We all have days when we feel like everything is wrong. Despite our best efforts we still feel blue. How can we deal with that? I consider myself a fairly positive person but I also have days when I just can’t function, everything is too much trouble and events that are normally shrugged off take on greater significance. The first thing to realise is that is perfectly normal to feel this way and “the blues” generally only last a day or two. This “short-term” depressive feeling can be brought on by the seasons, anniversaries of significant events or overwork , a lack of exercise or an unhealthy diet. It maybe you are just having a bad day and feel moody for no particular reason. When it has happened to me, I have usually followed the following guidelines and they help considerably….
1. Take some exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to raise our spirits and release endorphins. It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but getting up and doing some exercise will help, even if it is a walk around the block.
2. Get out in the fresh air
If you can incorporate this with Point 1, even better! Fresh air and a change of scenery helps take us out of minds and into the present moment. A walk in nature can help enormously.
3. Talk to someone
Sometimes we need to let off steam. If you have a friendly ear you can borrow, do that. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it. You can reciprocate for that person when they need it too.
4. Watch a good movie
Sometimes we have tried everything and all there is for it is to curl up under a blanket and watch a good movie. A good comedy always helps me! Laughter really is the best medicine.
5. Know that “this too will pass”
This is a great quote and a powerful thing to remind ourselves of when we are having a bad day. “This too will pass.” Remind yourself of that, write it down and repeat as necessary!
When all else fails, know that tomorrow is another day and there is a good chance you will wake up the next day feeling better! If symptoms persist, then consult your doctor.