Everyone feels down once in awhile. Whether you woke up in an off mood, had a bad day at work, or something truly devastating happened, you need to be able to lift yourself back up again. It helps to have a whole bag of coping tools to get back on track rather than just one or two. Some tricks will work better than others, depending on the day and situation.
Using positive affirmations is a great way to turn your mood around. Affirmations are upbeat proclamations said as if they are true, especially to replace self-defeating statements. For example, instead of saying, “I am broke,” replace it with, “more money comes to me every day.” Changing the negative thought into a positive one can make a huge difference. Steps to add power to your affirmations include:
Laughing is a powerful cure for what ails you. When you’re sad or down, you might not feel like guffawing, but give it a try. Ways to make yourself burst into chuckles include:
Kindness to Others
When you’re feeling down, one of the best ways to make yourself feel better is to do something nice for someone else. To lift yourself up, try one of these:
Going outside into nature can be healing. If you live near the ocean, a lake, the forest, or a field of wildflowers, you have some natural medicine within walking or driving distance. If you dwell in an urban area:
Write It Out
Another way to make yourself feel better is to write in a journal. You don’t have to let anyone else read it, but the act of writing can be extremely therapeutic. You can:
Stock up on a few coping tools to lift yourself up, so you’ll be ready next time you hit a bump. Happiness is within your control.