how to lift your spirits during difficult moments
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We all have had those moments or days where we just are not feeling like our optimal selves. Our minds are just not focused. We may find ourselves discouraged, frustrated, or depressed.
When we are going through these difficult times, we can easily fall into the trap of thinking that we cannot do much and we just have to wait it out. While this can be the case sometimes, there is more often than not where we can do things that can pull us out of this mental trap.
Here are 6 helpful tips I would like to share with you that I truly believe can help you get out of a funk rather quickly.
1. Take a Quick Shower
If you have this option it’s a great one, but not all of us can just leave our jobs or a current difficult situation to go shower. However, if you do have the option there are more benefits to taking a shower than just hygiene. Taking a shower can give your mind a break. There is something about having some clean, warm or cold water running down your body. It creates a liberating, therapeutic effect. During difficult moments, if you have the option of course, take a break from reality and go take a shower. You can come back here and drop a thank you 🙂
2. Play Some Music
There have been numerous times where my mind is in one place and a song comes on and it just takes me to a special place back in time. Music can move you and there has been plenty of scientific studies where psychologists have proven that music can help with mood regulation. Don’t take my word for it, look it up! In our home we have a family subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited and we have an Amazon Alexa that we use to play music throughout our day.
For those who do not have access to do the first two on this list, here is one that everyone can do. Movement makes a huge impact in the way that our hormones work and the way that our cognitive function plays out. If you find yourself in a situation, where you are not sure exactly what is wrong, or you feel down lately and you are not incorporating weekly exercise, then I highly suggest you start. According to the American Psychological Association there is plenty of scientific data around that proves that physical exercise can not just improve your mood but also protect the brain against deterioration. You don’t have to do anything too complex, just go out for a walk and take in some fresh air. Learn how to separate yourself during stressful situations.
Meditation as I am sure you have heard is a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Take some time to find your center, focus, and enter a state of enlightenment. Our mind is constantly thinking, constantly moving and sometimes when we lose the ability to stay in the present moment, we start to worry and stress. Meditation is a great way to learn how to harness your mind and bring it back to the moment at hand. Take a few minutes to separate yourself, find a quiet place and just focus on your breath and bring your mind back to where it needs to be. Acknowledge your thoughts, emotions, and then bring yourself back to the meditation. Use this time to grow your self awareness.
The importance of hydration is something that is totally underrated. There should be so much more of a consistent and stronger emphasis on proper hydration. The human body is composed of more than 60 percent water. That alone should give you insight to how important water is for the human body. Yet millions of people are walking around dehydrated. If you feel frustrated, hot, easily agitated, and just in a bad mood – check your water intake. Chances are you are slacking on your water intake. A healthy practice is to achieve anywhere from half a gallon to one gallon of water daily. I do this by carrying a water jug with me all day. Step your water game up.
6. Talk to Someone or Journal
One great option you always have available is to journal or talk to someone you trust and someone who can provide you un selfish advice. When you are not feeling right, reach out to a friend, a spouse or a family member and just vent. By venting your emotions things can fizzle out pretty rapidly. You can also try grabbing a clean piece of paper and a pen and just start writing everything out. Nobody is going to read it. It’s just you and your thoughts. But there is something special about writing things down. It can be a great way to clear your mind and pull the weeds out. Just make sure you don’t bottle it in and sweep it under the rug. This will bring bigger problems down the line.
If you are feeling off or down I would like to end this with saying that it is totally normal. More of us today are dealing with anxiety than ever before because of the shifts in technology and social media. As responsibility starts to creep up on you, anxiety can creep up and if not managed properly it can really begin to affect you. Take time to really learn about mental health and gain a better understanding from it. Our goal here at Believe in Help is to create more awareness and mental health is one of those important subjects that are not being talked about enough. Always remember to Believe in Yourself and Believe in Help!