Feeling blue? Feeling sad? It is okay, there are days when everyone feels sad or down. Sometimes we know the reason, while other times we can hardly point out why we are feeling this way. And it doesn’t matter!
What matters is that you get yourself out of this feeling and do things that make you happy. You do not need to go on a vacation to feel happy. Little things, like watching your favorite show or playing with your dog, can make you smile from ear to ear.
Remember that your happiness is your responsibility. Others can only guide you but if you aren’t doing anything about it, the feeling of sadness will not pass. So, try these things to instantly feel better and be happy.
1. Take a calming deep breath
Feeling sad or anxious? Then stop whatever you are doing and take a deep & calming breath. It will make you shift your mind to the present instead of focusing on the past or future. Try another breath and get comfortable. Do it until you feel a bit better.
2. Talk to a friend or family member
Talking to a loved one can always make us smile. It is instant, and it can also help you figure out why you are feeling so down. Maybe it is because you are lonely or some things are happening that are overwhelming you. Whatever the case is, pouring your heart out or having a casual conversation can do miracles.
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4. Take a walk in the nature
Walking can boost your mood within seconds. For that matter, any physical activity can make you feel relaxed. It decreases your pangs of sadness. However, when you feel down, what appeals to you is walking or even dancing. Not doing cardio or HIIT.
So, take a break, get your running shoes out and go for a walk around your block or in the garden. Even a ten-minute walk will enhance your mood, making you feel refreshed & rejuvenated.
5. Turn the music up a notch
Ah! Music is the best medicine for pain & sadness. Isn’t it? Listening to music is enjoyable, and no one can imagine their life without music. When you are sad, listening to upbeat or motivational music can boost your mood. The next time you feel sad, listen to your favorite rock music or any music with upbeat tunes. Sing along or better dance to those tunes.
6. Write things you are grateful about
Feeling sad or down is normal. However, when you don’t let go of that feeling, it turns into negativity, which can lead to depression or anxiety. That is why it is imperative that you don’t let this feeling of sadness settle in. The best way to do this is be grateful for all the blessings you have in your life. Thus, when feeling sad, get a notepad out and write at least three or five things you feel grateful for. Also, if you do this every day, you will start feeling more positive in your day-to-day life.
7. Eat something you like
Food can make you feel happy instantly. Baking a cake or ordering your favorite coffee is something you can do to make yourself feel better. Another point that we would like to add in this point is cooking.
Irrespective of whether you love to cook or not, try making something. When you cook or bake something, you feel so much better. Your thoughts are focused on creating a dish that you forget what is making you sad. It helps, and you can try coming out of it.
8. Watch something fun
Watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S always makes us laugh? What about you? When feeling sad, try watching a great sitcom or your favorite comedy movie.
One of the best ways to stop being sad and start being happy is to write down your feelings. When you feel down, let it all out. Write whatever you are feeling, whether it is negative or positive. Do not hold anything back. After journalizing, sit with the feelings. Try to analyze them and figure out how to make things better. The negative feelings that you have written burn them down. It will make you feel so much better.
10. Read a book
Words have healing power and when you read a book, you are lost in a different & unique world. So, the next time you feel sad or down, try reading your favorite book. Or pick any happy or self-help book and it will make you instantly better.
11. Retail therapy is awesome
Go to a vintage or thrift store or any store for that matter and buy anything. It could be something silly or something expensive or so. Just buy something that makes you happy when you look at it.
12. Get back to the present
Just switching thoughts will not help you. Analyzing your thoughts is important to feel better in the long run. When you feel sad, analyze your feelings, and then get back to the present. When you come back to the present, you stop replaying past moments and it can do wonders for your emotions.
Ending the article with this beautiful quote, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore. The littlest things can make us happy and disappear our sadness. So the next time you feel sad, use the above tips or do anything that makes you smile, and you will start feeling better.