I'm not talking about that area in the equatorial ocean where there is little air or water movement.
The doldrums I'm talking about are those you can feel, be in, have creeping on and shake off. "A depressed or bored state of mind a state of inactivity or stagnation" as defined in the Collins Dictionary.
Don't beat your self up, having the doldrums is a fact of life we all live with at some point. For me January is the month I tend to feel the doldrums creeping on, perhaps its the post mortem of Christmas fever, the hangover from new year celebrations. It could be the pressures I've created by making a never-ending list of resolutions, which I know, are doomed from the moment I put pen to paper. The old relationship blues the new job fears. Who knows? This list is long!
One thing for sure, shaking off the doldrums quickly is desirable. Heres a few of my tried and tested doldrum banishing weekend activities which if kept perpetual will hopefully keep the doldrums at bay all year round. Feel free to add your own suggestions.
Exercise - No! Definitely not, exercise makes most of us run for cover, but a relaxing walk in a favourite place could do the trick or a few early morning laps at the leisure centre, followed by a sauna.
A new look - lets not get ridiculous here, this weekend book yourself in for a hair trim and eyebrow treatment, it works wonders.
Shopping and more shopping, banish sensible purchases such as groceries and leave the kids at home on this "once in a blue moon" weekend shopping trip.
Stop beating yourself up, its okay to chill out on the lounge with a good movie a bucket of ice cream or your favourite glass of wine in the middle of the day.
Talk to a friend - catch up, treat yourself to a coffee break, away from the stresses of home and share your feelings. Remember that old saying? "A problem shared is a problem halved".
Lastly, my all time favourite! Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, what more can be said! Except maybe ahhhhh!