog to, "I love my body (or I'm beautiful or I'm perfect just the way I am."

2. Move your body. If you're feeling blah, the temptation is to sit and wallow in that feeling. Instead, get up and move. If you have a desk job, take frequent breaks to move around. Take a five-minute walk or do some toe-touches and stretches in a private conference room or even in the restroom if you have to. If you're at home, go outside and putter in the yard, walk to the mailbox, or wash the car. Whatever you do physically, moving your body is an antidote to feeling blah.

3. Eat consciously. It's common to choose the wrong foods when you're feeling blah. In an attempt to gain more energy (falsely of course), people tend to reach for high sugar snacks or caffeine for a pick-me-up. Instead, use high-energy foods to give your body a lift. Choose raw, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and lots of pure water.

Life is too short to live it blah-fully. By taking these easy steps to elevate your mood and your outlook on life, you will begin to experience more joy and happiness.
About the Author
Patty Harder is an author, ordained S.H.E.S. minister, Reiki Master and self-help guru. To download an excerpt of her recently-released e-book "Interview with an Atlantean: An Ancient Look at the Law of Attraction," visit http://www.searchingforspirit.com.
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