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There is purpose in this season...

I think it's safe to say that we all go through seasons in our life when we may not feel like ourselves. It could be situational, it could be hormonal, it could be any number of reasons causing us to feel down... but whatever the case, you're not alone in your feelings when you're going through it. But it's so easy to feel that way while you're swimming in it and trying to stay afloat.

That's one of the amazing things about being part of a community like Bloom that can help though. You may have days when you walk into the studio feeling like it's the last thing you want to do, but I know personally, I've never left the studio feeling the same way. Even if for just an hour, that class can be a respite... an escape from reality... a time to tune out the world & tune into the music and movement... a "therapy" session if you will.

Exercise is a great way to improve your mood because of the "feel good" endorphins that are released as your heart rate is elevated. Group exercise in itself can lift your spirits simply because there's strength in numbers, likely some laughter amidst the sweat, and like-minded people in the room with similar goals.

Often times when we look back on seasons in our lives though, we realize there was something to gain from it, something that created growth, something we needed to experience or learn... although it's certainly not easy to believe that at the time.

Exercise isn't the only answer though. And with true depression or anxiety, while it can help to alleviate the symptoms, consulting a doctor or therapist is best. As with any other illness, medication can often help too, even temporarily.

Here's some other things that can help lift your spirits though if you're not feeling quite like yourself lately:

  1. Take a walk outside. Get some fresh air and a change of scenery. Even 10 minutes of sunshine can give you some natural vitamin D... which improves your mood. If you don't feel like taking a walk, just sit on the patio and listen to the birds chirping. Tune into world around you and try to tune out what's going on in your head.

  2. Call or even text a friend or family member. A strong social connection is key to emotional well-being. Sometimes just talking about what's going on, releases it from your mind, even if you're not necessarily looking for a solution. Our friends and loved ones can often make us laugh and are also great at reminding us we're not alone. I guarantee there's someone you know who's felt the way you feel or been through something similar.

  3. Get off social media. While yes, social media can give us a feeling of "social connection," it can also make us feel bad about ourselves or our lives in general. Limit your time or better yet, unfollow those who leave you feeling less than. And let's face it, nobody has time to hear from Negative Nancy every day. Keep your feed positive if you must connect.

  4. Fight off negative thoughts. What you focus on, you create more of... so be proactive and find a "go-to" for replacing those thoughts when you have them. Find a positive quote or Bible verse that resonates with you and makes you feel uplifted. Wake up in the morning and read a daily devotion. The way you start your day is a good gauge for how the rest of the day will go, so start it with something positive.

  5. Start a gratitude journal. This can either be the way you begin your day or end it. But think of a few things for which your grateful every day and write it down... even if it's as simple as "I got out of bed today." As you make a habit of this, you'll unknowingly train your mind to focus more on the positive things in your day. It's been said that grati