We all feel down at some point in our lives. Especially when we feel like we are failing at something or that someone is better than us at something. These feelings, however normal, can break our spirit and make us not want to do more. Luckily, there are some things that you can do for yourself:
Get out of the bed
When we feel sad or despondent, we tend to stay in our beds, pyjamas and forget about the world that’s treating us so harshly. We watch TV or just try to sleep it off.
However, it’s not the world that’s putting these thoughts in your head, it’s you. So, get out of the bed and your comfy clothes, get dressed and you`ll see how your perspective starts to change. Wear your best outfit, put on some nice perfume, take a shower. All of these things play to your confidence and could be a major positivity boost.
Leave your comfort zone
Once you are dressed and ready, get out of your house. Take a walk, have some coffee in your favourite cafe, go shopping or just sit in the park. Contemplate your thoughts and your life. Look at the beauty around you and realize that it’s not a bad life, just a bad week or a bad month.
Focus on the positives. You can always work harder. Think of ways you can improve your life.
Split large tasks into milestones
We can get overwhelmed by a large number of tasks ahead. Too many items on a to-do list can seem so scary, right? Well then, reduce your to-do list. Sort your tasks and leave only the essentials. Those large tasks you can split into bite-size milestones, something you won’t be too overwhelmed doing.
Remember that there is always time to finish things - if the deadline for something wasn’t yesterday or isn’t tomorrow, you can definitely postpone it just a little, in favour of your mental health.
Celebrate every victory
“Each time you complete a milestone, celebrate it. Consider it a victory and not just something that happened. This doesn’t mean that you have to throw a party for 100 people every time you wash your dishes or clean your house, but rather have a cookie or a piece of cake every time you finish something. Give yourself a suitable reward for your actions,” says Helena Kelsey, an HR Manager at 1Day2Write and Britstudent.
Don’t waste your energy on things that don`t matter
There is only so much energy you can spare on small things. So, don’t waste your energy on things that don’t help you reach your goals. Especially, don`t waste your energy on people who just want to complain to you and give nothing in return.
Spend time on things that relax you, make you happy and help other people in a positive way. Don’t do anything you don’t feel like doing - your time on this planet is important and fleeting, there is no time for redundant actions.
There is possibly no better way to lift your mood up than spending time with people who make you feel good. For some, it`s family, for some its friends. You can do something together or simply talk with them and your mood could instantly be lighter and the world won’t seem so cruel any more.
Have some fun, laugh and enjoy your life. But make sure that you use this socializing time on people who matter and who truly care about your well-being.
You can even find a support group to talk to and share your thoughts with.
Sleep is pivotal in your life. If you don’t sleep enough, you would risk your mood worsening just because of that. Also, you should make the effort to sleep at the right time - go to sleep early and wake up early.
Find a routine that works
A good routine can help centre you and help you see your life from a different perspective. You can also feel more productive if you achieve things routinely, every day.
Have some me time
“Set out a few hours every day to have some time for yourself. Take a walk, run, do your nails, do your hair, go shopping, meditate, read or do something else that makes you happy and satisfied. This is crucial for later when you have to deal with problems or difficult work,” says Sofia Flores, a Personal Coach at Write My X and Australia2Write.
Staying active has continuously been a huge help to many people dealing with bad thoughts. Find the type of exercise that suits you, take some friends with you and have fun.
With these small activities, you can stay on top of your day and on top of your mood. Sometimes we all feel like we are not good enough. However, it’s how you get out of that mood that determines who you are. Hopefully, these tips will prove useful to you.