Everyone has their good days and bad days too; days when they feel like they can take over the world and days when hiding under the blanket seems to be the only answer. I’m not referring to clinical depression because that’s a totally different situation. Rather, I’m referring to days when we’re just not happy.

I suspect that everyone has their own personal ways of dealing with their down days and I thought that I would share some of the things that I do to help myself to feel better:

Step back and reflect on the situation

I admit it. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in a situation that I over-react and can’t see myself clear to a solution. I find that the best thing to do when that occurs is for me to eliminate the emotion and stress of the moment and contemplate the “big” picture. When I put things into perspective I find that I almost always feel better. Remember that some things aren’t really worth getting upset about.

Do something that makes you feel good

We’re all different and find pleasure in different things. I know there are people that go out for a jog when they are feeling down (not me!) and others that put on headphones and listen to music. They key is to indulge, but not over indulge, in something that makes you feel good and can get you past this period when you feel down.

Take a nap

Sleep is very restorative and a nap is often an effective antidote to feeling down. A short 20-minute nap can return you to a more stable frame of mind and give you the “distance” that you need in order to feel better. And while we’re at it, getting a good night’s sleep is pretty much mandatory for optimum mental and physical wellbeing.

Laugh

Watch a funny movie or some videos on YouTube. It’s an easy enough thing to do today with movies on demand and an overwhelming amount of humorous videos just there for the asking. Laughing helps to relieve tension and aggravation.

Eat a great meal

A scrumptious meal makes most everyone feel better. Cook it yourself or go out to a restaurant. Go with a friend or family member or by yourself but savor every mouthful and watch yourself start to feel better.

What about you?  No one is happy 100% of the time so what makes you feel better when you are down? Share with me and I’ll be happy to post your ideas.