We all start feeling low from time to time. Whether it’s the rubbish weather, a life that’s simply overstuffed with things that need accomplishing, hormones or the general crap that life can sometimes throw at us.
There are many reasons for feeling low (or even depressed) and although I do have experience of depression, I’m not qualified to discuss all of them, or the clinical treatment you may or may not need. What I can do is tell you some of the things that work for me if I’m feeling low:
- Make a list
Sometimes depression can be linked to feelings of being overwhelmed. There are so many things that we ‘have’ to do every day, and it’s oh so easy to put things off to such a degree that we are completely swamped! All this ‘stuff’ can suffocate us, our brains become so overloaded that we feel incapable of forging our way forward and getting the ‘stuff’ done.Pick up a pice of paper and a pen and make a list of EVERYTHING that you need/want to achieve. Then start to prioritise, put the most pressing things at the top and work your way down to the things that bother you, but don’t really HAVE to be achieved immediately. Then start working your way through it. Don’t think about how many things are on your list, just work through it methodically and tick off each task as you achieve it (always a satisfying experience).The simple exercise of writing a list can be a relief in itself – you are beginning to take control. You can see the evidence of what needs doing and what has been done in front of you. And as those tasks get crossed of your mood will begin to lift.
- Get yourself outdoors
I’ve talked about the power of getting outside into nature in this post. But in a nutshell – do it! Make yourself get out into the fresh air. You’ll feel so much better for it.
I know the very last thing you want to do when you’re feeling low is exercise, but it really can lift your mood. If you’re following the above tip, simply go for a walk. You don’t have to push yourself to do a full on exercise routine – do whatever takes your fancy. Light exercise can be an immediate mood booster. Give it a try.
- Take care of your personal grooming
I know that all you want to do when you’re feeling low is lie around in your PJ’s. Believe me, I’ve been there. But it’s difficult to get out of funk town when your BO is actually causing some of the funk! Shower, wash your hair, clean your teeth. Take care of you 🙂
- Put on some music and dance
We all have a tune or two that gets our feet tapping. Whatever it is put it on, crank it up and dance. Let yourself get caught up in the beat, don’t think about anything other than the music. Dance like no-one is watching.
- Get it off your chest
You know the old adage, “A problem shared is a problem halved.” It hasn’t been around for hundreds of years for nothing – it works! A lot of us nurse our worries like fractious infants, holding them close to our chests. Refusing to share the burden because we believe that we are on our own, or we need to sort out our problems for ourselves. Sharing could be just what you need to clear the fog of depression. Talk to a friend, a family member, or a co-worker. If there is absolutely no-one you can turn to then try hotlines, or a professional or an online forum. There is always someone out there to talk to, always someone who is feeling the way you feel, always someone’s ear to bend – even if t’s virtually
I hope these 6 ways to improve your mood help. Let me know if you have any other tips for pulling yourself out of a bad mood in the comment.