Comedian, Tina Fey, says, “I was a little excited but mostly blorft. ‘Blorft’ is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.' I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”
Stress is our bodies’ reaction to change whether the change is physical, mental or emotional. Stress can come from how we perceive trouble in relationships, conflicts with co-workers, becoming ill, losing friends, family and/or pets, or moving. These stressful events can cause an increase in blood pressure, increase our heart rate and create fatigue. “Good stress”can impact our lives as well. Good stress can be about marriage, having a baby, starting a new job or career or planning a trip. These “good stressors” are handled by the body in the same way that “bad stressors” are. Over time accumulated stress whether good or bad can create long-term damage possibly leading to high blood pressure or diabetes.
Here are some helpful tips to try when you are feeling “blorft”:
- LAUGH - Read a silly book, Watch a funny movie, Listen to a comedian, Play with your children, join Laughter Yoga Club. Laughing helps the body to release built up tension.
- EXERCISE - Movement whether walking, running, hiking, biking, taking Zumba, going to Yoga, these all are ways to creatively energize ourselves when we are feeling “blorfted.”
- MEDITATE - Meditation or meditative activities allow us to slow the mind and become aware of our surroundings. You can find a meditation class or video that teaches various forms of meditation. There are also meditative activities which are also helpful, such as: walking your dog, petting your cat, gardening, doing Tai Chi or Qi Gong,
- TALK - Don’t keep it pent up. If you need help working through the events find a professional counselor, a trusted Pastor or Spiritual Guide or a friend who can listen without judgment.
- DANCE - Pick your favorite song and dance! In 1983 Tom Cruise acted in the movie “Risky Business” where he does a dance, sliding across the wood floor sporting socks, t-shirt and underwear, while music is blasting in the background. Give it a try! It is harder to take yourself so seriously when you are dancing naked in your living room.
- BATH TIME - Put a cup of Epsom salts in a hot bath and soak for ten minutes. The warm water softens our muscles, and the Epsom salts pull out toxins stored in our body. If you don’t have a bath, soaking your feet in a large bowl of hot water with Epsom salts is just as effective.
- SING - Choose your favorite song and sing it out loud. Sing whether you are a good singer or not. Sing in the shower, at home, while driving in your car, or even at Karaoke. Using our voice creates a healthy vibration throughout our bodies and helps to lower stress.
- ART - Get creative if this feels right for you. Paint, Color, Sketch, Write, Photograph, Draw, Carve, Sew, Crochet, Quilt, Collage … sometimes giving ourselves creative activities allows us to find creative solutions.