I've gone through some rough times in my life- as I'm sure you're aware if you've literally read any other of my posts on here. I've dealt with death, moving almost every year for 7 years in a row, family secrets, everyone I'm related to being divorced, life pressures, the list continues. I don't always want to make things sound so bad, because I'm incredibly blessed. I do feel hurt from time to time and it's taken a lot to pull myself out of the low spots.
When you're having a rough go at it, it can be really hard to heal yourself. I don't think many people understand this. It's amazing how some people are so emotional and others aren't at all. Or how some people feel so jaded yet others feel fine. A human mind is a crazy place. No matter what you're going through or how you feel, I think there are a lot of ways to get yourself out of the funk- at least temporarily.
Here's my list of things you can do to feel better, clear your head, & try to get back to a better mental state:
-Talk to someone
-Turn off your phone & read or watch TV - completely distraction free
-Go for a walk
-Listen to a soothing music playlist
-Volunteer at an animal shelter (even just dropping off a bag of treats and petting a few good boys will make you feel 10x better, trust me!)
-Write - Your thoughts, short stories, memories, goals, anything your heart desires
-Write cards to mail your family or friends (we ALL love getting snail mail!)
-Paint your nails
-Do a face mask
-Take a bubble bath
-Cook your favorite meal
-Go for a run
-Dance (At home or the club or even just with some friends)
-Meet someone new
-Take a break from social media
-Watch something that always makes you laugh
-Look through old photos/albums
-Start a new project
-Go for a drive
-Do candlelit yoga (or any yoga for that matter)
-Go see live music
-Learn something new
-Read a book on your religion or self-improvement
-Do something super silly
There are so many blog posts on ways to feel better and spend your time when you're down. I'm sure this post is just like all the others. My only real advice to give (and I'm speaking from my own experience - not necessarily saying anyone else feels this way) but for me, when I'm really stressed out or overwhelmed I usually know what the root cause is. & for me I'm not going to really feel 100% better until I deal with the root problem. I can mask it all I want, pretend it will go away. I'm not going to feel better until I take care of whatever is wrong. So maybe before drawing a hot bath or reading a book, I might just try to tackle the issue at hand the next time I'm feeling low. Maybe this is advice worth taking. Or maybe it's not. We're all different and we all process things at different paces. No matter what you're going through, I hope you find peace through it and know that things can get better.
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