Life isn’t always kind. It can take its toll and make us feel down and tired, and when that happens,we need to step back for a moment and reassess, and then work out how to make things better again. Sometimes all that is needed is to change one thing in our lives, and everything else will fall into place after that. Here are some ideas that can help you when life is starting to get on top of you; any one of these tips could be the ideal one for you, andthey could change everything for the better.
Make A Done List
Making a to-do list can be a good idea, as it means you will know exactly what is required of you and – ideally – what needs to be done first. However, a to-do list can also be somewhat overwhelming, and if you are already feeling down, just looking at all the things that need doing can make you feel even worse. A done list, on the other hand, can give you a much more positive outlook on the day. You will be able to see everything that you have achieved that day or week if you prefer and instead of feeling daunted by what is ahead, you’ll feel proud of all that you have done. This will spur you on to do more.
The tasks can be anything at all, big or small, as long as they make you feel as though you have achieved. Anything from walking the dog to completing a project to paying a bill or changing your sheets can and should be included on the list.
When the outside world is just too much due to a low mood, and the idea of seeing anyone or doing anything feels like the last thing you want to do, stay at home. Making yourself leave the house can be worse for you, causing a negative effect on your health and upping your anxiety levels. It’s true that your well-meaning friends and family might keep asking you to go out with them and do something fun, but you need to listen to how you are feeling and understand whether doing that would make you feel better or worse. Knowing that will help you to make the decision. You should never feel pressured into leaving the house if you would prefer to stay there to recover and think things through.
Just because you’re at home it doesn’t mean you won’t be doing anything; thanks to the internet, you can still work and interact with people. You can work on boosting your health at home, be that your mental or physical health. Look into resources online and find a diet plan that might work for you such as a hard boiled egg diet and research the best ways to exercise, and then start to get healthy. You can look at ways to redecorate your home and find out more about Feng Shui and whether it would help you. You can watch movies or do coloring or read a good book and relax. If you want to stay in and do nothing, however, that’s perfectly fine too – everyone recovers differently. Of course, if your symptoms persist then seeing a therapist or doctor can really help.
Create A Happy Box
When you’re feeling more like yourself, why not make yourself a happy box? All you need to do is find a box (cardboard or plastic is fine) or a bag, perhaps even a spare drawer in your home. Then you fill it with anything, and everything you can think of that makes you feel happy and encourages you to smile. It could be candies and chocolates, a favorite book, a new movie, soft pajamas, an old stuffed toy, bath salts, or perhaps a happiness journal filled with memories.
Hide the box away and don’t look at it until you really need it when you’re feeling down or unwell. When you see all the lovely things you tucked away for yourself, your mood should begin to brighten.
Give And Receive Compliments
Many people find it difficult to receive a compliment without then being self-derogatory, or completely disbelieving the person who is giving it. However, if you can train yourself to be able to accept a compliment when it is given, you will soon start to feel good about yourself and your life. You might even want to write down these kind words and keep them in a jar or box (perhaps even the happy box mentioned above) so that when you are feeling anxious, or you have lost some of your confidence, you can read them and remember.
It’s just as important to give compliments as it is to receive them. Other people may also be collecting these words for when they have a bad day, and even if they aren’t, kindness costs nothing and will make you feel better just for saying something nice.
Have A Good Cry
Crying is not a sign of weakness, and if you need to let your emotions out through your tears, then you should just go ahead and do it. Keeping all of your feelings bottled up inside you can adversely affect your health, keeping your blood pressure chronically high, or even causing you to lose or put on too much weight. So allowing yourself to cry and to really feel your emotions rather than keeping them all inside will make you feel much better afterward.
You don’t even have to cry in front of anyone if you don’t want to; the point is that you should let everything go and then start fresh feeling relieved and ready to deal with whatever problems happen to be facing you.
Get The Right Amount Of Good Sleep
There is a lot of scientific evidence that shows that when you get enough sleep on a regular basis, you will be healthier and more able to deal with the challenges that life throws at you. A chronic lack of sleep can lead to many different conditions including high blood pressure (which can cause strokes), obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart problems amongst others. If you get between seven and eight hours of sleep a night, you will awake feeling good. You’ll have more energy, and you will be able to focus more clearly on what needs to be done. Life will feel much better.