Sunday, May 27, 2018

7 Things To Do When You're Feeling Down

Feeling down? Yeah, I get it. I understand. Whether you're in a funk because you're recovering from a bad experience or for no reason, it can get annoying if you're just trying to feel better or happier. I made a list of things to do that help you get rid of this nagging feeling. Please note that different things work for different people. So, if you find something works for you that works and is not listed, please comment below so you can help more people get out of their bad mood!

Nevertheless, let's get on with it! Here are 7 things to do when you're feeling down!

1. Journal.

When I'm going through some emotional crisis, I always journal it out. Sometimes, I prefer this over venting to friends because there's no censorship and judgment. You can let out what's really on your mind even if you're embarrassed or ashamed to admit it out loud. I read on Psych Central that writing about your anger, sadness, and other painful emotions releases the intensity of your emotion. It also talks about how journaling can help you problem solve by engaging your right, or creative side, of your brain. Usually, we use the left-side of our brain - the logical side - but sometimes you need that creative kick to help you get to the solution that you need!

2. Feel it and cry.

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I know what you're thinking! Donna, I want to feel better, not cry! But this is a key to feeling better!  One of the counselors at my school explained that people think that any negative emotion they feel is uncomfortable, which is true, it is. People, generally, don't like being uncomfortable. That's why people avoid confronting or feeling their anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, or whatever it is. So, they just try to stuff it deep within. This causes a buildup of unresolved emotions that will result in years of therapy to resolve. So, set aside some time to let yourself feel it and/or cry and then pull yourself together so you can move on. 

3. Center yourself.


For me, being "centered" feels like I'm aligned and more at ease and calm. I'm less reactive and don't get worked up so easily. Centering yourself is taking a moment and slowing down your feelings of anxiety, stress, fear, etc. I find what works best for me is having alone time and/or meditating. By meditating or spending some time alone, you're getting away from all the chaos from around you and letting yourself have a quiet moment to yourself. Here's a how-to guide on how to meditate that is on the Gaiam website:

  • Sit or lie down comfortably.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Breathe naturally.
  • Focus your attention on your breath and how your body moves each time you breathe. If you find that your mind is wandering, go back to focusing on your breath.

There's a misconception that meditation is about thinking nothing, but it's really not. It's natural for us to think, that's one of the main functions of the brain. The trick about meditation is if you catch yourself thinking about other things, you just acknowledge the thought without judgment and redirect your attention back to your breath. Over time, you'll develop a sense of inner balance. But for now, it'll give you the benefit of taking a moment to relax and re-center yourself.

4. Do something you've always wanted to do.

There's nothing more satisfying and a better mood-booster than crossing something off your bucket list. It can be something small like going to buy those pair of shoes that you've been eyeing or something more extravagant like going skydiving. In the words of Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation, "Treat yourself!"

Side noteMy Bucket List: A Creative and Inspirational Journal for Ideas and Adventures is a great journal to write down your bucket list in! Inside, you can record when you completed it, who you did it with, and what lessons you learned crossing that off your bucket list. It keeps you organized and you can reflect back on your experience!

5. Hang out with people enjoy being with.

This is like a big duh, but I know there are those of you out there that will hang out with people just because they're there, and not because you actually enjoy their company. I used to do that, too because I felt like I had no one else. But, I found that it's better to just be by myself because I would sometimes feel drained after and didn't ever feel better than I did before. Sometimes, even worse. It was counterproductive and messing with my vibration. So, I made a list of the people whose company I actually enjoyed and made an effort to be around them. 

If you have trouble thinking about people, think outside of your typical circle of friends. Think of people that you don't really talk to as often but always have a good time hanging out with them and reach out to them. That person that you just met and liked their energy? Try hanging out with them. Worst case scenario, you don't like their company and just don't hang out with them again. Best case scenario, you guys will become friends and hang out with each other more often.

6. Take yourself out on a date.


You take people that you may or may not like on dates, but you don't take yourself on dates?! Someone who you're supposed to love? Trust me, you deserve it. Maybe you'll even discover how much you enjoy your own company. I know this might feel a little awkward at first since we're used to being with other people in public, but once you get past that stage, you'll find it rather refreshing. A couple of fun self-date ideas are:

  • The classic movie and dinner.
  • Taking yourself out for coffee.
  • Going to a museum.
  • Going to a spa.
  • Go to a bar.
  • Go to a bookstore and just get lost in the books.
  • People watch.

7. Take a walk out in nature.

Walking gives you a chances to appreciate nature more

This could be a date thing or you can do this with someone else, but I decided to make this its own separate thing because being out in nature has its own mental health benefits that I wanted you guys to know about! According to, Dr. Irina Wen said that being in nature reduces cognitive fatigue, stress and is helpful for depression and anxiety. There was also a 2010 study that found that those who walked in a natural landscape had lower blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who walked in a city landscape. And, mentions how the positive benefits of walking in nature can last up to 7 hours!

Have other ways to cheer yourself up? Share it down below in the comments!

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Feeling down? Read this post to get ideas to feel better. From walking out in nature and journaling this is a list of things to do when you're feeling down.

Feeling down? Read this post to get ideas to feel better. From walking out in nature and journaling this is a list of things to do when you're feeling down.

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