It’s normal to have down days and days where you feel like the world is against you, maybe Covid has screwed up your plans yet again or you’re feel overwhelmed at work or just because. It can be hard to get out of this funk, but there are ways to reduce it and make it less overwhelming.
Start small – maybe you’re having a hard time getting out of bed because the weight of the world is on your shoulders or life is just too much and even basic tasks seem like too much. Set small targets that lead up to a big goal. So maybe the goal is to go for a run. In order to go for a run you need to get out of bed, get dressed, have breakfast, leave the house and then go for a run. Celebrate each of the steps that you achieve and maybe you don’t end up going for a run but at least you got out of bed and ate breakfast.
Add water – a warm shower/bath can have similar feelings to the same as a big hug, water also has a calming effect and can help you see things better. Have a shower, go for a swim, go for a walk along the beach or go surfing.
Let yourself feel things – you’re allowed to feel things, it means your human. Let the tears fall, scream, throw something, just get it out! You will feel so much better afterwards.
Change your scenery – go for a walk, sit outside in the sunshine, explore a new place, anywhere that gets you out of your head.
Distract yourself – throw yourself into work, meet a friend for coffee, watch funny videos anything let let’s you escape for even a few minutes.
Exercise – exercising is proven to boost the serotonin (which is the hormone that regulates your mood). While it might be hard to find motivation to exercise starting small with something like walking will still have an impact.
Journal – write down your feelings, create lists emptying your mind as to why you are anxious or list things that you are thankful for. Seeing things written down helps you process them and puts things in perspective.
Talk to someone – it doesn’t need to be a professional, confide in friends or family or even send me a message and let me help you get out of this funk.
Times are tough and it's normal to feel down however there is always help available and it's ok to need professional help.
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