It can be really difficult to focus when you are dealing with worry, stress, or depression. Feeling down has a way of making us feel like we’re no longer in control. Out of no where, our insides feel like a mess. Many of our issues are escalated “in the moment,” but if we give them some time to settle, they actually don’t feel so awful anymore. In this day and age, we can find ourselves constantly bombarded by social media, cell phones, emails, and need it yesterday deadlines. In addition, we have our own hard wired internal distractions that keep us questioning and comparing ourselves to others and their accomplishments. With all this noise its no wonder we have periods of just plain feeling awful.
Fortunately there is something that we can can do about it. Today, I’m sharing five ways to feel good today!
Almost everything we feel bad about is either something that happened in the past or something that may or may not happen in the future. The only thing that’s making you feel bad in this moment is the fact that you’re thinking about the past or the future, rather than the right now. If something is weighing on your mind, it can be difficult to flush it out. Try this Mindfulness exercise: Name 5 things you see, 5 things you hear, 5 things you feel, and 5 things you can taste.
Feeling a little down in the dumps? It turns out that a modest exercise program — even just taking regular walks can improve your mood significantly.
Listen to Music
Put on something upbeat. Studies actually show that listening to music affects your mood, so as the saying goes, “fake it ’til you make it.” You might not feel like singing along, but it could improve how you’re feeling.
Think about the people in your life who encourage and support you—parents, leaders, teachers, grandparents, or friends. Take the time to call or text one of them and say how much you love or appreciate them. It’s even better if you talk face-to-face.
If you find your muscles getting tense and your mind wandering towards the negative, take a moment and press pause. You can do this anywhere-at your desk, at a meeting, or even on line at the bank. Start by taking three long breaths. Count to five during inhalation, pause for 2-3 seconds, and then count to five while you exhale.
Interested in learning more? Call January Turner LMHC @ Modern Therapy & Counseling (904) 392-1505