5 things that help me break free from the blahs

5 things that help me break free from the blahs

Just some things that help me get feeling better when I’m feeling a little down.


I’m not an expert and I don’t suffer from serious depression. I’m not at all suggesting that these tips could help someone who struggles with things I couldn’t possibly understand. What I do know is that every now and then life can get a little blah for me, and I’ve developed certain strategies to try and point myself in the right direction. Figured I would share them, partly to remind myself, and partly because I would love to hear your tips.

Clean the house

Whenever I start feeling like things are gloom and doom for me, I find that cleaning the house is a way to try and get back on track. I think it’s because the things that get me down often feel beyond my control, so it feels good to exert control of my living space. There’s also just the thought that if I’m feeling happy about my living environment, the rest of me will hopefully follow.

Make a to-do list

This has been a game changer for me, and my list includes both big and small things. I might have a list that includes things like wash the dishes, put laundry in, call the bank, and more. The point is that I load up on small tasks, then knock off a bunch of them so I can look at this completed list and feel accomplished for the day. It’s almost like tricking myself into feeling productive.

What makes you happy?

I view battling my blahs as a boss fight. Boss fights have mechanics and when you first meet the boss, they often destroy you. As you learn the patterns of the boss you come up with ways to defeat it. I know my blahs, and thus do things I know will beat them. For me, shows that make me laugh, a phone call with a friend, or spending time with my cats. Study your enemy (the blahs) and exploit their weakness!

Accept it's real

Sometimes when I’m feeling down, I catch myself fighting it. Almost in denial, as if I just won’t feel bad if I won’t admit I feel bad. Having a positive mindset can be wonderful but being in denial won’t help. Often, it’s not until I stop and think, “I’m really sad right now” that I can start to feel better because I can move on to other important questions, such as, “Why am I feeling down, honestly?”

Tell someone

I’m not afraid to text my friends and just tell them that I’m feeling down. They are all wonderful people and it normally leads to a phone call, or a few days of texts checking up on me, reassurance, gaming nights, and much more. If you’re feeling down, tell someone. For me, seeing how much people care about me is one of the most effective ways of feeling better.

Again, I by no means want to come off sounding like I have great advice that can help anyone. This might all just be random BS that only makes sense to me. I don’t struggle with severe depression or anxiety, and those of you that do, you’re so much stronger than I could ever hope to be. You’re a rockstar if you are feeling down and you managed to get out of bed this morning. I’m proud of you whether you got out of bed or not.

If you are struggling right now, here are two numbers that can help:

  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 833-456-4566
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US): 800-273-8255

If you’ve got any tips or life hacks for breaking out of the mild blahs, I’d love to hear them and possibly add them to my arsenal of tricks.

From The Chatty
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    March 5, 2021 12:07 PM

    These are some strategies to help me break free from the blahs. What are some of yours?

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      March 5, 2021 12:14 PM

      It's a little dorky, but I will crank up some tunes and get my groove on to pump myself up.

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        March 5, 2021 12:32 PM

        Same. I have a loop of my favorite songs for when I need to feel better.

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      March 5, 2021 12:30 PM

      Have my 8yr old tell me a joke. His latest creation: What do you call a milkshake? A milkshook because you already shaked it duh."

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      March 5, 2021 12:42 PM

      Work out.
      Go for a bike ride.
      Play music..but then I realize how shit I am at it versus how long I've been playing. Then I get depressed again.

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      March 5, 2021 12:43 PM

      Smoke weed.

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      March 5, 2021 1:02 PM

      A really hot shower, cooking something new, music, dog walkies.

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        March 5, 2021 2:02 PM

        You know what, I hadn't considered cooking something new/exciting. That's a good one. That feels like it fits under the sense of accomplishment line of thinking.

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          March 5, 2021 4:27 PM

          I see a dish that get's my eyes wide, I learn about the ingredients, the preparation methods, and give it a cook! Super fun for me to discover new flavors and cook techniques. If it turns out well I tweak it a bit for my tastes and I've learned something new and tasty. I find it very satisfying.

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        March 5, 2021 9:31 PM

        You should add a shower beer to that equation and absolutely blow your mind.

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      March 5, 2021 1:12 PM

      Short workout, followed by a good high-protein meal; reading an especially good book!

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      March 5, 2021 2:02 PM

      Baths with a comfy spa pillow and a colored pool light have single-handedly saved my sanity over the last year. When I can't do that I either go beat myself up using the battle ropes or work on art for a bit.

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      March 5, 2021 4:46 PM


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        March 5, 2021 9:15 PM

        Wholeheartedly disagree.

        I would never talk about my mild "blahs" without acknowledging that what others suffer from is much worse. I would never acknowledge that what others suffer from is much worse without emphatically stating that folks should not listen to me, they should listen to the experts. Leaving the phone numbers to suicide hotlines in an article talking about feeling down, to any degree, is relevant. What if one random person on the Chatty reads this and decides to call?

        Most of the responses to this show that people found it helpful, and there were a couple things people suggested that I hadn't thought of, so that's a plus in my mind. Still, you are absolutely entitled not to feel the article was good, and you said so respectfully, so I do appreciate that. Your feedback was taken seriously and not brushed aside. I wish you nothing but the best.

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      March 5, 2021 4:54 PM

      I appreciate this article as I was definitely suffering from the blahs this week (worse I have felt in years). Opening up to mostly random people on the shack helped me process my bad feelings better, so thanks to everyone for that.

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      March 5, 2021 6:05 PM

      I have the blahs

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      March 6, 2021 12:31 AM

      Depends what kind of blahs. Could be watching your favorite movie, could be the rest of your life in therapy

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      March 6, 2021 1:21 AM

      I’m in a new city, so I like leaving the house to go explore it. Also trying out new eateries and finding the best coffee and such. Any excuse to leave the house, really.

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