Saturday, April 4, 2009

Malaise of Life

For most of the past week, I experienced symptoms of medical malaise. I just felt off. I had no energy or interest in doing anything, a poor appetite and vague fleeting physical symptoms of discomfort. Malaise is a word that describes the nondescript. Without knowing exactly what's awry, it doesn't feel right or healthy.

As I was observing myself in this state of medical malaise, I began to think how this term can also describe how one may sometimes feel in their life.

Have you ever felt off, or just not up to your usual level of enthusiasm, optimism or adventure for life? Have you ever noticed that your appetite for the many delights of life, simply did not appeal? Have you ever noticed your physical self resist getting up off the couch to exercise, as though the energy for it had to begin somewhere else in your brain and that part was non-functioning? Have you ever recognized that your attitude about life was unhealthy and that it did not feel good to be in that state of mind?

The good news about malaise of life is that you don't have to wait for a virus to pass before you can feel vibrantly healthy and alive again. You can create the shift from blah to joy, by shifting your thoughts one by one to a more positive state of mind. A fast track to recovery from malaise of life is to practice gratitude. Remembering to be grateful for all, because all life experiences will ultimately serve you. Exchange helpless feelings for hopeful ones.

As with medical maladies, there are prophylactic approaches that can be taken to lower the chances of ever becoming ill. This is true with the non-physical maladies such as malaise of life, as well.

Be careful what you think about, remembering positive thoughts are healthy and negative thoughts are not. Love yourself, unconditionally, all of the time. Forgive yourself and others whenever an opportunity arises. Seek out loving, joyful experiences and live them often.

This treatment plan can be effective anytime.....before or after symptoms appear.....Be consistent and you will always be vibrantly healthy.

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