The blahs

I’m having a hard time settling back into normal life after our long vacation. Actually, it’s not even “normal life” since JK is still on parental leave, which makes it even more annoying – instead of simply enjoying all this time we have together, I find myself stressing out about having to be productive and getting all the things done, and then I don’t get anything done at all because I’m exhausted. This is part of a more systemic case of the blahs that started while we were in Italy, fueled by insomnia and insecurity, and I want it to end as soon as possible. Like now, preferably, before it morphs into something more sinister.

Whenever I start feeling like this, I find that it’s helpful to set some personal goals. Any goals. Teeny tiny goals. Something that will give me a sense of purpose and structure during the time it takes me to get back on my feet. Feeling like I was working towards something was hugely helpful when I was depressed, and it’s a good way to nip blahs like these in the bud. I’ll have to sit down and decide what the specifics should be, but I’m thinking it would be smart to start training for Beat the Blerch (well that’s appropriate), which I’ll be running in September, and, once again, cutting down on the sugar, because I brought quite the spare tire home from Norway. If you haven’t tried Norwegian chocolate, you’re missing out (but then you’re probably also at a normal body weight, so there’s that).

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  • Reply Lisa July 29, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I think all this is normal. I usually get the blues after a vacation. Having something to look forward to helps a lot. Another vacation in the future (even if it’s just a weekend getaway somewhere local). Like you said, having goals helps. Running a race is a great idea! Sign up for another one. Maybe like around Christmas time? Then you can dress up like Santa. :)

  • Reply Coryface July 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I also always get the blues after vacation (and after my birthday, incidentally). Adding that JK is home, I totally get why you’re feeling the pressure to do ALL the things. My suggestion is to have JK do all the things while you do all the sleeping things. Just kidding… sort of. Dig around in the garden, make Nora a little craft, and enjoy a sweltering 9 PM run – baby steps … (so to speak :)

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