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Tips For When You're Not Feeling Like Your Best Self

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Published April 21st 2015

"It's not about forcing happiness, it's about not letting the sadness win,"

The Wonder Years

So we all have our moments when we're feeling – as the title of this article states – less than awesome. Whether it's because our pet of four years just died, or we had a fall out with our partner or whatever the case. Of course there's the cliché "you get over it soon", but what about the recovery stage; the "How do I make myself feel better" stage.

Feeling lonely? Take a warm bath.
Hot water can relieve tension and soothe stiff muscles while also amp-ing up your oxytocin levels that ease anxiety. A hot bath also acts as a natural decongestant to help relieve cold symptoms as the steam clears nasal passages.

Be gentle, supportive and patient.

Be kind to yourself, like you would to another person feeling down. Do not force yourself to do anything you would force another to do.

Clean your room.
This tip may sound a little stupid at first, but when you do get around to cleaning your room it will be refreshing to have the space around you to be neat and tidy. Also cleaning will help get your mindset off what is making you sad.

Eat a tub of ice cream (or yoghurt).
Eating ice cream always makes a person feel better, however if you are watching your health, yoghurt may be a better option.

Pick flowers.
Nature's healing powers have many abilities including the ability to help clear a person's mind. This is important in helping to distract our minds from thinking. And well, the picking flowers part, that's just because flowers are pretty and who doesn't love them?

Listen your favourite song on repeat and sing it out loud.
Not only is it therapeutic, but also fun.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER, EXERCISE AND EAT HEALTHY.
Taking care of your body also means taking care of your mind. Drinking lots of water, exercising and eating healthy will help put your body in the right set, eventually taking your mind with it.

….and most importantly cry it out.
IT'S OKAY TO CRY. Remember that. If you need, cry your eyes out. It will make you feel better.

It's okay if you don't get through everything on this list, just remember this feeling will pass eventually and you can get through this even if it doesn't seem like it at the moment.

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