Beat the Blues

We have all been upset. This is just a natural part of our emotional cycle. However, sometimes things can seem overwhelming and nothing seems to come close to that beautiful smile that normally sweeps across your face. It is OK to be down sometimes. It is times like these that help us appreciate the amazing moments in life. As we have all heard before; you can’t appreciate the good until you experience the bad. But sometimes, it can be rough and exhausting. Here are some helpful tips to bounce back when you are having a hard time seeing the light.

1. Set Goals

Something special happens when we place the pen to the paper and start visualizing where we want to be. Our brain chemistry fires and we start brainstorming how we will go about achieving these goals.

2. Sleep

Getting a good amount of sleep is good for both our body and our mind. It is absolutely important to get enough rest.

3. Excercise

If you’re physically capable, try one hour of cardio (or as much as you can). If you’re tee-shirt is soaking wet, you’re standing in a puddle of your own sweat, and you can feel the endorphins pumping through your body, you did it right. Shower up and try not being happy, I dare you.

4. Forgiveness

Many times we’re making ourselves sad for no good reason at all. People have been known to keep grudges for lifetimes (most religions and nationalities keep them for generations). When you forgive, you remove this weight off your shoulders and put yourself in a position to be happier.

5. Gratitude

Many times when we complain we can cause ourselves to be sad. Complaining is just a factor of not taking into account what we’re grateful for. Sit down and make a list of 100 things you’re grateful for right now (and I dare you not to feel better).

6. Hydration

This has always been my downfall; I don’t drink enough and chances are you don’t either. Some days I drink only 1 cup of water, and I feel horrible. When I remember, and drink 2-3 liters, I’m happy as a kitten on cat-nip, and productive as a bat out of hell.

7. Journal

This could be an escape but it doesn’t have to be. You can write about fiction, and transport yourself to another world, or you can write about what’s going on, and let your thoughts carry you through to a solution. Many great books were written by people who were, at least at the time, going through a period of pain and suffering.

Hopefully these tips will be help you realize how lucky we are to live on this planet. There are so many people who are fighting for their lives, and too many who leave this world too early. You are here. You are alive. You are beautiful. Enjoy and embrace all that surrounds you!


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