Everyone has days when they are down, worn out, and just not feeling all that happy. That’s okay, you need to have days like this, otherwise, how would you know when you are happy. You need to have something to contrast your happiness with. What is black without white? This too shall pass and the sun will come out again.
Even though you know that sadness is a part of life, let’s try to make it a small part of life.
With that said, here are a few tips to help you feel better when you are feeling down. They are easy to do, easy to practice every day and they work!
1. Stand Up Straight, Sit Up Straight
When your body is in alignment your energy can flow and when your energy is flowing freely, you can flow.
Yes, just smile. Easy to do and effective.
3. Repeat Positive Affirmations
Things like “I feel good”, “Positive energy flows through my body”, “I see the good in all”, "I am grateful for", "I am surrounded by love". If you need more ideas or not sure about how affirmations work, our how to write and use affirmations post is super detailed and guides you step-by-step.
4. Listen To Some Music That You Like
It doesn’t have to be anything specific, just something you enjoy. Certain types of music work better than others, but experiment and see what works for you. Studies have shown that Classical music and new age music work best.
5. Take Some Time Out For Yourself
Relax and do something for yourself. Have a mini at home spa day, listen to your favorite music, take a warm bath, paint, read, go hiking, go biking, or cook your favorite dish.
Meditation is an excellent habit to develop. It will serve you in all that you do. If you have a hard time sitting still, then try some special meditation videos/music that coax your brain into the meditative state. Just search for “Meditation music” on Google or Youtube and explore or read our detailed post on how to meditate to relieve stress and anxiety.
7. Buy Flowers
Place them in a high-traffic area like the entryway to your home, on your kitchen table, or in the family’s sitting room. A recent study offers scientific proof that flowers provide happiness, surely a necessity for our emotional well-being. The simple step of purchasing flowers can quickly improve your own mood or someone else’s.
8. Set Attainable Goals
Start small and work on one task at a time. Set realistic, achievable goals daily; rather than tackling big-ticket items, break them down into smaller, more manageable units. Getting up and moving can help you start to feel better in itself. But, seeing your progress is key to helping you feel better.
9. Avoid Procrastination
Procrastination fuels depression. It can lead to added guilt, worry, and stress. Create a realistic to-do list, set deadlines, and manage your time properly. Establish short-term goals and focus on getting the most important things done first. Each task you complete will help you break through the habit of procrastination and promote a sense of accomplishment and self-efficacy.
10. Improve Your Sleep Schedule
Improving the quality and quantity of your sleep improves your overall mood. Getting adequate sleep is important for our physical well-being, mental acuity, and concentration.
11. Build a Support Net
Speak out to close friends or family, find online open discussion forums, online depression support groups, or co-workers. Stay connected to friends and family- it might help to let them know what you are experiencing and how they can help.
12. Let it Out & Let Go
Don't suppress your feelings and emotions. If you need to cry, shout, stump or vent do so where you feel comfortable. Make it a habit to write about your feelings and what you are experiencing. When you are happy, write about that, too.
13. Avoid Negative Thoughts
Don't focus on what went wrong instead find the many things that went right and recognize the good. Write down what was happy about the event or day. Then write down what went wrong. Realizing the attention you are giving to one thing may help you direct your thoughts away from the whole and to the individual pieces that were positive. Our outside work is simply a reflection of our inside world. Remember there is no reality just your perception of it. Use this truth to your advantage. Whenever you are sad, realize that it is all in your mind and you do have the power to change your perception.
14 Light Candles
The soft candlelight and the scent of essential oils burning can center your mind and allow you to feel calmer and more relaxed. Lighting a therapeutic candle can promote a sense of well-being and helps us to calm down and even achieve a meditative state. Try placing a candle in your bedroom or bathroom during a hot bath. However, make sure you avoid flammable objects and materials.
These tips will lift you up when you are down, but don’t just use them when you are sad. Try and practice them every day, make them a habit and implement them into your daily routine.
You will be surprised at how these simple exercises will keep the rainy days away. Our 21 self-improvement tips are also great tips to implement in your daily routine.
If you have been feeling out-of-sorts for an extended amount of time, you might consider taking a depression test or if you are not sure if you are depressed, there are several resources available on the internet which can help you recognize the symptoms of depression. There is a wonderful website called lexapro.com that offers a very good depression test which is in the form of a simple questionnaire. You will also find answers there to any questions you might have about the way you are feeling. Another good web resource is depression.com. Please keep in mind that if your depression test results lead you to believe that you are in fact suffering from depression, even with these tips you must make an appointment to see a doctor and get professional treatment. Through treatment, understanding, and the support of others, dealing with depression can be made substantially less difficult. Many who have suffered from depression go on to lead healthy, productive lives.
If you are or know someone who is suffering from depression that you can not seem to shake, seek help and please go see a doctor. There is nothing to be ashamed of. You shouldn't have to live in sadness so don't continue to let life pass you by. You are a valuable part of this world and you deserve to experience the same happiness as everyone else around you. This is your life, do not take any chances.