When times are hard
When times are hard t is difficult to redirect our attention. Where the mind goes the feelings are sure to follow. No worries! I am here to help. I have some really good news, stepping out of our funk can take as little as 2 minutes! You can do one or all of the activities listed below when you’re feeling blue. Self care is the best care!
Take time to center your mind on the here and now. Meditation is a good option for this. Personally, I take time to sit quietly and communicate with God. You can take this same method and attribute it to your personal lifestyle: prayer with a higher power, thinking on the good things in life, or close your eyes and focus on your breathing for 2 minutes. Whatever method of grounding you choose, know that the goal is to take your mind from worry or sadness to being thankful and lighthearted.
When I worked with kids I only viewed coloring as an activity for their growth. Through studying psychology I discovered that coloring is also beneficial for adults. Grab yourself a coloring book and experience the peace! Pro tip: colored pencils and a spiraled coloring book are the perfect combination for this! Confession, I never took interest in coloring as a youngin, so this has also been a lesson in staying within the lines. literally and figuratively! Nevertheless, the focus and relaxation from coloring with and without soft music playing in the background can do wonders for your mood. I’m a living witness!
Stretch it out
Whether you are a yogi or you’re rather stiff all around, a good stretch will help settle your mind and free your body. When things are bad, pull out a yoga mat or bath towel and try a few simple stretches like toe touches and child’s pose. Focus on your breathing while you are stretching out your muscles and releasing all your tension. Take about 2 to 10 minutes to experience the relief and alter your mood.
Phone a friend
Sometimes we simply need to get out of our own heads. Talking to a trusted friend or family member is a great way to have a mini escape. The best part is that you don’t even have to discuss what is bringing you down. You could invest in how they’re doing and extend some help their way. There’s a nice saying that is always mentioned during the holidays “it’s better to give than to receive.” This simple truth can be applied in our everyday life as well.
Write it out. I’ll be honest, it has taken a lot of work to get comfortable sharing my thoughts. Whether in a journal or even on my blog. Once I committed to a consistent habit of writing out my thoughts and feelings I felt more relieved in my day to day activities. When things are bad, writing it out is an important factor to avoid feeling knots in my stomach. Writing can be therapeutic as you lessen the feeling of burdening someone else and yet you still get the benefit of expressing your thoughts and emotions.
When Times are Hard, Give it a try
This is in now way an exhaustive list of what can be done to alleviate your mood. Leave a comment below to let me know what you do to make yourself feel better when things are not okay!