How to Get Over the Blues

Are you tired of winter or feeling a little blue? Throughout life, we all experience times where we feel down or lethargic, sometimes for no apparent reason. Danielle offers ideas to “pick yourself up” when you are feeling down. She offers both spiritual and practical advice.

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Prayer can give us the proper perspective on whatever it is we are going through in life.


1. Examine yourself

What do you have going on physically or emotionally that could be affecting how you feel? Women are notorious for neglecting to pause and assess how they are feeling and things they need to process.

2. Pray

Do you have time set aside every day for prayer? You need to! Make a commitment and spend time going deeper in your relationship with God. You were made for this!

3. What are you eating?

Take a look at your diet and see how what you eat affects your mood. Sugar can be a tricky thing that causes a cycle of highs and lows. You may need to reduce the amount of sugar you eat or cut it out all together.

4. Look outward

Find meaning in connection with other human beings. Seek ways to give generously to others with praise, encouragement, your time and attention.

5. Be kind to yourself

Pay attention to the ways you tend to talk to yourself and change any negative habits. Look for something you can truly enjoy each day and make time for that, just for you!

6. Get physical

Exercise is a natural mood booster, but sometimes when we are feeling down, we avoid it. You can begin a formal exercise program, or simply look for ways to move more throughout your day.

7. Cancel some stuff

Pretty much every one of us can afford to do fewer things. Cross some things off your calendar and enjoy having some space in your life for downtime with your family.

Listener Question (33:35)

18-year-old listener Anna asks how she should go about finding a good Catholic man to marry.

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I Don’t Want to Miss It by Ellie Holcomb


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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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