It pains me to say that over the last few years, I have experienced some very low moments, some of which I couldn’t see a way out of. The upside of this is that I managed to get through these trying times, pick myself up, move forward and learn some new skills.
When it comes to pick me ups, it’s easy to turn to a quick fix like shopping. I found this to be not only expensive but it added to my stress levels in the long run.
I therefore put together these five practices which have really helped me to get a lasting remedy for those down days.
Find out the root cause of your feelings. Many times when I find myself feeling very low, there’s an underlying reason. For instance I haven’t achieved my goals for the day or I have spent beyond my budget.
Also, remind yourself of God’s goodness, his love and purpose for you.
2. Let it out
Speak to a friend, family member or partner about how you’re feeling. Venting your frustrations to someone else will help you get to the root of cause of those low feelings and also provide you with a much needed outlet.
Many times when I speak to someone, I feel stronger and I’m reminded that I’m not alone.
3. Do something you enjoy
Remind yourself of your hobbies. Sing, write, draw, take photos, cook, etc. Doing something enjoyable will cheer you up and help you get out of your slump.
4. Get organised
I love clearing out my closet when I’m upset. It helps me to be ruthless when it comes to getting rid of clothing items I would otherwise be too sentimental to get rid of.
Clear out your closets, sort through your documents and books, check your list of goals for the year and check off what you’ve accomplished and plan to accomplish those you haven’t.
Remember, an organised room is a sign of an organised mind.
5. Dress up and go out
Make an effort to dress purposefully. Pick out an outfit you love, accessorise and do your make-up even if it’s just filling in your eyebrows and wearing some lipstick.
And then, get out of the house even if it’s just for a walk. I started taking my daughter to the playground in the evenings and I found that a little fresh air, particularly when I’m feeling down, really helps to cheer me up.
What other things do you do when you’re feeling down?
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