Meditation for the Blues?

I’ve had a mild case of the blahs.  Nothing crazy but I hate that sad slightly weepy feeling.  And it seems so whiny to say it too.  Most of us get them from time to time.  Some wallow in it, watch sad movies and get the emotions out.  I’m not that person.  I’ll feel sad for a while and then I have to get rid of the mood.

Running, exercise and good mood boosting foods are my go tos for the blahs.  But recently I found that meditation helps a lot too.  I’m not a steady meditator.  I signed up again for the Chopra Center’s 21 day meditation challenge and, true to my nature, I missed a few days so I’m not finished with the challenge yet.  That’s okay, I am finishing it out and I’ve meditated most days in the last 22. 

I’m the person who has hamster brain.  The wheel spins and I go along for the ride.  The meditation challenge lets me focus on something else for 15 minutes or so.  That is not to say my mind does not wander, it does.  I bring myself back to my breath or a mantra more than I’d like to admit.  That’s okay, it’s a practice – not a perfect, so I’ll keep trying.

Interestingly I’ve noticed that I’m a little more tolerant of others when I meditate, including myself.  I’m calmer, more centered and able to look at things a little differently.  It spills over into my daily life and I appreciate that. 

What do you do to counteract the blahs?  How do you center yourself when things are not going the way you would like?