Life isn’t always vibrant. It’s completely normal to feel down sometimes, even for no reason at all. Don’t dwell on it; have a go at busting out of your funk with a few of these energising tricks.
Step back and self-reflect – Why do I feel like this? Is there something in particular that’s getting me down? What can I do to rectify this situation?
Do something for yourself – Paint your nails, get your eyebrows waxed, wash and style your hair, even get a massage or facial. There’s definitely truth behind the old saying “If you look good, you feel good”.
Reach out to someone – When we’re feeling down we’re naturally inclined to isolate ourselves when we should actually do the opposite. Spending time with your loved ones and friends is usually a pleasant distraction from our problems and they can usually say at least one thing to make us feel better.
Listen to music – Maybe you need to scream the lyrics to your favourite rock song to expel some angry energy or tune in to some chilled out instrumental beats to calm down. Either way, music will almost always put you in a better mood. I’ve got a go to album that I’ve turned to many times over the years when I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Surprisingly, when I listen to it now, I’m reminded of all the times that I thought I couldn’t get through and am strengthened by the knowledge that I made it.
Breathe – Try a deep breathing exercise and throw in a positive mantra to help.
Go for a walk – Nothing says “clear your head” like a scenic walk. Step away from what’s frustrating you and you’ll quite possibly return in a better frame of mind and feeling better equipped to tackle the task at hand.
Take a nap or go to bed early – Sometimes you just need to rest and recharge. Things are always better at the start of a new day.
Focus on the positives – Be grateful for what you have. You woke up today, there are clothes on your back and you have a roof over your head. Not everyone is as lucky as you are. We’re not suggesting that your problems are unfounded or that your feelings are invalid, we’re just trying to shift your thinking from bad to good.
Give – Kindness and good deeds are definitely mood-lifters and they most certainly get your mind off yourself for a while.
Check out your biological balance – Are you eating well? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you overdoing it with alcohol or processed foods?
Prioritise – Figure out what’s most important and don’t forget that leisure time can, in the end, be just as productive as work.
Ask for help – That’s what mums and friends are for…right?!?! Don’t suffer in silence; a solution could be right in front of you and you may just need fresh eyes to see it.
Laugh – Watch a funny movie or TV show. It’s contagious!
Cry – It might sound counterproductive but if you let it all out you might be able to move on quicker.
Fake it 'til you make it – Get dressed, put on your lipstick and get to that dinner you had planned. Force yourself to do it and, although it might be hard at first, you’ll probably feel better for it.
Have a matcha – Take the time to mindfully prepare your tea, latte or smoothie and allow yourself the “me time” required to consume it. The theanine in matcha is calming and the caffeine may just give you that boost you need to jump over whatever hurdle you face.