For the Days You Want to Sing the Blues

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There are days I feel sad and unmotivated. Maybe you can relate?

Life, and what’s going on, will contribute to my mood. But, my mood is just that—the way I feel today. And today won’t last forever.

The thing about moods is, they change…and often.

While one day I might feel like singing the blues, the next day I may be humming a different tune.**

So, today, I’m sharing what gets me through the I-feel-sad-and-don’t-want-to-do-anything-days.

1) Remember that this feeling is temporary.**

So many factors contribute to how we feel on any given day…hormones, the weather, how we slept the night before, lack of exercise, illness, and more.

If there’s something you can change in order to feel better, try to change it. (Take a nap, go for a walk, etc.)

If you just have to ride it out (ie. hormones), then give yourself grace to get through without being hard on yourself.

Personally, knowing there will be particular times of the month I’ll feel blue helps me get through those very days because I know it’s temporary.

2) Spend time with God.

You may not feel motivated to do an in-depth Bible study, but simply talking with God can help. He doesn’t expect formalities. He just wants to draw you close and carry you through this time. Tell Him how you feel and ask Him to show you where change can be made.

3) Know what is best for you.

I need days to myself at home, but for some, that makes it worse. Know how you recharge. If time alone is what you need, then do it. If it’s being out with people, then make sure you find somewhere to go.

4) If you are the creative type, find something creative to do.

For me, writing is my outlet. It helps me articulate my feelings into words, even when I don’t share them with anyone. It’s also one way I connect with God, talking to Him as I try to process what I’m thinking and feeling.

5) Do something to change your focus.

Call a friend, turn on praise music, or make a blessings list. Praising God, even when you don’t feel like it, will change your focus. You can’t praise God and complain at the same time. Go ahead, try it.

6) Continue with your routine.

I don’t feel like doing anything when I’m down. But, the more out of my routine I get makes it harder to get back on track days later.

Continue going to the gym, clean the house when you normally would, keep up with laundry and running errands…even when you don’t want to. I’m always glad I kept up with these when I’m feeling better.

How about you? What picks you up or motivates you on the days you want to sing the blues?

**Sometimes, moods don’t change for the better. If you’re experiencing sadness that won’t end, emotions you can’t control, or other symptoms (ex. fatigue, lack of energy, not being able to sleep, or always wanting to sleep) that may indicate depression, please don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. It may not be openly talked about, but more people than you know have dealt with a form of depression at some time in their lives. And it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

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10 Responses to For the Days You Want to Sing the Blues
  1. Barbie
    January 17, 2014 | 12:17 am

    Such good encouragement here. I have those “I don’t feel like doing anything days” all too often it seems. As I’ve entered mid-life, work full time, raise my family, tend to my house, blog, etc. living life sometimes seems like an uphill battle. I must continue to put my eyes on Jesus first to find the proper perspective. Blessings!

    • Laura Rath
      January 17, 2014 | 6:30 am

      I agree Barbie, some days feel like walking into the wind. And then there are days I choose to let the things I “have to do” wait so that I can spend the day with family or getting the extra rest I need. Running myself ragged doesn’t work. Priorities are important. And you nailed it when you said we need to keep our eyes on Jesus to find (and keep) the proper perspective. Thanks Barbie! God bless!

  2. Joanne Viola
    January 17, 2014 | 7:36 am

    There is nothing worse for me than realizing for myself that I am in a bad mood. This is such a great post offering encouragement & practical steps on how to improve our mood. Often I have found taking a nap or getting a good night’s sleep helps as well. Being tired can affect our mood. Most times, I find listening to music & focusing on what I am singing works effectively. So glad that I visited today from Faith Filled Fri.

    • Laura Rath
      January 17, 2014 | 1:13 pm

      Thanks Joanne, glad you stopped by!

  3. Dawn Paoletta (
    January 17, 2014 | 8:50 am

    Love this and practice all of these…as a matter of fact, I employ most of these practices regularly, and that helps, as someone who has dealt with PTSD due to abuse. I think these also keep the blues at bay…if I may. Because sometimes the feelings come for no known reason we can understand, ie. depression variations- and it’s worse when you can’t figure why you are feeling down. But then I do think the pushing through is good. And when it’s not possible to push through, the curtailing of negative thoughts , being still and listening for God or just sitting in His presence, knowing He understands, even when we don’t is good.

    • Laura Rath
      January 17, 2014 | 1:16 pm

      I agree Dawn, the negative thoughts can get us down before we even realize it. The sooner we realize the enemy’s work on us, and replace it with God’s truth, the better. Thanks for your comment!

  4. susie klein
    January 17, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    I can totally identify with this post and each step to “pull up” and out of the mood is so true. The one about it being temporary is such a great tip. Hopelessness comes when we feel like the mood may last forever. Beautiful and helpful post!

    • Laura Rath
      January 18, 2014 | 11:22 am

      Amen Susie! When I start thinking my sadness or situation will last forever, I sink even further. But when I remind myself that God is right beside me and what I’m going through will only last for a season, it gives me strength to keep moving forward. Thanks for your comment!

  5. Joan
    January 17, 2014 | 6:10 pm

    Hi Laura! Thanks for posting on FB that you were over here at 5 Minutes for Faith today! I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never seen this site! (Sorry Deb!!) But, I have been making an effort to expand my blog reading and am glad I have as there are so many great Christian bloggers out there!!) Ok…back to this post. Wonderful points! It really helps me when I know where I stand hormonally. Like you, I know the mood is temporary. But sometimes, hormones are not the problem and I find myself in a blue mood. Maybe it’s been a bad dream or even a trial I’m facing. But, whatever the cause, God is the answer! I find that when I run straight to His word and read and pray, my spirits are definitely lifted! Nobody likes to feel sad – so thank you for these great tips to kick the blues!

    Blessings, Joan

  6. Laura Rath
    January 18, 2014 | 11:45 am

    Hi Joan,
    I agree, sometimes something triggers a memory that brings on sadness. I have to really pay attention to that, or I can end up sad and in a bad mood and I can’t figure out why.

    Glad to see you here at 5 Min. for Faith!