Do you ever feel down in the dumps for no reason? Learn these easy tips to overcome them right now and download the checklist to go with it!
It’s getting to that time of year now when the summer is nearly over and we have to get back to work. Whether you’re a student or work full time, we’ve enjoyed the summer and probably need to get back into gear.
For some, this can be harder said than done. Feeling the blues happens to the best of us. It can happen at any time, whether it’s summer or not. Sometimes we can’t even explain the reason why we feel down!
For those suffering from anxiety or another mental health issue, it can be particularly hard to overcome them. But honestly, everyone will feel down int eh dumps sometimes.
So, as we heard towards the end of August and into September, I thought now would be a good time to give you some really useful tips to beat the blues and overcome them. Whether you’re going back to school/work these are for you.
If you want a copy of these tips then make sure to get your download for free now:
Oh, and before you say it, you can always make time! Read my post on making time for a hobby if you don’t think you do!
Pick up a new hobby
Hobbies are activities that you enjoy doing. What better way to pick up your blues by getting started on a new hobby?
You know how it goes. We always say we’ll take up gardening or running or crafting. But how often do we actually do it? If you’re like me you’re probably going to say never, haha.
So I want you to use this post today as a way of motivating yourself.
Picking up a new hobby could be a really great way for you to start enjoying yourself. I know we all lead busy lives but giving yourself time to start a new hobby could be really good for you.
Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that even though you might have grand plans to do woodwork, writing a book, etc, keep it simple. The last thing I want you to feel is overwhelmed by your new hobby. Oftentimes we can get very excited by new projects but then they fizzle out.
Overwhelm is easily done so make sure you take one step at a time (read a recent blog post on keeping it simple) and spend a bit of time reflecting on your hobby too. You never know, this hobby might end up becoming a new business for you!
Cook up some homemade goodness
As you know, we are all very busy people. It’s so easy whacking something in the oven and leaving it for half an hour.
But what about your health?
If you want to beat your blues, why not cook up a really nice homemade meal that you can enjoy?
Not only will this be more healthy, you might get a sense of achievement once done. I know I do! Plus, you could always freeze the leftovers and take to work the next day.
My point is that spending time cooking can actually be really therapeutic. It allows you to focus on something for a length of time and have something to produce at the end of it. This’ll help you take your mind always from feeling down, and help to improve your health too.
Spend some time with your pets
It’s been scientifically proven that owning a pet can actually make you happier. Not only this, but it helps improve depression and anxiety if you suffer from them.
Here are some interesting facts for you (obtained from Helpguide.org):
- Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
- People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.
- Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
- Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
- Heart attack patients with dogs survive longer than those without.
- Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
How great are those facts?! Unfortunately, we aren’t allowed to have pets here due to our landlord not allowing them. But, there are ways around this!
If you don’t have pets of your own, consider looking after a friend/family member’s pet. Or you could pop down to your local shelter and offer to take some dogs on a walk. Maybe you could even volunteer there too?
The animals you visit will appreciate it and you’ll be doing a good deed (see below).
All of this will help improve your mood and make you feel good.
Do a good deed
As I mentioned above, doing a good deed will absolutely improve your mood. You know that fuzzy feeling after doing something for someone? That’s what I’m talking about.
Spending time doing good deeds not only improves your emotional health, it reduces stress too.
There is something great about doing something for someone else, rather than for you. I know I always tell you to be selfish sometimes, but keeping a good balance is key. Helping others out will actually help you out at the same time.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Volunteer at a local shelter for people/animals
- Help someone with their shopping
- Hold the door for someone
- Help mow someone’s lawn
- Teach something for free
- Do drinks runs for your colleagues at work
- Walk someone’s dog for them
- Start a blog (hehe)
- Be kind on the road to someone
As you can see, these are all such small acts of kindness but to someone else, they can really make their day. Things like this will really make someone smile and this definitely will improve you and your blues as well.
Relax a bit more
How often to you actually sit down and relax? As I mentioned above we are all busy people. But when do you actually do something for yourself? If you have children, a home and a job, you’re most likely spending a lot of time juggling them all.
I’d like to suggest something to you. I don’t want you to feel shocked at me saying it, either!
I want to you allocate time to relax. It can be any time of the day, just whenever suits you best. Shocked yet? You will be.
Now I want you to block out at least two hours.
