Wednesday, January 25, 2017

20 ways to help you keep going when you are feeling down

Here are 20 ways to help you keep going when you are feeling down.

There are some days that downright suck.  Life is hard.  Everything seems to go wrong. Unfortunately, those days can really knock you down and make it hard to get back up again.   

20 Ways to Help you Keep Going when you are Feeling Down

Healthy habits

When you are are taking good care of your body, you feel a lot better. These healthy habits include staying hydrated, getting good sleep, eating proper nutrition and getting exercise.  


Support groups

You can often find support groups in your area if you look on Meetup.com, facebook groups and websites like craigslist.  There are crafting groups, play date groups, mom groups, etc that you can attend to meet people with hobbies similar to your own.  Support groups are a great way to meet to people, increase your confidence and bring up your spirits. 


Quotes

Have you ever just gone to Pinterest or Instagram and searched Quotes?  When I am feeling blue, I love to do this search and often finding beautiful quotes and printables that help me to feel better. One of my favorites is the "Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle" printable from A Sparkle of Genius.


Phone call with a friend

Nothing heals the soul like a phone can with a friend.  Hearing how they are doing and having the opportunity to talk about your day with someone you trust goes a long way.


Family 

Kids do a good job and bringing a smile to my face.  Spending the time to read a book with them, play a game or decorate cookies helps to brighten a sad mood.


Bubble bath

This is one of my favorites and one I go-to often.  I love dimming the lights and taking a bubble bath. These are moments that you can just close your eyes, relax and focus only on things that make you happy!  


Time out/ Quiet time

Sometimes moms and dads need timeouts, too!  When things get hard, I like to put on a movie for my kids, lock my bedroom door and take 5 minutes just for myself! The quiet room really can be soothing.

Nap 

It is SO hard to keep it together when you are tired.  There is nothing wrong with taking a little time for a nap.  Even if you just have enough time for a power nap.  Taking a little snooze can give you more energy and a little boost for the day.  


Good cry

Sometimes you just NEED to cry.  We have all been there and NO ONE is judging.  I promise.  Some time life feels so out of control that you really need to ugly cry.  There is so much emotion in a good cry and sometimes letting the emotion out is just what you need to find control to keep going.  I love a good cry. 


Favorite movie

Do you have a favorite movie?  I have a few chick flicks on my list that when I am feeling down, I love to watch because they make me laugh and help to brighten my spirits.  Comedies are always fantastic for brightening a day.  


Good book

Books are amazing because they take you out of your, what feels like sad world, and takes you on an adventure.  You can go anywhere and be anything with a good book.


Affirmations

This is something that I just learned about recently and I LOVE!  Did you know that you can re-train your brain into positive thinking my speaking affirmations out loud!  You can say things like " I love and approve of myself", "I feel the love of those who are lot physically with me", "I focus on breathing and grounding myself", " I can be happy because I matter."  Say these out loud morning and night to help you feel happier.


Gratitude Journal

At the end of the day, take a moment to look back at the day and see everything you have to be grateful for.  Write these down and when you are feeling sad you can look back and see how much you are blessed with. 


Chocolate

Yep, I said it.  Chocolate makes me happy!  :) You can even bake your favorite cookie.  Nothing better than a hot, fresh out of the oven cookie and a glass of milk!


Hobby 

What are your hobbies? Do you have to sew, learn photography, paint or write? Think of a hobby you love to do and spend more time doing it. 


Music

Ooh, this is one of my favorites. I use music to calm my spirits, daily.  I have Pandora channels that I go to for different moods and music if fantastic in lifting your spirits and bringing joy.  I often listen to music when I am enjoying everything listed above!


Pets

Dogs are called mans best friend for a reason.  We have two dogs and sometimes, playing with your pet or taking them on a walk is just what the doctor ordered. 


Serving others

Isn't it amazing that when we take a moment to meet the needs of others, in return, our own needs seem to be met.  There is something special about taking the time to serve others.


Pamper Yourself

How about going to get your hair done or your nails done?  Often when you feel good about yourself, and have more confidence you are happier.  


Exercise

Exercise gives you more energy, makes you feel good, helps you lose weight, get in shape, improves your memory, de-stress and more.  There are so many reasons that exercise can take you from blue to NEW HAPPY YOU!

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