It feels like it’s been an extra long winter, hasn’t it? With so many pandemic restrictions, you may have found it difficult to just feel happy. Feeling down or blue may be a sign of depression. Seasonal changes, the birth of a baby or life changes and challenges may have left you feeling sad, overwhelmed, or anxious.
First things first, take a deep breath. When you’re not feeling well, sometimes focusing on deep breathing and getting more oxygen can have an incredibly healing effect.
Next, pay attention to your thoughts. When you feel like you are in a challenging situation, it’s easy to get stuck in negative thought patterns. Every time you have a negative thought, try changing it to a positive thought. Instead of thinking “I have to exercise,” try “I get to stretch and move because I am able to, and I’ll keep feeling better as I keep moving.” Another way to train your brain to be more positive is to keep a gratitude journal. Write down 5 things you are thankful for each day. Maybe it was a fabulous latte, or a quick kiss from a loved one. Big or small, gratitude helps your brain “lean positive.” After some time, gratitude journals are a great way to be able to look back and see how far you’ve come!
I am pure potentiality. My thoughts create my reality.
Pay attention to your health. It’s tough to stay positive when you’re not well. First, take your medicines! Keeping up the medicine routine prescribed by your doctor. is the best way to maintain your health.
Eat as well as you can. Have you ever heard the saying ‘shop the perimeter’? Most groceries stock the fresh healthy food around the perimeter of the store, while processed foods tend to be on the shelves in the center of the store. When you shop the perimeter, you find the colorful, healthful foods!
Get your beauty sleep. Few things can improve your health like a good night’s sleep. Lavender is a wonderful smell that can relax and calm you before bed. Or, read a book. How many times have you been in the middle of a great book, but you just can’t keep your eyes open to find out what’s happening next? Reading is a great way to relax your mind and leave your troubles behind by escaping into a good story.
Pay attention to your behaviors. Smile, it increases your face value! The more you smile, the more you feel it. People will likely respond more positively to you, which feels good to all of us. Do the things that make you happy. When you’re down, it’s often hard to want to do even the things you used to love doing. Get in a rhythm of doing the things you love regularly, even when you’re not sure you want to. The things that speak to your soul help elevate your mood and help you have things to look forward to.
If you feel you are unable to find your way back to happiness, please talk to your Case Manager or your doctor. There are many ways we can help get you back to feeling like yourself. And if you feel you are in an emergency situation talk to your family and call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255. The world is a better place with you in it!