The embers of a dynamic week burned quietly in the back of my mind. I slowly made myself get out of bed. My mind felt confused and discouraged. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was actively and confidently facing my world.
I had an extremely productive and demanding week. It felt great! I was focused. I knew what needed to be done and when it should be done. I created some awesome stuff and I met a demanding deadline. Thursday and Friday were extremely stressful and rewarding. Late Friday evening my work was accomplished. Great, now I can get on with life. We will have a wonderful Saturday as a family doing a little cleaning and a lot of playing. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I woke up Saturday morning completely drained. I had lost all focus, any sense of purpose was gone. I was down and felt very discouraged.
It was as if the rug had been pulled out from under my joyful, productive world.
What do you do when you are on a creative, physical, spiritual, or emotional high, then the bottom drops out?
Here are three things to help you recover.
- Rest and get good nutrients. Take a nap and eat a nourishing meal. Your body is recovering from the stress and demands you have placed upon it and will need the physical rest and nourishment.
- Try to reach outside of yourself for help. If you are confused and discouraged the resolution to your problem will not come from your own thoughts. Look at what has helped you in the past. What gives you hope? What has eased your mind in the past? Here are some things that I reach for that are outside of my own thinking.
- God’s word. It is my lifeline. It does not beat me down as my mind will do. My thoughts pull me away from intimacy with God. It pulls me closer to God even if I am still discouraged.
- Music. Listen to something uplifting. This is not the time to listen to “Lonely” (by Akon). It does not matter how cute the Chipmunks sing you will be pulled into the isolation of the lyrics. The point is whatever your style of music stay away from the songs that suck you into down or depressive emotions.
- A movie. Ok, it may not help to escape and watch TV all day long. However a good inspiring drama, comedy, or fast paced action movie may help. Just don’t pick the tear jerker.
- Essential oils. My favorite to reach for is lemon. It is uplifting and helps pull me out of sadness. Lavender, peppermint, and lemon work well together to relax your mind and rejuvenate a tired soul. Some other good choices are Ylang- Ylang, lime, and Balance from Doterra essential oils. Put the lemon or lime in water. The lavender, lemon, and peppermint is taken in a capsule or with water. Ylang Ylang and Balance can be applied topically on your feet or over your heart. 2 to 5 drops each a few times a day. Check out Essential oils.
- Get out of your environment. Go for a walk in your neighborhood or at a park. Take your family out somewhere to get ice cream or coffee.
- Read or listen to something you want to learn about. Reach for a good book or listen to a podcast. There are many inspiring things to listen to on iTunes
- Remember this is not you. You are in a recovery zone. You will get through this. If you had surgery you would not expect to be better the next day. You would have to lay back, take it easy and rest. This is a similar process. You will get back up and continue moving forward. You just may need to rest and be refreshed today.
Acknowledging your feelings is one of the first steps to overcoming.
Question: What do you do to get out of a low? I would love to hear what helps you! Comment below.