On occasion, we all feel down. Sometimes, that low feeling lingers and it can be a challenge to get rid of. It’s ok. We are all human. We are all going to have good days and bad days. However, it is how we handle those difficult obstacles that determines our moods.
Every time you are feeling down you have two options: 1. Keep doing what you are doing and wallow in self-pity or 2. do something to pick yourself up. Although the latter isn’t easy, staying in a slump is only going to make things worse. If you do nothing, you are only feeding the monster. As a result, you will never feel any better about your situation.
Everyday is an opportunity to feel happier. Here are some simple ways to pick yourself up.
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I cannot stress this enough; the endorphins from exercising is unmeasurable to anything else. It is the most underrated depressant! If you are down in the dumps then I highly recommend to get your body moving ASAP. It doesn’t have to be a gruelling 60 minute workout where you are sweating buckets afterwards. Just a simple 3 minute video is enough. I can guarantee you will be surprised by how effective this is.
The great outdoors
Nothing makes me feel better than spending some time outside. Whether this is because its unnatural for us to be indoors 24/7 or because I realise that there is more to life than my current problems. The fact remains; a few tranquil moments surrounded by nature does wonders for your soul.
Eating healthy and ensuring that you look after yourself is truly vital for avoiding those low moods. I know from personal experience that when I practice great acts of self care, I rarely waver from my positive mindset. Depending on the situation, feeling down in the dumps may just be a sign that you aren’t looking after yourself very well.
One of the worst things you can do is to stay in bed feeling sorry for yourself. Instead, get off your booty and go get some exercise. I guarantee you will feel better.
Write it down
Sometimes, the thoughts in our head can become overwhelming. In times of frustration such as this, I suggest writing it down. Keep a little journal in your handbag or on your nightstand for those moments when you feel yourself wavering. This method is also great if you want to get things off of your chest but don’t have anyone to talk to about it.
As a creative, expressing myself through the arts is deeply therapeutic for me. A few moments with a paintbrush and paper and all my negative emotions fade away.
It can be difficult to find your personal therapeutic expression. However, it really is in your best interest to find a way to express yourself in a safe and healthy way. This could be karate, rock climbing or a musical instrument.
It is worth noting that this also doesn’t have to be a hobby. Simply expressing yourself through conversation can be just as effective.
Sometimes, you simply just need to stand back and really reevaluate how you are feeling and why. From personal experience, most of the things I have felt some negative emotion about, has felt worse in my head than it actually is. We can be our own worst enemy. Take some time to put things into perspective and remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have in your life. Gratitude is the greatest cure for when you’re feeling down in the dumps.
How do you battle a bad mood?