Everybody gets a sad streak sometimes. After a long, rainy week of work it can be easy to find yourself in a slump of feeling uninspired, downhearted, and just negative. It happens to the best of us. If you’re not conscious of your thoughts and actions, you can wake up and realize that you’ve been stuck in that negative state of mind for weeks. Here are some tricks to help you out of that slump and get you back to feeling like yourself ASAP.
Know That It’s Normal
It’s okay to feel down sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with that, and sometimes you just have to embrace it and let the sadness run its course. But there’s no reason to let it linger longer than it needs to, though, or you run the risk of the sadness taking over. Get in touch with your thoughts and feelings to figure out just what’s got you feeling this way. Sometimes, it’s something you can work on. Other times, it’s just the effects of life. Either way, it’s totally normal. With a little mindfulness and effort, it will pass.
Put your mind to good use and do something creative that makes you happy. Whether it’s doodling, journaling, cooking, gardening, or whatever it is that you love, carve out a little time to do it. Creating something with your own two hands is gratifying beyond measure.
There’s no better way to cheer yourself up than to get something productive done, especially something that may have been nagging at you for a while. Pay that bill, start on that paper, or finally vacuum. Accomplishing something productive, no matter how small, will provide you with a sense of achievement and will be so rewarding.
It’s been proven that making others happy in turn makes you happy, so spread a little love. Compliment someone at work, thank someone you love, or call your mom or dad. If that isn’t cutting it, buy or make someone a little present. It may sound silly, but it will make you feel so good.
Rest and Recover
You might just need a day to yourself to do, well, nothing. If you can, try to set aside a day every month to put your phone down and take a nap, go for a walk, run a bath, read a book, or do whatever it is that relaxes and rejuvenates you. A little self-care goes a long way in rejuvenating you and bringing you back to a place of peace and happiness.