Do you ever wake up in a funk for no apparent reason? You slept well enough. Your’e not feeling sick. There’s nothing bad going on, no real struggles or pressures out of the normal things that you experience every day, but you just have a case of the blahs.
So what’s up with that. You tell yourself that having a peaceful life means you go with the flow, think positively, and everything is good – right? Well, not today. So what do you do about it? Let me tell you a bit about my morning.
I admit I woke up in a funk and with a serious case of the blahs. To be honest with you, my initial thoughts were to roll over, go back to sleep, and not get out of bed. My logical self knew that was not an option. After all I had a full day of projects and house stuff ahead – plus, that’s not what I do.
Usually I love Mondays. Monday is a slower day as for me as business goes. I schedule it that way on purpose because it is typically my laundry day, and the day I get stuff done around the house. I take the extra time between household tasks to plan out my work week, do some uninterrupted thinking, catch up on the emails I keep ignoring, and wrap up any anything hanging on from the weekend. I also have a lovely bible study (on Zoom, now) that I attend with friends that go back to my school-days.
So – no, it was not a case of the Mondays. If it were, then I would have just jumped up out of bed because – well – I love Mondays, and it’s Monday!
So what did I do?
Growing up, I was told at least a million times, “physician heal thyself.” I’m not entirely sure when I finally figured out what it actually meant, but when I did figure it out, I didn’t much care for the phrase any more. It always seemed to fit at the times I least wanted it to, and today was no different.
If someone had told me they woke up with a case of the blahs, or they were in a funk, the first thing I would do was ask them if they took time to be grateful. Gratitude is key when you are allowing yourself to wallow in a place that is not helping you be your best self.
I went on with my morning routine
I took a deep breath, and started by expressing gratitude for my sleep, for my health, and for forgiveness. Then I began my morning routine (a bit later than usual since I had been arguing with myself for a while). As I always do first thing, I did my morning stretching and strengthening – starting off a bit slower than usual, but eventually getting into the groove. I always do this first because if I don’t the day gets away from me and I never get to it.
Once I was done with the physical part of my morning routine, I went to the kitchen and made my protein drink and returned to take my supplements. I always drink at least a quart of water, sometimes even adding it to the protein drink to extend it out, so I’m sure I am hydrated.
From there, I get out my gratitude journal and write three reasons I am thankful. I have a rule that it can’t be anything I’ve listed recently. Sometimes I have to think a bit, but usually three things come quickly, and they did today. Once I put the gratitude journal away, I move on to my morning devotional. Currently I’m doing two really nice studies. Once by Joyce Meyer called Promises for Your Everday Life – a Daily Devotional. This one is on my YouVersion Bible App on my phone. I love it because I can always have it with me, even if I’m traveling.
Once I finish the Joyce Meyer study, I spend some time in prayer and then go on to the other study I’m enjoying by Susie Larson titled Prevail: 365 Days of Enduring Strength from God’s Word. That is her newest book and a really good read. From there, it’s positive affirmations, and then I write three pages in my Morning Pages.
So did that fix it all?
Well, I wish I could say it fixed everything and I was ready to go just like any other day, but I have to admit that even though I felt somewhat better, I was still feeling a bit blah.
You may be wondering what the whole point of this is, after reading all the details (thank you for hanging in there this long). What I wanted you to know from all of this is, even though things are not perfect, and you may be feeling a bit blah, know that it is not going to last forever. I made the conscious choice to move on with my day. I may be moving a bit slowly, and having to push myself a bit harder, but just because things aren’t ideal doesn’t mean I’m going to have a bad day.
One of the biggest secrets of living a peaceful life is that no matter what is happening in the moment, you know everything is going to be okay. You know there will be good times, and there will be some of those blah days, and there may be even some days that are worse than that (hopefully not many).
You are here on this planet for a purpose, and your mission is to accomplish that purpose. Don’t let the obstacles that try to get in the way keep you from getting where you want to go. You can overcome any obstacle that tries to interfere with your purpose. You have everything inside of you that you need. You can do this.
Find your purpose – find your joy!