Woooah, it’s been a while! If you’ve been reading my blogs, you probably know that my last post was still last April. Time flies, – it’s been almost five months! And starting today, I’ll try to keep blogging again at least twice a month and share helpful tips and motivation on living life! 🙂
So now, I think about sharing some that you can do whenever you’re feeling down. I know that we are not perfect, that sometimes our emotions keep us rolling even if it’s not true; even if it’s just particularly on our mind.
There are problems in our work, in our family, in our relationships and there are times that you wake and up and see yourself in the mirror looking lonely, not well, but you couldn’t explain why. It happens. So whenever you feel down and you want to pick yourself up, here’s what you can do:
1. Stop and take a deep breath
Whatever’s running in your head right now, just stop and take some moment to take a deep breath. Take a long and slow breath. Inhale, exhale and get rid of all the pessimistic aura within yourself! It may sound simple, but try it and see how it can switch your mood!
2. Get up and move!
When was the last time you had an exercise – last week, last month, or last year? I know that you’re busy but remember that your body is a temple and you need to nourish it!
Move that body even in 20 minutes or so. You can have simple stretching, some sit-ups or jog outside. Let those endorphins upgrade and lift your mood today!
3. Think of happy moments!
Remember, that feeling is just within your mind. Why not think of the compliments you received from your work last week, a good tap from your boss, some good dinner with your friend and a happy conversation with your family?
Look around and there’s so much to be grateful!
4. Treat yourself, have a good meal!
Why not cook a great meal? It can be your favorite pasta, some seafood, or just simply a scoop of ice cream? Do you remember how eating simply creates joy with the whole family or friends?
It shifts a mood! And by the way, you can even do it even if you’re alone. If you haven’t tried it ever in your life, this is the time to experience, enjoy it and have some reflection.
5. Take a pause. Have a break!
Are you doing a report in the office even if you’re having a bad headache? Are you cramming with the deadlines? Whatever it is you’re doing right now, take a pause.
Sometimes, you just need to pause for a while and have at least fifteen minutes rest. Drink some water, talk to someone who thinks can help uplifts your spirit or just simply close your eyes.
6. Have a daily mantra
According to Kamal Ravikant, our thought loops are the paths in our minds created after numerous repetitions. The word ‘Mantra’ can be broken down into ‘man’ which means mind and ‘tra’ which means transport. Mantra is a mind instrument – a powerful sound or vibration that you can practice to enter your deep state.
According to Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley), when carefully chosen and used silently, mantras are said to have the ability to help alter your subconscious impulses, habits, and afflictions. Mantras, when spoken or chanted, direct the healing power!
Why not try these daily mantras:
- Just to be alive is a grand thing.
- I matter.
- I am thankful for everything I have.
- I am stronger than my excuses.
- I’ll release the things out of my control.
- There are blessings hidden everywhere; I will find them.
You can also try creating your own.
7. Write in your journal.
Do you have a journal? Have you tried writing on it? Say whatever you want to say, tell it in a piece of paper. Even if it’s bad, it’s okay, no one can read it anyway!
Try it and see how it can feel so free after putting whatever is it you’re feeling right now. It’s relieving, I’m sure because I’m always doing it!
You can also try writing a letter to yourself – a piece of advice, reflection or a promise.
8. Disconnect with the virtuals
Saw a friend’s promotion, new car, or your dream travel posted on Facebook?
Social media plays a vital role in our daily lives because we are now in the Internet age, but it can also give a negative impact. Depending on your personality, it can lead to comparing your life to others, can start to envy and becoming addictive in using it.
Though we search everything through the net, it’s still better to limit your usage and have a discipline. Try to set when to off your socials and live your real life and see how it can switch your mood! Plus you’ll discover how much work you can finish when you’re offline unless your work is a Social Media Manager or a Moderator!
9. Read or Watch Something Inspirational.
Instead of focusing on the negatives, try to focus on the other way around!
Read something that can motivate you: quotes, bible verses, or simply an encouragement message from your friend or your Mom. It may sound corny but it truly is effective!
You can also read books or watch inspiring movies and throw yourself to a different world as you imagine every single word or moment. See how it excites you!
10. Listen to upbeat music
Music and your mood are closely interrelated. Have you tried listening to sad music and suddenly become so emotional or you’ve listened to danceable music and you didn’t notice you’re already dancing?
Music can affect the way you feel so the next time you’re feeling sad, try listening to happy music and start to smile!
P.S. You can also listen to podcasts!
Ready to be great again?
Remember, whenever you’re feeling down, you always have two options: Keep doing and thinking about what you’re feeling right now or do something about it!
I hope these tips help you on whatever emotion you’re having right now.
And if you have some ideas, topics or anything you want to know or read, just put in the comment section and let’s pull into the next blog! 😀
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Daily Mantras example as seen on Organic Authority