There were times I found myself with others who weren't really that great to be around; sometimes I'd find it hard to get out of (or deal with) troublesome situations; I was stressed out by multiple factors...whatever the reason, it was hard to get out of the mindset that I was having, yet again, a shit day.
Out of sheer observance of others I found to be optimistic, I thought to myself "how awesome it would be to think like them." Feeling inspired (and simply wanting to do something about my mental health), I've learned ways to get myself out of that funk. I'm not an expert but feeling crappy constantly literally breaks you down physically. My knees hurt, I was gaining weight, I had headaches...the list goes on!
In no particular order, here are (8) things I do to instantly feel good and get myself back on track emotionally. I truly hope that I can inspire some of you to try these things if you want to to feel your best whenever you're feeling a little (or a lot) down!
1) Get moving
2) Take some "me" time
3) Treat yourself
Make yourself something you haven't had in a while or even try something new - an acai bowl, for example. Not only is it good but healthy too! If you don't feel like making that very thing you crave, go somewhere that makes some of your fave treats. It's not going to put a big dent in your wallet especially if it's a once-in-a-while deal.
Sometimes we treat our kids to frozen yogurt, a smoothie, a movie etc. We take opportunities like these to bond with them as well and we all genuinely have a good time.
4) Do something you ENJOY!
This is so important - keeping your creative juices flowing takes you to another level. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you're challenged to use the more creative side of your brain especially if you work in an industry where it may be technically-inclined.
Whether it's a side gig or hobby, many professionals I know have jobs they don't necessarily love so they have extracurriculars - photography, modeling, painting, etc. If you don't know where to begin, maybe sign up for a class in something you've always wanted to learn (I'm thinking of taking classes in photography myself) or maybe get involved in a book club.
5) Make an Effort to Look your Best
Before some of you get worked up about why I say this, I want to clarify that I'm not talking about plastic surgery or dressing in head-to-toe designer duds. I do feel that taking some time to groom yourself (whatever that may be to you) to help you feel confident, is an instant mood booster. For me, makeup is my "go-to" - not only do I love applying it, it makes me feel really good. No matter how little or as much as I have on, I feel like myself and I will make no excuses for it.
For some people, "looking their best" might entail having on an awesome outfit OR coloring their hair to cover their grays (or maybe just trying on a funky shade) OR maybe even shaping/maintaining their eyebrows or facial hair. Whatever you want to do to upkeep your appearance, go for it - chances are you'll feel on point and walk around with some kick-ass confidence!
6) Perform a Random Act of Kindness
I, myself, have done several things...for example, I sometimes pay for a person's order who's waiting behind me at the drive-thru; I've genuinely complimented a stranger (seeing their eyes light up gives me complete joy and some have even told me I've made their day); or I've helped older people cross the street. Just the other day, we caught our kids on camera shoveling the snow in our cul-de-sac so that our neighbors could drive in and out easily (granted they didn't do the whole block but it was their efforts that made us proud).
It's the little things like this that spreads love, respect, and camaraderie in our communities...a few things that aren't as prevalent nowadays if I'm being honest.
7) Phone a Friend
8) Make your BED
There have been a few times when I don't (I AM human!) and I notice a big difference. I come home and, if my bed is in disarray, I feel a little scatterbrained. It's all mental, sure, but just that one task as soon as I get up from bed, it seems to prepare me mentally.
I hope that you're able to use some of these tips to get yourself out of any funk! Sometimes we need it more often and that's completely okay - feeling good can be easily attainable and we shouldn't have to feel guilty about it.