Ever have one of those days? Seems as if the
cloudy murkiness holds over your head sort of like
the cloud of dust is continually hovering around Pig
Pen's feet in the Peanuts cartoons.
At last, a simple combination of tips will
completely lift the Blechhhs quickly! Simply try on
one or more of these methods the next time your life
is taken over by a malaise of ickyness.
1. Talk it over. Make a five-minute
phone call to a friend in order to sort out
"what's up" in the situation.
Sometimes all that is needed is a quick vent
session. Set the intentional that the venting
will completely erase the negative feelings.
Speak. Let go.
2. Get a breath of fresh air. If you have been
sitting at your desk indoors, go outside and move
around. Take ten big breaths and stretch
completely lifting your arms up over your head. For
once, know that no one is paying any attention.
(They are thinking about themselves the majority of
the time.) I am actually writing this on my laptop
sitting my porch. This way I get the benefit
of the outdoors and I can keep a close watch over my
little girl on her tricycle.)
3. Collect and prepare affirmations to use at times
of distress. Keep these affirmations on
notecards or in a special book so when you need
them, they will be right there. You may choose
to either write them out a few times. Maybe
speaking them works more effectively for you.
Perhaps a combination is best. Try various
methods on to see what works best for you.
4. Whenever you get a nice note or commendation from
an associate or a colleague, keep it in a file
folder. I call mine my "atta girl"
file. This is a great painkiller at times when
blecch is overflowing. It reminds me (in the
memorable words of Sally Fields so many years ago)
"They like me! They really, really like
5. Take a moment to review what you are thankful for
in your life and work. Before you groan,
simply try it the next time blechhs creep in.
You can start a Gratitude or Thankfulness notebook
where you actually keep a written record or you may
want to just close your eyes and think of those
special things (or simple things) you are thankful
for. (As I was working on this article, I got
up and worked in my gratitude garden. It
quickly refocused me so I was able to complete my
task at hand.)
6. Subscribe to one or more email quote services so
you will have an ongoing list of inspiring quotes to
read and reflect upon at a moments notice. I
have found it works best to copy and paste the
especially good ones into a separate file folder.
I have my quotes separated by topic, as well, in
case I run into a challenge in one specific area.
7. Write a thank you note or two. This is quickly
becoming a lost art; keep a pack of notecards in
your desk. When the blechhs arrive, simply jot
a quick, heart felt thank you to someone. It
can be anyone who positively impacts your day.
(The mail carrier, an author, a member of your house
of worship who greets you each Sunday, your son's
scout leader.) By putting the thank you out
into the universe, not only are you adding to the
positive energy or yourself and the recipient, you
are having a domino effect upon others as well.
So simple AND so significant.
8. Do a 27 Fling Boogie. I learned this
technique from the Flylady who is an online
organizational-time-management-hero for "Stay
Home Executives." If you feel the
symptoms of blecch beginning to surface, grab a
trash bag and get busy. Collect 27 items as quickly
as you can, throw them in the trash bag, close
the trash bag and take it outside immediately.
This is VERY energizing. And somehow I never
am unable to find 27 assorted items. . . you may
9. Do a "Gifts Shift". This came in
handy when I used to work in local government.
As the blechhs came upon me, I would shift my task
from something outside of my giftedness to something
inside my giftedness. For me that meant
writing something (I wrote some of the most readable
memos in the department!) or working with my clients
in the field. It always worked so that
returning to doing my original task was much, much
10. Finally, give something away. This may be
something as simple as giving a heartfelt
compliment. It may mean starting or expanding
on a hobby specifically as a method for combating
the blechhs (one idea is to sponge paint small terra
cotta pots and put a plant in them. One
bigger plant can be the source for many little
Use this list as a starting point. Print it
out and add your ideas as they come to mind.
Finally, you will be prepared to create positively
the next time you don't feel so great.
Your breakthroughs WILL come. Guaranteed.
Julie Jordan Scott is a Certified Life Purpose
Coach who works with action- oriented, creative
people who are ready to live each moment with