For those who are busy all day, every day, this might seem difficult. But by readjusting your schedule will help you find time to relax.
Being stressed out is one way to feel down. Spending time relaxing will help you pick up your mood and give your body a much need rest.
You’ll thank me later!
Watch some funny videos
There’s nothing better than watching some funny videos. When was the last time you did that? Personally, I can’t even remember the last time I did it!
This is a really great way to quickly pick up your mood. Laughing at something will instantly pick you up, and if you are with others it;ll help them too. After all, laughter is contagious!
If you need any inspiration right now, here are some phrases to search for on Youtube to get you going:
- Funny cat videos
- funny animal videos
- Vine videos
- Funny fails
If you don’t fancy any of the above, search for your favourite comedian and watch some clips. You’ll no doubt feel better for it afterwards.
Don’t forget your free checklist:
Start a gratitude journal
This is something that I personally haven’t started yet (I don’t want to overwhelm myself either!) but I would definitely recommend. My CBT therapist has actually recommended it to me so I will definitely start one soon.
The idea is that you spend a little time per day recognising all the good things that have happened.
We spend a lot of time focusing on the negative that it can be actually quite difficult seeing the positive. This is a really great way to switch your brain-mode every day.
You don’t need a fancy notebook or anything to get started, you could just use your planner if you like. Just as long as it is adequate for your needs. Personally, I prefer paper. There’s something gratifying about getting it down on paper, plus it makes is harder to ignore!
I would suggest starting with a few things at a time. Maybe number your list 1-3 and start that way.
Think about all the good things that you have come across today. For example, for me, the sun is shining and there is no rain. I love seeing the sun and love how the garden looks. Another example could be that you are grateful for your partner being there for you at times of need.
Honestly, whatever you are grateful for right now, right it down. The more you do it, the easier it will become. Not only this but it’ll help lift your mood too.
Spend some alone time
I am an introvert. That means that I love spending time by myself. When I don’t get time by myself, I become irritable and, honestly, not pleasant to be around!
If you are the same, giving yourself a bit of ‘me’ time will do you all the good.
Some ideas could be:
- Read a book
- Listen to some music alone
- Do a bit of personal learning
- Do some adult colouring
Not only are hobbies great for beating the blues, spending time by yourself could help.
Now I know it sounds a bit contradictory, but for introverts, it can actually be a blessing in disguise! I know I have to spend time by myself sometimes to feel happier. If you’re the same, I’d recommend it.
Call up a friend/family member
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having a good old chat/moan to someone.
Pent-up feelings have to come out somehow and giving someone a call could really help.
You know when you just need to get something off your chest? Speak to someone about it. After all, carrying these thoughts on your shoulders can actually be hard work. Not only this, it can drag you down too.
So, the next time you’re feeling down/upset/angry about it, share it with someone. Most of the time the person on the receiving end will be glad to help. They might be able to offer you advice along the way.
Don’t want to talk to anyone right now?
If you’re a bit like me and find it hard speaking to someone about your feelings, you could instead write them down.
You could imagine you are talking to someone as you write, and this will help you process your thoughts. I know anxiety sufferers are more prone to this!
Unplug for a while
My final point is still an important one.
We spend so much time on the internet/computer that it could actually be damaging our health. I’ve actually done a bit of research on the topic!
Being on social media all day, every day can actually worsen your mental health. I know this because I have felt the effects of it myself.
How many times do you look on Instagram or Facebook and find everyone having such a great life? I know that what we see isn’t always the truth, but you can’t help comparing yourself to it.
Comparing yourself to others is one sure way to bring on the blues. It reminds you of everything that you don’t have rather than everything you do have right now.
If this is you, I would recommend spending a bit of time aways from your mobile/laptop/computer once in a while.
This is especially helpful before bed/when you wake up. It’ll help improve your sleeping patterns meaning you get a better night’s sleep, and stops you from comparing.
This will no doubt improve your health as well as your mood. Give it a go!
Phew. We made it! 2000 words of beating-the-blues-goodness.
As you can see, the list can go on and on. I’ve only covered a few ways so far! But whenever you are feeling a bit down in the dumps, grab your downloadable checklist and keep it handy. Bring it out at times of need. It’ll help!
How do you beat the blues? What advice would you recommend to someone feeling down right now? Let me know in the comments below!