There are days when the world’s just so full of negative energy that we can’t help but feel blue. But that’s why you’re here – this article is specifically made for those days.
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.” – Rocky Balboa
The good news is, there are two things we can do to cope with these negative emotions.
You can either keep yourself preoccupied with other things or you can try to focus on the positive things around you.
Let’s expand these options by talking about the things you can do when you’re feeling blue.
1. Pause and Reflect
Things don’t always go according to plan, but that doesn’t mean you should let it bring you down. And there’s an easy way for you to do this – that’s by taking the time to pause and reflect.
When you look at things from a different perspective, you’ll tend to look at things objectively. And when you look at things objectively, you’ll be able to realize that the “things” that are happening to you are simply temporary.
Pause and reflect, breathe in positive energy and breathe out toxic energy, and simply choose to be happy.
2. Accept The Things You Can’t Control
Bad things happen – even to the best of people and we simply have to accept it.
The universe can take everything from you: your house, your car, or even your life. That’s just how it is.
We can’t be afraid of that forever.
We can only control the way we react to these situations. Lost your house? Rent. Lost your car? Buy a bike. Work your way through it. Believe that you can get back up.
Be like a spring that’s being stepped on by something so heavy, that when it’s gone you’ll be thrown waaaay up, to the point that you may even reach the stars.
3. Meet Up With Your Friends
When the world hasn’t been on your side, always remember that you are not alone. There are people who will always be there to lift your spirits up when you’re feeling down.
‘And who are these people?’ Your friends.
Through good times and bad, your friends will always be there for you – to give you a shoulder to cry on or a helping hand.
So, go and hang out with your friends! Reminisce about all the good memories you’ve shared with them over the years and just relish in that happy moment.
Even a simple talk over a cup of coffee can make a huge difference.
4. Play With a Pet
If you’ve ever had a pet, then you would know that playing with your pet is one of the best ways to get rid of the blues.
Research shows that when you hug or play with your beloved creatures, it can help you let go of all the negative emotions that you’re feeling and brighten up your day.
I mean, who doesn’t love cuddling with a fluffy puppy? I know I do!
5. Give Yourself Credit
When you feel blue, think about all the accomplishments you’ve had in the last few days. Think about the people you’ve helped, or the awesome job you did at work, or the special things you’ve done for your family and friends.
Give yourself credit and celebrate.
Treat yourself to a fancy meal, buy a new phone, or give yourself a break. Celebrate the little achievements or improvements you’ve made and you’ll definitely improve your mood. Remember, happiness is a state of mind. If you think about the positive things in your life, you’ll stay positive!
Maintain a healthy relationship with yourself by celebrating and simply enjoying your life. 🙂
6. Get Some Fresh Air
Did you know that the air we breathe actually has microbes that can help improve a person’s mood?
Time for a quick science lesson!
According to scientists, there is a microbe in soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that is proven to improve the mood of a person. Although it was first tested as a cure for cancer, it was later proven to reduce levels of stress and anxiety and elevate a person’s mood.
Now, go outside, take a deep breath of fresh air, and let the microbes do their magic.
7. Write in a Journal
Writing in a journal can be very therapeutic.
It may sound old school, but a journal always comes in handy when you want to vent out your frustrations in life.
All you need to do is take a few minutes out of your day and just write. If you don’t know where to start, just write. Express yourself. Let go of anything that is bothering you or keeping you down.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders.
8. Read Inspirational Quotes and Books, and Watch Motivational Videos
Some people would love to go outside when they’re feeling down, but #8 isn’t really for them. This is for those of us who love to stay at home.
You see, feeling down can be hard for us. We like to be alone. And that’s why people call us “the introverts.”
If you’re like this too, then you can try productive procrastination like reading something inspirational, watching something motivational, or doing the things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the time to do so.
Here’s a start: 10 Inspiring quotes from Kanye West that you should know about
9. Hug Your Loved Ones
According to studies, a human being needs at least 8 hugs per day in order to regulate their heart rate and blood pressure. These hugs would send messages to nerve receptors that will make us feel good. Hug your loved ones now and be happier.
10. Do Something Spontaneous
Do something that’s out of your comfort zone. Book a vacation, go on a road trip, or meet up with your family members – do whatever you want, just do it NOW!
Doing something spontaneous is a great way to distract yourself from feeling down. But of course, there are some exceptions.
For example, say you want to book a trip to New York. Who wouldn’t want to go there? It’s the city that never sleeps!
But that place is just too expensive, you know?
The thought of going there just excites you, but when you actually reach that place, you’d be shocked by the prices. So if you’re planning to travel, always know what you need to prepare.
Note: You can always go to budget-friendly countries.
Not the type to do spontaneous things? No worries. You can always set up daily habits or routines to distract yourself from being down.
So that’s it! These are the TOP 10 things you can do whenever you feel blue.
Remember, no matter how dark your day gets, know that you can always look on the brighter side of things.