It’s easy to find yourself in a funk. In fact, it is extraordinarily difficult not to feel sad every once in a while. What can be hard to do is making yourself feel better or even stopping yourself from being grumpy in the first place. As one who is prone to a fair bit of moping, I have developed a list of ten things to stop myself from getting sad in the first place. Here is that list.
1. Accept that compliment! If someone praises you for something about yourself, you do not have to disagree with it. In fact, for most, it’s frustrating to hear another reject a compliment or explain why they are not worthy of it. Accepting compliments will not only make you seem more genuine and appreciative, it will make you feel better too!
2. Try to go offline every so often. There are countless studies out there that suggest social media have a negative effect on our mental health. What harm could the occasional internet detox do?
3. Start going to bed and getting up earlier. An early morning can help you do achieve lots while still having most of the day left over for relaxing and enjoying yourself. And a good night’s sleep can make all the difference when it comes to making you feel good.
4. Whenever you are having bad thoughts about yourself, use Amy Poehler’s ‘Friend Rule’. We can be so cruel about ourselves in ways that we would never dare to be towards our worst enemies. At the end of the day, you are your own best friend. Poehler says
“Sticking up for ourselves in the same way we would one of our friends is a hard but satisfying thing to do. Sometimes it works.”
5. Go on a walk to clear your head. Seriously, no one ever regrets going for a walk. Whether you want to pump out some chunes on your iPod or just take in all the sounds around you, getting out for some fresh air is one of the best things you can do to boost your mood.
6. Work on making some healthy eats to snack on. Swapping junk food for something a little more nutritious can work wonders on your mental health as well as your physical well-being too. On that note, drinking lots of water can have an equally positive impact on your mood!
7. Go and hang out on your own. There is something strangely nice about taking a day out for yourself. Go into town and get a coffee or lunch. Most of the time, when you have to hang out on your own it’s because you’re running errands. Actually taking the time out to chill tout seul can be very relaxing and pleasant. It’s important to get to know yourself.
8. Clean or redecorate your room. There are few things more satisfying than cleaning your room and no one can deny that!
9. Read something. It doesn’t have to be a book either. I personally love getting into a good novel but I won’t be that asshole who tells you you’re lesser if that’s not your thing. And besides, forcing yourself to do something you do not enjoy is the last way to get happier. Whether you read a novel, a recipe book or just binge through every article on Buzzfeed, reading can provide a means to cheer up if ever you are feeling down.
10. Take a bath. Indulge in some fancy ass Lush treats and soak in the tub for an hour. What could be better??
And if none of that works, call up a friend or google some baby animals. Those are fab too!