What is stopping me from getting this done? I’m not feeling like the energizer bunny today, yet that’s no excuse. Someone told me a long while back, when your body speaks to you listen and do as it says. Meaning, if you feel sleepy, take a break and close your eyes. Seek a place of solitude for 20 minutes or so, let your body feel the sleepiness and get beyond it. You will feel better.
Sometimes moving beyond the mental block is as simple as asking the question, what is stopping you?
Try learning something new to add to your many skills. Have you checked out the growing options in free course work from various colleges and universities? If not, Google free online courses. I have signed up for two in the past. I didn’t finish either one. I work best with a deadline. Yet that won’t keep me from trying again. Timing is everything, right?
At this time of year as we move into September, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may settle in. Whomever named that disorder was right on the money. SAD can begin in September or October for many folks and not subside until the first blooms of spring arrive. SAD is a form of depression that occurs around the same time each year. It’s no joke as the symptoms include extreme fatigue and mood swings. Oh joy!
I suffer from SAD. It’s not a lifelong disorder so its onset is tricky to pinpoint. You know however, it’s all down hill after 40. Well, it can seem so at times.
Best advice to stave off SAD is to talk with your physician, get a referral to a counselor or therapist. If you have a therapist in your speed dial, this is a good time to call. Sleep is especially vital when summer turns to fall. Go ahead and rest. I know, it’s easier to say than do. Who has time for rest?
Learn some stress management techniques. Go to yoga. Find a level and style of yoga that works for you and do it consistently through the SAD months. Really, it helps.
Some say socializing is important when feeling down and blue. I’m an introvert on socializing, take it or leave it. Listen to your inner voice.
Taking a vacation or trip to a sunny place helps, but be warned, you go home to the short gray winter scene that drove you away. There is no escape, we ultimately have to deal with anything we would rather run from.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. If anything exciting happens, tell me about it. I really would like to know.
All my best,