No matter how positive you may be on a day-to-day basis, we all go through times when we feel low. You may have just come out of a relationship, lost your job or just generally feel overwhelmed by daily stress. During these times, it can be difficult not to get dragged down – but no matter how tempting it may be to hide under the covers for a few days, there are things you can try to make yourself feel better.
Surround yourself with things that make you happy
Compose a list of things that boost your mood and surround yourself with them. If you love music – listen to uplifting tunes. If you feel most content when you’re in nature – go out for a walk in the country. Whatever it is that makes you grin from ear to ear – try to incorporate it into your day.
Count your blessings
When you feel low, it can be all too easy to think about everything that’s wrong with your life. This way of thinking will only drag you down – so instead, try to occupy your thoughts with everything that’s right with your life. Focus on what you are lucky enough to have to help pull you out of your low mood.
Work towards a goal
Having a sense of accomplishment can do wonders for your well-being. So while now may not feel like the best time to kick-start a project, setting yourself a goal will give you something to work towards. It could be that you want to run a marathon, learn to paint or even bake your own bread. Whatever your goal, having something to strive for should help you feel more optimistic.
Eat nutritious food
It may be tempting to indulge in comfort foods when you’re feeling low, but foods that are high in fat and sugar are likely to make you feel sluggish and anxious. Instead look to eat mood-boosting foods like berries, fish and nuts.
Sometimes keeping our feelings bottled up is what leads to low moods. Try venting your feelings to a friend or loved one and see if they can offer any advice. If you feel you can’t talk to someone you know, consider talking to someone who is unbiased such as a counsellor.