By Mira Khatib
You have been feeling down in the dumps for hours. You do not feel like getting up or talking with anyone. The only thing you feel like doing is feeling sorry for yourself.
Sometimes it is obvious what is bringing you down. Maybe you had a big argument with your boss. Or that great date just called and cancelled. Or your favorite pet just died. These are all reasons to bring anybody the blues.
But sometimes you feel heavy-hearted without knowing why, as if things are never going to get any better. It is important to keep things in perspective, and try to figure out what is really bothering you. Once you know the real source of your bad mood you can deal with it and start feeling better. But what if even that does not work and you are still sailing in a sea of sadness? Well, do not despair here are a few ideas that are sure to brighten up your day and put a smile back on your face.
Talking to someone you trust can help remind you that you are not the only one who has ever felt depressed. When someone listens and shows concern, that will help put your emotions back on track.
You have to think positively and try to see the brighter side of things. After all there is always tomorrow. It is important not to keep thinking about negative situations and playing them over and over in your head. It will make matters seem worse. Simply tell yourself that whatever the problem might be, it is not as bad as it seems and you will find a way to make it better.
Getting busy and joining in something that interests you, is another way to steer your mind away from sad thoughts. Doing voluntary work is also a good way to cheer you up. It is a great feeling when you help others, giving you a brand new sense of self-worth.
Pamper yourself, take a bubble bath, or get a facial, or better yet a massage. When you take care of yourself and make the time for you, it will surely make you feel more relaxed and content.
Another way of beating the bad mood is simply watching a funny movie or reading a joke book, anything to get you laughing.
Get your body moving. Exercise will help release tension and anxiety. Although at first you might not feel up to it, but once you are done, it will make you feel like new.
Maybe routine life is what is getting the best of you. So instead of the usual, plan something out of the norm every week, it will give you something to look forward to.
Another way of making you feel better is expressing yourself and thoughts into writing. Start a journal; it will help you keep track of your mood swings and how you can try to avoid them.
Finally if nothing seems to be working and you are still feeling physically down, give yourself a health check up. Ask yourself if you are getting too little or too much sleep. Are on medication that makes you feel sluggish? Are you eating a well balanced diet? Maybe you have been loading up on sugar and caffeine. The best bet is to consult your doctor to put your mind at ease.
A good cry every now and then, is not such a bad thing it actually can be good for you. But when depressing moods prolong you have to make the effort to stop the blues and bring out that wonderful smile of yours.