Sometimes all we need is a little pampering to help us feel better…” ― Charles M. Schulz
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All of us have those days when we lose our motivation and just feel bad about ourselves. Trust me, I have those days as well. In fact, I used to have a lot of such days where I would just sit on my couch crying feeling insecure and helpless. But by practicing different techniques, I found out a few ways to make myself feel better and I hope these tips will be helpful for you too.
All of us are different and have different thought processes, so maybe all of these might not work for you. However, the only way to find out what works for you is to try.
How to Feel better:
- Don’t discard your feelings:
It’s okay to feel sad, insecure, and all sorts of emotions. Don’t ignore any of your emotions rather see them as a signal that you are in need of something. Try to find out the reason behind such emotions and what is that you need to feel better.
“Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions.”
– C Terry Warner
The process of figuring out the reason/s behind your emotion is through self-reflection. Take a deep breath, stop, and start self-reflecting.
- Write down how you are feeling:
Grab a piece of paper and a pen, find a place away from distraction, and write down your thoughts. It doesn’t have to be structured, just write down whatever comes to your mind and how you are feeling.
Oftentimes, writing down will help you figure out about yourself and also release stress. It’s a good idea to journal every day.
Just a change of sight can lighten our mood. Take a walk outside in nature and notice small things like how the leaves are moving, and just appreciate those small moments.
According to Harvard Health, “Doing some exercise helps us to release stress and makes us feel better”. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore workout, even a simple stretching will help.
- Listen to music:
Music is proven to have the ability to alter chemicals in our brain. According to an article published on BBC, “ Listening to music can enhance our mood”.
- Dance on your own:
Play a song and just dance carefreely on your own. It is a wonderful alternative if you don’t want to exercise.
Hobbies are great stress relievers. I personally feel happy when I paint. Just doing what you love even small things like cleaning your room can instantly boost your mood.
- Eat your favorite food:
Nothing can give me as much pleasure as eating my favorite cake after a long time. All of us have that joyful food that we enjoy a lot.
- Catch up with closed ones:
We, humans, are social animals. Even though some of us may be introverts but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to socialize at all. Talking with someone who can truly understand us and feel close to can brighten our mood.
- Sleep well:
Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Sleep can have a huge impact on your mood.
Sometimes we don’t have the privilege to feel low at home. So below are some quick tips you can do if you are feeling low when you are outside for example in your office.
- Breathe: Do some quick breathing exercise. Breathing deeply is good for our overall health as well as a quick way to feel better and organized.
- Stand up: If taking a quick walk is not possible for you then consider standing up for a few minutes.
- Close your eyes and remember happy moments.
- Drink water: Drinking a glass of water makes a difference.
It’s okay to feel sad but don’t be trapped in it. It’s all in our brain, we can find ways to lighten our mood. Whenever you feel low take a break for yourself and practice self-care. Start by deep breathing and having a glass of water.