Sometimes we have moments in our life where we just feel a little down and out. It might be feelings of depression or anxiety, it might be that we just don’t know what is causing us to feel feelings of stress. Everyone can go through times in their lives where they just feel a little “blah” and not sure how to really combat the feeling or the best cause of action.
The thing to remember is that you are not alone in these feelings. We all get them and they are totally normal. Sometimes they can be brought on by experiences, sometimes it can be a medical reason like an imbalance of hormones or a side effect from other medication, and sometimes it can just be just what it is, a feeling, something you are experiencing at this moment.
However, if you are not the type of person to ride out the storm, and let’s face it, who is when it comes to things like this, then I wanted to share with you some of the things you can do to take more control of your feelings and hopefully start to feel better within yourself.
Change the way you think
The feelings you are experiencing right now, the stress, the depression and downess of it all, the anxiety maybe and the fast-paced heart rate, they really all stem from your thoughts and your mind. Your mind is telling you that you feel this way, it is giving your negative thought cycles that are causing the physical actions to manifest and become apparent to you.
Your mind is a powerful tool and it has full control on what you do and how you feel. So changing it will feel forced at first, especially as you try and create new habits of positive thinking. It can start off simply by changing any thought you have into a positive. As you start to break old habits and develop new ones, you may find that some of the physical symptoms of your thoughts like the depression and mood changes will start to disappear.
Things like meditation can really help with your thought process. It encourages you to let go of certain thoughts and focus on different things. It allows you to dismiss the chaos that can become quite apparent in your mind, especially if you are feeling negative. It will help you to create space for more actionable thoughts that are positive, helping you to move forward with your life.
Gratitude can also help with this and is another form of positive thinking, as you remind yourself of all the good things in life. Perhaps you are dwelling on a situation in the past that caused you pain and upset, but feel grateful for the experience and the lesson learned and you will then start to look at things in a new way.
Exercise is one of those things that we could all do with a bit more of, but actually it is amazing for your mental health. Medical professionals actually encourage you to try exercise as a form of relief to anxiety and depression, and it can work wonders. It might start by taking more active walks each day, perhaps a swimming trip here and there. It could develop into a passion for jogging or running or even other exercise options like aerobic classes or yoga.
Being more active can have a positive effect on your life, and it can certainly stop you feeling so stressed and upset about situations. In fact, some people have said that when they start to feel bad they simply go out for a run or get outside and the feeling slowly disappear and you gain new perspective and priorities. Worth a try isn’t it?
Look at your diet
Your diet can be another thing that can affect how you feel as people tend to comfort eat if they are feeling down. You want food that will satisfy you so reach out for the junk, the sugary snacks and the full on carbohydrates. This might feel good at the time but you suddenly start to feel the heavy effects of the food you have eaten, and in some cases it can make you feel worse.
Your diet needs to be balanced, and when you are feeling down drinking a smoothie filled with fruit or a big bowl of healthy food filled with protein and vegetables could be the natural remedy for your feelings.
Get in touch with a medical professional
Sometimes it is important to ensure that you do seek medical help if you are feeling low. Often a little bit of medical intervention in terms of therapy or just talking it out can make the world of difference. The moment you start to feel like it is beyond your control, call up your local doctors or health professionals, if they have a Medical Answering Service make sure you leave a message so that an appointment can be made for the future. Sometimes even just taking that action can help you feel more in control once again. It is all in the psychology.
Drink more water
Water is nature’s natural detox and is a miracle cure for most things. It can give you better skin tone, improve your mood and energy levels and help with your sleep. All of the things that you may need to improve in your life if you are feeling a little down and out. It sounds so simple, but sometimes the simplest of changes to your lifestyle can make the most difference. Drinking two liters of water each day could start to help you develop a healthier lifestyle in terms of your diet and wellbeing.
Place some focus on your wellbeing
Finally, place a little time and effort on your wellbeing. Have an early night, indulge in a nice warm bath and do something for you like read a book or a hobby. Making time for yourself enables you to step out of the rat race of life and just put some focus on yourself and how you feel. It could make the world of difference.
I hope that these tips help you to feel better when you are feeling a little low.