Some people have an easy time making friends and going to parties. But others, maybe have to improvise what to do to have fun more often than not.
As a result, boredom can make you feel a bit sad. So, many young people come up with the question: what to do when you are feeling blue?
Here are 7 ways to take action and stop feeling low.
1. Smile even if you don’t feel like it
You can do more than one activity on this list at once, and one of those things should definitely be to put a smile on your face. Why so?
Psychology says that smiling improves your mood — even if nothing, in particular, is making you smile.
You can try remembering something of your past that made you smile, or you can simply smile and take advantage of psychology.
Smile as many times as you need. I promise you that it works.
2. Text one of your friends
Socializing and feeling loved by others is paramount for an optimal mental state. Whenever we feel blue, we tend to think that nobody loves us or that we are worthless.
First, learn to recognize these negative thought patterns because they are lies. The difference is that when we are sad, we are more vulnerable to believing our minds.
And second, I encourage you to text one of your friends. You may think they don’t want to talk to you, but you’ll be surprised at how happy they’ll be.
Don’t isolate yourself in your house. Even though socializing can be complicated at times, it is healthy for you and will prevent you from feeling blue.
3. Go for a walk
Not all people handle being locked down well. We, humans, crave social interaction.
Even watching other people on the streets will make you feel better. Plus, you get the benefits of exercising, which I’ll cover later.
Talk with someone if you get the chance during your walk. Also, walking for at least 20 minutes under the sun also makes you happier, as sunlight releases happy chemicals in the brain.
4. Put some dance music on
If you have a bit of work to finish and can’t go out, you can cheer yourself up by playing some of your favorite songs.
Whether you had a fight with your couple or are just feeling stressed, happy songs will put a smile on your face.
I’ll recommend to you some of my favorite good-vibe songs:
- High Hopes – Panic! At The Disco
- Jump – Van Halen
- Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
- Maniac – Michael Sembello
- Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
Bare with me. I frequently listen to classical music.
5. Go to the gym
Lifting weights is the fastest way to improve your self-esteem — at least for a while. I recommend going to the gym in almost every blog post, and I might be starting to get obnoxious, but it simply has too many benefits.
If you constantly feel a little blue, pay for a gym membership. If you can’t, don’t worry, you can exercise without equipment at home or in the streets in 100 different ways.
Exercising releases serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine neurotransmitters in the brain that combat feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Additionally, regular exercise will improve your body shape and the way your skin looks, making you feel happier with yourself.
Although you can find excellent entertainment online, there are also too much news and daunting stuff on social media. You’ll rarely feel sunnier watching your phone’s screen.
You can take a 3-hour break or, even better, a 3-day break from Instagram/Twitter. Fret not, you’ve got this.
Likewise, you should rest a bit from video games too. They hack your brain’s reward system and can cause an addiction in the long term.
Combine one of the previous activities, such as taking a walk with turning off your phone, and your mood shall improve by at least 50 percent.
7. Stop buying into negative thoughts
Before feeling happy, you have to stop feeling unhappy. The first thing that worsens someone’s mood is ruminating over negative thoughts instead of saying no to them.
Whenever your mind tells you things that undermine your self-esteem, you must immediately stop buying into those thoughts. Remember this: your mind is not always right.
You can say a couple of affirmations if you’d like. I’ll give you some examples:
- I’m lovable the way I am
- I’m a strong person
- People love me just as I am
Once you take control of your reflections, you can apply your favorite of the previous methods to stop feeling blue.
Remember that feelings are temporary. It’s alright to not feel happy all the time
As a final thought, I wanted to tell you that it’s ok to not feel ok all the time. You might think this is a cliché, but understanding that everyone in the world feels a bit unhappy sometimes will allow you to improve your mood.
No feeling is final. You can do plenty of things to feel better, and don’t be ashamed to tell someone that you are feeling a bit sad today.
That person, for sure, has felt that way recently!
Also, remember that activities like lifting weights make you more confident in that moment. However, long-lasting results come after consistently going to the gym.
You’ve got this. It will pass.
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