Have you ever had one of those days when, despite having the best of intentions and doing all the right things, you just feel a bit...Off? Maybe you have these kinds of days fairly regularly? If so don’t worry, you are not alone!
As much as we would all love to feel 100% all of the time, having ‘low days’ is just part of life. In some ways, having those low days help us to really appreciate the good days! But still, it can be really hard, not to mention frustrating.
Sometimes there can be a physical reason why we are feeling a bit down. Perhaps it is hormonal, just part of our monthly cycle, other times we might be a bit tired or just haven’t had enough to eat. Other times it can be an emotional trigger that initiates feeling blue.
But every now and then we have one of those days when we are feeling ‘blah’ for no apparent reason. We know we have been sleeping well, eating right, exercising regularly yet we still feel really low. - And these can be the most challenging days because at least when we know there is a reason, can accept it and know it will pass!
This is something I have experienced recently and I have now learnt to accept that some days, for whatever reason, I just feel off. I don’t feel motivated, I don’t feel enthusiastic and really all I want to do is be alone. When I recognise I am having one of these days there are two things I do. First off all I like to take a nice relaxed walk on my own. I usually pick somewhere remote and close to nature like a beach or park. If even after some fresh air and a nice walk I am still feeling low, then I accept that this is how I feel in this moment and try not to give myself a hard time. If I want to nap or watch a movie or just chill out, then that is what I do.
People often expect someone like me to feel energetic all the time, because fitness and health is my lifestyle as well as my profession. But I am just like everyone else, I have down days too! One of the most important bits of advice I can give you when you experience a down day is just to accept that is how you are feeling, that it is temporary and offer yourself love and compassion. Because the last thing you need when you are already feeling low, is to give yourself a hard time for feeling that way!
Be kind to yourself and accept that in life there will be the ups and there will be downs, just try to stay kind to yourself through them both!