There are times in every person’s life when it seems impossible to have a positive outlook. A family member’s declining health, personal finances, relationship troubles, or career struggles can make the future seem uncertain and scary. Perhaps it is a combination of all of these things, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for the strange year that has been 2020.
Please understand that it’s perfectly normal to feel down when times are tough. The important thing to remember is that these negative emotions and feelings do not control your life. You are the only person that is in control, and you have the power to elevate your state of mind, mood, and outlook on the world. Whenever the world looks dim and you find yourself in a slump, use the following tips to gain control and boost your mood.
Acknowledge That You Feel Down:
The worst thing you can do for yourself when you’re in a slump is to ignore the fact that you are experiencing those feelings. When you accept everything as it is, you are able to flourish as a result. It’s a matter of shifting your way of thinking. Acknowledging what caused your slump changes your thinking from “I’m angry or depressed” to “This is why I feel the way I do.” Once you do that, allow yourself to take a deep breath. Then take a few more. This can help you overcome that emotional slump.
Various neurological studies have proven that exercise has a positive effect on your mood. Movement boosts endorphin production and gets those feel good hormones flowing throughout the body. According to a Harvard study, regular low-intensity exercise helps the brain make new connections over time. When you’re down and out, it’s easy to watch the world pass and slip into a state of depression. Don’t overthink your situation and just keep moving. Do an online HIIT class, practice yoga in the park, or simply walk around the neighborhood and you’ll find that your perspective changes.
Start A New Hobby:
Life gives you too many lemons to worry about not having lemonade. There is always a way to thrive and dig yourself out of a depressing moment. Focusing your attention and energy on a new hobby, or a past hobby that you previously gave up, is a healthy way to improve your self-esteem, confidence, mood, and overall well-being. Whether you decide to resume painting or start learning a new language, a hobby can do wonders for your mental health.
As the saying goes, “There’s no use in crying over spilled milk.” The reality is that you can always pout because something bad happened, but you can also clean up the mess. Since we are in the middle of a pandemic, it can be beneficial for your mental and physical health to get some cleaning done. Some people find that they get some of their most productive and detailed cleaning done when they are upset. Turn on your favorite music or listen to an audiobook or podcast while you scrub away your negative emotions, and the grime in your shower!
Write It Out:
Don’t ever bottle up your emotions and feelings because they’ll eat away at your being and cause pain and unhappiness. You have to let them free! Studies have shown that one of the best ways to release stress is to write things down. After releasing your negative feelings, it’s important to follow that up with things that you’re grateful for. Gratitude is the ultimate path to focusing on positivity.
Listen To Music:
Music is a powerful force, a universal language that can lift you up, bring you down, energize you, and get you out of your own head. Whether you are depressed, anxious, or upset, try listening to soothing or happy music to pull you out of your personal funk. One study found that listening to classical music for 10 minutes helped to improve the participants’ negative moods. Listening to other calming music helped to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels. Something you might want to consider is listening to calming music during meditation. You’ll elevate the mind and transition into a more peaceful, happy mood.