Everyone knows what it feels like to not feel like yourself. Whether you call it being in a funk, feeling down, or feeling blue we have all been there. Fortunately, these periods don’t last forever, and there are ways to shake yourself out of it and return to feeling like yourself. If you want to re-energize yourself, keeping reading to learn about five helpful strategies.
A healthy routine is one of the best ways to feel positive again. It’s also a great way to prevent feeling down in the first place. When you’re in a rut doing things like staying up late, eating junk food, and neglecting exercise will only make matters worse. While it’s difficult to get motivated when you’re down, think of how good you will feel in the future if you adopt healthy habits today. Pay attention to your diet and make a habit out of exercising. Habits like these will ensure that feel healthy and happy.
Leave Your Comfort Zone
If your energy levels feel low then it’s time to shake things up and leave your comfort zone. When people feel down they tend to stick with what’s familiar and more often than not that means hiding inside and watching television. Yet discomfort can be a great motivation tool. By putting yourself in unfamiliar situations, you expand your experience; you meet new people, and your learn more about yourself. In the process, there’s a high chance that you will also have some fun.
Helping others is one of the best ways to feel better about yourself and reduce stress. Numerous studies back this up. You don’t even have to volunteer a lot of your time to realize some benefit. Small gestures like holding the door are just as effective at reducing stress. In fact, one study found that “the more helpful behaviors performed each day, the higher the level of daily positive emotion and better overall mental health” (DiSalvo). However, it’s still a good idea to give back to your community through volunteering. Giving back will help you feel more grateful for the positive things you have in your life.
Get Out of the House
If you live in an area where the sun doesn’t shine as much during the winter, it’s understandable if you feel a bit down. Still, getting outside to breathe in the fresh air is a great strategy. Hiking and walking through parks are two easy activities that put you in touch with nature and can help revitalize you. There is something revitalizing about listening to the songs of birds or watching a river’s water flow. Science backs this up. Take a look at this article to learn how walking in nature can help you feel better.