I have a confession to make, I am not always happy. Yes, this site is intentionally positive and meant to be smile inducing. But, I have days where I cry uncontrollably, when it’s hard to get out of bed, where motivation can not be found, when I can’t find my car keys anywhere and am looking around the house frantically, and am therefore running 20 minutes late, only to find they are in my hand (true story)…days when life seems overwhelming.
Don’t we all?
So, I thought why not share a few ways to help alleviate those feeling down times…a few ways that help me cheer up.
Here you go.
Do something to cheer someone else up.
A lot of the times when I’m feeling down, it’s because I’m so wrapped up in my own world. No bueno. Take the focus off yourself and your problems, what’s making you sad, and do something for someone else. Send a friend some flowers, a funny card, or buy them that t-shirt they’ve been obsessing over. Volunteer, help out your neighbor, feed the homeless…you get the idea. It works like a charm.
Get off social media.
Yes, a blogger is telling you to do this. Comparison is the easiest thief of joy, and there is no easier way to compare your wardrobe, lunch, job, house, shoes, manicure, skin, hair or vacation location (or duration)…then social media. It’s all a highlight reel. I rant about it in more detail here.
Go for a walk
Simple things rock. It’s amazing how much a good 10-20 minute walk (sans phone or anything with a screen) can help you clear your mind, gain a new perspective, and step away for a while. Bonus points if that walk includes a dog.
Paint, draw, write, craft, or put those DIY pins to use. Realizing you have the ability to make something tangible is both empowering, stress reducing and…therapeutic. They call it art therapy for a reason. Why do you think I love to draw and paint so much? It makes me zone out and feel quite happy.
Embrace the fact that you aren’t perfect. And that that’s awesome.
Perfection is overrated. Flaws rock. It’s ok to strive to be excellent, but don’t freak out when you aren’t perfect. Or as Edwin Bliss said “The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.” …this is how I justify my lack of being able to have a clean house, or my bad driving.
Surf, or get in the water.
Maybe it’s just me, but just being in the water instantly makes me feel better. If you need a good cry, the tears and saltwater camouflage well together too. (Don’t live close to the water? Do something you loved doing as a kid.)
When in doubt, grab ice cream with a friend.
…Last week, one of my best pals and I got ice cream. Two old friends. Two waffle cones. A great chat/vent session. It helped. There’s something to be said about how happy something as simple as ice cream can make you. Which is a healthy thing (regardless of calories) in my world.
If it’s something big or small, the big guy above loves to hear from you, and always understands.
“God never wastes a hurt.”
“If he brought you to it, he will bring you through it.”
A few notes from readers inspired me to write this, so whoever it is out there that needs to smile, hang in there, and I hope this helps.
…and please feel free to share ways cheer up in the comments below.
Cheers to life and it’s ups and downs,