We all go through times where we just feel down, tired and generally unhappy. Whether you’ve had a bad experience, or it’s just that time of the month, there’s a few things you can do to pick yourself up and feel happy again!
Exercise! I know, I know, you hate it… but bear with me. I used to hate exercising like a “God, no, please! Don’t make me!” type of hate. I started slow and every week I added a set or two to the time where now I easily spend around 40 mins daily exercising, and guess what? I look forward to it! Exercising has actually been proven scientifically to make you feel happier, as it helps release the “happy hormones” also known as endorphins. If you hate the gym, join a dancing class or just blast some music and dance around for 15-20 minutes! Exercising is not only great for your body but also for your mind.
Get outside! I’m lucky to call California my home, where the weather is beautiful pretty much year round. Now that the warm and drier months have arrived, you have no excuse to not take advantage and get outdoors. Go for a little walk or a picnic in the park or the beach! Nothing really beats fresh crisp air filling your lungs. Getting in touch with nature will immediately help you get in zen mode and improve your mood.
Take some time for “me”. We’re all living hectic, fast paced lives, where we sometimes forget to take some time for ourselves. Book a mani-pedi session, or cuddle up with a book in your bed. Some “me” time is important for you to be happy. Listen to your body and know when it needs to just sit back, take a bath and spend the day doing nothing but pampering!
Surround yourself with positive vibes. Whether it’s a bad relationship or a negative friendship, every once in a while you should re-evaluate things and see if you deserve better. Positive and happy people will lift your spirit up. So when you’re feeling down, call up that person that always makes you laugh and spend some time with them. It’s simple; negative people will bring you down and positive people lift you up!
Get a hobby. Finding something that your passionate about will not only help keep your mind off what’s bringing you down, but it’s also a great way to feel more fulfilled. Try cooking with your partner at home or joining a painting class, just find what your passionate about and make it your hobby. You don’t have to excel at it, heck you can even suck at it, it’s all just for fun!
I hope you find this post helpful and always remember happiness comes from within. We choose what affects us and what doesn’t. There’s always light at the end of every tunnel, and I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Even the lowest parts of my past have helped me get where I am today, and I’m grateful for that.
Keep smiling and soldier on!