Feel Better Today
My previous post about 5 ways to feel better resonated with people who were kind enough to share additional practical strategies for elevating mood in tough times. (And a few not as practical because going to work after a bit of wine love isn’t the best idea for most people! At family dinners, though, go for it if you can!)
So, here are 5 of the suggestions to add to the list.
6. Exercise. I have no idea how I missed this the first time around. Of course, when all else fails and you’re in a blue mood, go for a walk. Outdoor is best but a mall will do in case of really bad weather. Run, play tennis, swim, whatever it is you can do to get those endorphins going, GO! A great choice includes blasting some music and rocking out your dance moves. (Especially if you have little kids around. They love to dance!)
7. Creative expression. I’m not surprised at the rise in sales of adult coloring books. (Get your mind out of the gutter, not that kind of adult books.) We need a release, a way to reach into the well of feeling and let it go. I have no talent but I took up mosaics this year and I love the feel of enveloping myself in the art of creating.
8. Sing Out, Louise! (A quote from the musical Gypsy.) Put on some music and sing along. You know you want to, especially in your car.
9. Cook something. The art of blending tastes and textures and doing it with warmth and then enjoying it all by eating with gusto is also very healing.
10. Close your eyes and breathe in and out. Take a moment (10 minutes would be better but sometimes you only have 1 moment to spare). So, close your eyes, bring to mind a scene you love and then feel your breath coming in and flowing out. Think of nothing else than your ability to breathe in and breathe out, slowly in and slowly out. If you can do this for a minute, you can calm yourself and lighten your mental load.
And, one bonus suggestion. If all else fails, phone a friend or loved one and just say, “I’m feeling blue.” Sometimes speaking that truth is all you need to let that mood go. My friend gave me this card for my birthday last week as she knew about some rough patches I was going through. It was a lovely gift to not have to pretend otherwise.
If you have other tips for getting through difficult times, please share and I’ll keep writing these posts. Together we can heal