Feeling down? Here's what to do
Feeling down! We all feel like that sometimes. It is a normal part of life.
All kinds of things can lead feeling down. For example: stress, disappointment, loss, or loneliness. And sometimes we can feel blue without knowing why.
Although feeling down is normal, there are ways to cope with it in a healthy way.
Feeling down? Here are some tips:
Acknowledge your feelings. It's okay to feel down. Don't try to suppress your emotions or pretend you're happy, when you're not. Allow yourself to feel what you're feeling. But don't dwell on it or feel bad about what you feel
It helps to talk to someone you trust. Talking about your feelings can help you to understand them and process them. Talk to a friend, family member, a priest, if you have one, or a life coach like me. Talk to anyone else you feel comfortable with and trust.
Doing something you enjoy can help. This can be anything from reading a book or practicing a craft to watching a funny movie or going for a walk. Doing something you enjoy can help to take your mind off of your negative thoughts and feelings.
For some, social interaction can help to improve your mood and reduce feelings of loneliness. Spend time with people who make you feel good and who support you.
Getting nvolved in your community, volunteering or joining a club or group can be a great way to meet new people and make a difference in your community.
Spending time in nature has been shown to have a number of benefits for mental health, including reducing stress and improving mood. Go for a walk in the park, hike in the woods, or simply sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Practicing mindfulness can help. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. There are many different ways to practice mindfulness, such as meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few minutes each day to focus on your breath.
Take care of yourself. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. Taking care of your physical health can also help to improve your mental health.
Seek professional help if the down feeling is persisting or getting deeper. If you're feeling down for more than say a couple of weeks, or if your feelings are interfering with your daily life, it's important to seek professional help from a doctors or a therapist.
Above everything, remember above everything that you are not alone. And there are people around who will be happy to help and give you the support you need.