Updated: Sep 3, 2020
In our day to day lives, we face many challenges and situations which can make us uncomfortable or affect our mood. When we fail to achieve something, when we fight with someone or if we lose something. While on the other hand, some days are sad. You feel low because of no reason at all, you just want to stay alone and start thinking about everything bad that is going on in your life. One thought leads to many other thoughts that can bring us down, we stoop to a level where we feel like a loser.
During this time, whatever people say to make you happy, you just can’t focus on their words. Now two things happen: One, you will not understand what others are saying because your thoughts are too strong. Negative emotions have a weird but strong power to trap us into them. Because the reason for your low mood has now turned into a cluster of events that were in the back of your mind, it makes the process harder. When too many thoughts affect us, it becomes difficult to come out of them.
Second, in such a situation, we need to remember that everyone faces similar hardships. They might not be exactly like yours but equally difficult and painful. We need to find a reason, a person, a thought, inspiration or anything in our environment which can become our light in the time of darkness.
There are some things that you can try when you are feeling down:
1. Sleep and mood are closely related. It has been found that by Taking Nap, we can feel refreshed and charged. While sleeping our body goes through many stages like muscle relaxation, breathing increases and REM stage enhances learning, memory, and emotional health. A well rested mind can function clearly and peacefully.
2. For treating various disorders, psychologists recommend exercise as one of the methods to deal with them. While Working Out, our body releases certain hormones (serotonin) that can improve our mood and self esteem.
3. The type of food we eat can have an impact on our physical and mental health both. Healthy food can improve our mood, stamina and makes our thoughts clearer. Some of the food items which can help to uplift your mood are yogurt, berries, salmon, eggs, walnuts, leafy vegetables, beans. When we Cook for ourselves we feel calm and organised. We do everything on our own, which gives us a sense of power. And the whole process helps us to clear our mind and feel at ease.
4.Staying hydrated is important. It is found that Water has calming properties. It can help when you are under stress, it improves our attention and helps to get rid of toxins in the body.
5.Dance is used as a therapeutic method for many disorders. It helps to boost energy and mood. It helps us to loosen up and face the fear of performing in front of others. Dancing also helps us to express ourselves constructively. Every move, every session calms our nerves and muscles.
6.Sunlight is free and available to all. We should use it to replenish our bodies and mind. Sunlight releases hormones in the brain which can improve our mood. Especially in winter, 10 minutes of sunlight exposure can help us. Sunlight also has healing properties.
7.Laughter is the best medicine. We all have heard it. Laughter can cause physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner.
8.From young age parents are recommended to encourage reading in their children. As we Read our brain networks strengthen and improves our self-esteem, communication skills, helps to empathise, reduces stress and helps in good night sleep.
9.Listening to Music can elevate our mood and motivation. It improves sleep, memory, anxiety, and alertness.
10.Sometimes all we need is to listen to the voice of our mother, father or our close friend. Listening to their voice alone can heal our mood. A sense of comfort is built, we can share our feeling without worrying about judgment. Finding the right people with whom you can share your views and feelings can be a blessing.
11.Just like dancing and listening to music, Drawing also helps in distracting us from negative thoughts. It builds concentration, reduces stress and increases self-esteem.
12. 20-30 minutes of Breathing Exercises can reduce our stress. It supplies oxygen to our brain and promotes calmness.