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What It Means to Be 'Soul Weary' and What to Do

By Sandy Schroeder

Recently I spotted the term "soul weary" in a MindBodyGreen.com article, and nodded my head as I recognized the condition. I knew what that was. If life has just swept over you, leaving you tired, confused, and spent, you may feel "soul weary" too.

The article suggests you may be experiencing a weariness of the soul, when you are just done with all of the commotion for a bit. "Done trying, done caring." Not forever, but done right now.

If you sense that this is temporary, and not a sign of depression, which requires professional help, you may just need some ways to ease the impact of your current situation and to shift out of it, according to MindBodyGreen.com.

Being "soul weary" can come from all sorts of trials, tests or losses with family, friends, jobs, health, kids, spouses, or finances. Or perhaps it is simply a time where you just pause and wonder about where you are, what you have been doing and why. To move on may call for some interim steps like these.

Slow down for a bit - If you have been running fast for some while, it may be time to pause on a few projects and give yourself some timeouts with people who you enjoy. Get away for a weekend or just do dinner, whatever works.

Just let go - When you are bone tired and truly weary of everything, it is definitely not time for pep talks. Accept how you feel and sit with your weariness in a comfortable spot at home, on your yoga mat or in a favorite garden or park. Later you will be ready to rejoin the race, but not right now.

Take better care of yourself - When projects, deadlines or crucial issues take over, it's easy to postpone dental or doctor appointments, and to eat quickly and poorly. Review your health care and update appointments. Head out to your favorite farmer's market to stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. Start cooking and baking at home and invite friends over for supper. Later, relax with a warm bath, good book, and soft music.

Share your feelings with someone - Let some of the angst out as you confide in a friend. Or talk it through with a family member. If you talk with a counselor, tell them honestly what is happening.

Consider where you are - Ask yourself the real questions. What happened and what should happen now? How did you get to the point of such total weariness? As you sort through it, you may see the way forward.

Know that change is likely - Think of other things that you have weathered, and how they evolved and were ultimately resolved. Whatever you are dealing with now, may not just evaporate, but it will change.  If the feelings persist over time, consider seeing your doctor and seeing a therapist to work through the issue.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

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