Winter is coming, and that can bring up a lot of changes. It's not sunny anymore, things feel indifferent and cold. Seasonal affective sadness kicks in and you're left feeling inexplicably down. It doesn't make sense, and nobody will ever know how you feel, but that's okay.
Here are 10 things you can do when you're feeling down. One of them just might brighten your day.
1. Give yourself a compliment.
This is really hard for me. I don't like thinking about giving myself anything but grief, but in the event that I'm not really feeling like myself, or I need a little pick me up, I can always give myself a little compliment. I think it's better to use things that other people have said to you previously by someone else, that way you don't feel odd about it. If you believe someone else thinks you're awesome, you should feel it.
2. Watch your favorite movie.
You can't go wrong with your favorite films. Whenever I'm feeling out of place, or like I've lost myself all of my favorite things come into play. It's like a symphony of things that make me remember myself happy or excited. My favorite movie of all time is Fight Club and when I watch it, I remember who I am. Try this, and see if it can help.
3. Listen to your favorite band.
The importance of this can't be underestimated. There is not a sad time, or dark day in my life that I haven't kicked with the help of my favorite bands. Turn up their music loud and dance across the room if you have to. Things will get better. Let the music help you. You can never lose faith in it.
4. Get some inspiration.
All you need to do is log into Vingle and check out the amazing things being created on here every day. People on Vingle inspire me daily, and it's good to know that you can find anything you want if you look for it. Sometimes looking outside yourself is the best way to cheer up.
5. Get moving.
This is probably the last thing anyone wants to do when they're feeling down, but it's worth a shot. If you can convince yourself if only for a moment, to get up and walk, or run, or exercise, it'll boost your mood. Endorphins yo, they work. Honestly, this isn't my favorite thing on this list, but it can help. It just depends on what kind of person you are, or want to be.
6. Let Go of technology.
Getting offline can do wonders for your wellbeing and conscience. The truth is, we're connected nearly 24/7. We're always checking notifications, creating online lives to make our real ones feel better, and we're not living in the moment. When I get bogged down, it seems like the world isn't really listening. Part of that, is the fact that some social media stuff t ends to run my life. When I disconnect all of that fear and loathing falls away, and I'm just left with what I can control in the moment.
7. Reflect on the good things.
This can be hard too. In times of stress and confusion, we don't always want to create a happy bubble of compliments and accolades. In fact, when we get down, we're probably running from them. But if you sit back, and in the most objective way possible, look at yourself, what you've done, and what you can do to get better...you'll realize that you're in a lot better shape than you thought you were.
8. Eat your favorite meal.
This is just another one of those sensory things you can do to make yourself feel better. Who cares if it's unhealthy. Just do it. You only live once. Cook it up and have a nice dinner.
9. Have a laugh.
I've mentioned this before, but I think watching stand up routines on Netflix is a great way to regain that sense of playfulness we have with life. When we're down, we lose that. I think it's a good way to re-connect with something simple. Laughing is proven to boost mood and encourage a long life. So queue something up and have a good chuckle.
10. Understand that life is a series of ups and downs, and your downs don't last forever.
It'll all be okay. Just do some of these simple things, take a breath and make sure that you're not being too hard on yourself. Most of my unhappiness anyway is derived from my own insecurity. If we give ourselves a little bit more credit we will be able to get through anything.