Pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Easier said than done. When I’m “down” I often just want to wallow in my misery, lick my wounds and feel sorry for myself. It’s easier just to brood.
There are, however, easy things to do that actually alter your brain neurochemistry to help you feel better . When you get tired of brooding:
1. Go for a Walk outside.
2. Vent Your Frustrations Into a Journal
Get paper and pen and write whatever comes to your mind, and no matter what it is, just keep writing. Even if it’s just, “This is stupid. Why am I doing this? Need to take out the garbage,” Focus on your frustrations. Write for a minimum of 20 minutes so your unconscious takes over. Once you’ve done a mind-dump your brain can move on .
3. Call a Friend or Family Member
You may not want to burden anyone else with your bad mood but sometimes a friend or family member is needed . Let them know up front you don’t need advice just a listening ear. It helps you feel not so alone, lets your brain “objectively observe” whatever is stressing you . . . and knowing there are people who care can help shift your perspective.
4. Practice Gratitude
A simple way to stop feeling sorry for yourself and dwelling on everything that is going wrong is to focus on what is going right. Write down 3-5 things in your life, or on that day, that you are grateful for. . . . look for things you take for granted: indoor plumbing, no toenail fungus (that is, of course if you have indoor plumbing and toenails) . . . the more you practice gratitude, the more you experience it.
5. Laugh Out Loud in Front of a Mirror
This sounds a bit weird BUT your laugh muscles signal the brain to release positive neurochemicals. Even if you just smile broadly it works.
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