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Feeling Blah


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What can you do when you are Feeling Blah?

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Feeling Blah

  1. 1. ==== ====When you feel blah. . . . ====Just about this time of year were all feeling house-bound, craving the sunshine and needingsomething different. If we, who are adults and have learned certain coping skills feel this way,think how hard it is for the children who have not yet learned how to cope...and they dont evenknow why theyre feeling so Blah! As the adults in their lives, we need to be aware of what is goingon with them and help.We do this by identifying what their feelings are, what the resultant behavior is, giving them theappropriate words to label what is going on, and providing resolutions. Our assistance will dependon the childrens ages and abilities. Those who attend school regularly will have different needsthan those children who are with you or their caregiver all day. Children whose days are highlystructured will need some down time. If theyve not had opportunities for physical activities, weneed to make sure they get moving. It can be a walk with you in the snow, playing in the backyard,telling silly jokes for belly-laughs, going to an indoor pool, etc.Those children who have had some activity with sports or other after school activities might needsome time with no demands. Reading a book in a quiet place, limited TV or computer time, oreven helping with dinner preparations can provide a time to relax their bodies and minds. Comingright home to complete homework, without any down time, can create additional stress or feelingsof depression.An afternoon/evening routine that includes a change from the daily activities can still result in adisciplined home, but one that honors the childrens needs during the Blah season. Toddlers andpreschoolers need a routine day that includes regular rest and feeding times, times of activity andquiet play. Routine is most comforting to children of this age, but they do need simple changesthat can redirect boredom. Do simple things like moving activities usually done in one place toanother, like reading in a different place occasionally. Instead of eating in a high chair, prepareanother safe place to enjoy a meal.Preschoolers love picnics on the floor and are usually anxious to participate in the preparations.Baking cookies and visiting a shut-in can serve several purposes: baking takes time and one inwhich young children can participate, preparing to visit someone can help the children developplanning skills, it gets the adults out of the house, and visiting a shut-in brings such joy tosomeone who can really be feeling the winter blahs and can teach children sensitivity, generosityand other wonderful qualities that result in a responsible adults. Somehow when we help ourchildren deal with their blahs, we dont feel ours in quite the same way.
  2. 2. Practicing psychology for 34 years, being married and having children and grandchildren have alltaught me a lot about life. With a wealth of life experiences, I believe that I can offer ideas to helpothers live life more fully, more enjoyably, and with greater satisfaction.Article Source: ====When you feel blah. . . . ====