18 Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling Blue
Everyone has those down moments, when they’re stuck in the muck and can’t quite get out. If you’re feeling blue, try one of these (or all of them!) to help you get back to happy.
- Smile. It sounds stupid, but your brain connects smiling to happy feel-good hormones, and your brain can’t tell that you’re lying.
- Go for a walk. Your brain connects physical movement to endorphins, which raise your mood. Plus you can see pretty things.
- Call a friend. You can catch up and take your mind off things.
- Do something for a family member. Doing something for others, without expecting anything in return, boosts your mood (and takes your mind off things).
- Splurge (a little). Go buy some ice cream, or buy a DVD, or a shirt that’s on sale that you want. Don’t go overboard, but sometimes treating ourselves helps.
- Cry. Yep, just let it out. Your emotions will feel spent soon afterwards, and you can go back to “normal.”
- Cook. Feeding your body feeds your mind, too. When you put quality food into your body, the chemical composition changes to make you healthier.
- Take a nap. Don’t go overboard with this. Just take a nap because sometimes, when we’re tired, it makes us less than happy.
- Read. Even if you’re not a big reader, pick up something (even a blog) and just read for 20-30 minutes. Don’t read anything that amplifies negative emotions, though.
- Journal. Write in a journal, get it all out, and focus more on following your thoughts than making it perfect or well written. This free writing can help you “brain dump,” so you feel less burdened by your thoughts.
- Swim. If you don’t know how to swim, maybe skip this step. Floating in water, whether a pool, hot tub, or even a bath tub, is relaxing and your body will appreciate the relief from constant gravity.
- Put on a movie. Or go out and see a movie. Sometimes, escapism is the best bet.
- Pamper yourself. If you want to paint your nails, get a hair cut, have a facial, have a massage, etc., pamper yourself (within budget).
- Take a sick day. Don’t abuse this one, either. But some days, work is just too much to face on top of everything else you got going on.
- Watch cat videos. Who isn’t cheered up by a bunch of adorable cat videos on YouTube?
- Play with your pets. Or borrow someone else’s. Pets have been proven to reduce stress and increase happiness.
- Meditate. Even if you’ve never done it before, try sitting in a quiet room with your eyes closed for 10 minutes. Just focus on breathing and don’t focus on any one specific thought.
- Feel it. Whatever you’re feeling, let it happen. Stop trying to fight it, and stop trying to run from it; it always catches up.