I’m going to be honest with y’all here: I’ve been having a rough time lately.
I know I’m always blogging about how to feel happier, be more positive, improve your anxiety, and topics like that, but honestly? All of us struggle from time to time, and I’m definitely no different.
I found it hard to focus, I felt like I had no energy, and I just generally felt pretty stinkin’ depressed.
I really don’t know what was wrong with me. My anxiety/depression skyrocketed out of nowhere, and I don’t even know what caused it.
But no matter what the issue was, I obviously just didn’t want to feel depressed anymore. I wanted to start feeling happier ASAP. So I started thinking of things that (almost) always make me feel better, and I made a list. I thought I’d share it with you guys today!Here are 13 ways to feel happier right now! Click To Tweet
Here are 13 ways to feel happier right now:
1- Slow down.
Too freaking many of us rush through life at 3,389 miles per hour and that’s not healthy, at all. It’s not good for our physical health, our mental health, or our moods. Sure it’s fun to be busy but when “busy” becomes our lifestyle mode, something’s gotta change. If your mood is due to being over-busy, slow down. I started making it a point to meditate every day – and I gotta say, it’s helped so much! Try to live in the present moment. Carve some space into your schedule for relaxing alone time and make it a regular occurrence. Everybody has at least 10-15 minutes a day to spend on this and even that amount of time can do wonders for your mood, I promise!
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2- Log off (or unplug).
Constant time spent on social media isn’t good for your mood or your mental health. A study done by the University of Michigan even showed that the more time young adults spent on Facebook, the more their satisfaction with life decreased. Being connected doesn’t equal happiness. It literally means the opposite according to tons of research that’s been done on it. So logging off of social media and spending time in the “real world” and living in the present will do wonders for your mood and your general happiness levels.
3- Take a nap.
Sleep is important. Sometimes when we’re lacking quality sleep, it can affect our minds and our moods (not to mention our physical health). I’m one of those people who feels like a nap is a waste of time, and I could be getting a million other things done instead of sleeping. But I also know that just like when we were children, sometimes all we need is a nap.
4- Take a walk or jog outside.
There’s something about nature that just has a calming effect on people. Maybe it’s the beauty, maybe it’s the fresh air, maybe it’s the vitamin D – probably all of the above. But I know that when I’m feeling low or having a bad day, spending time outside has a way of lifting my spirits. So if you’re feeling upset, try to go for a walk or a jog outside and focus on your surroundings. You know, exercise lifts your mood too.
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5- Do something nice for someone.
Doing something kind for another human is one of the greatest ways to feel happier. Not only does it make you feel better, but it also makes someone else happier and it releases positivity into the world – which we could really use some more of. You could volunteer somewhere, donate to a charity, or do something super simple like letting someone go ahead of you in the checkout line or paying for someone else’s coffee. Or you could focus on someone you know – like your parent or husband – and think of something really big and amazing to do for them. I guarantee that no matter what you choose to do, being kind to someone else will cheer you up!
6- Express gratitude.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: being grateful is a sure-fire way to feel super happy. I feel like it’s one of the things that’s made the biggest difference in how happy I am with life. Gratitude is such a simple thing, but it can have huge results. When you’re feeling low, think of all of the things that you have to be happy about. Even if you think things couldn’t get worse, you still have things to be thankful for.
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7- Read something positive.
I think this one is beneficial for pretty obvious reasons! Reading something inspiring or something that can help you change for the better is a great way to improve your mood. Positive reading material can include motivational blogs, real-life inspiring news stories, self-improvement books, the Bible, or anything else that leaves you feeling more optimistic.
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8- Clean or organize something.
I know that when I’m feeling sad or stressed, cleaning or organizing makes me feel better. Doing a mindless task like washing dishes, folding laundry, or any kind of cleaning really, is a great way to relax and clear your mind. Plus, it helps you let off some steam and makes you feel like you’re more in control. I also just like to clean and organize so there’s that too! 🙂
9- Watch a funny movie, TV show, or video.
This sort of goes along the same lines as #7. Laughing (and even smiling) has been proven to be a mood-booster. So it makes sense that watching – or reading – something funny would put you in a better mood. So next time you’re feeling low, just binge-watch your favorite funny show or YouTube channel.
10- Take some time to meditate.
I’ve talked before about the many, many benefits of meditation, and I mentioned this in #1. I always say that it is definitely one of the biggest things that helps with my anxiety and bad moods and I recommend it to anyone who’s dealing with either of those things. Seriously, just doing a 5 minute meditation calms me down. I know a lot of people don’t like it, or “can’t” do it – but it’s definitely worth a try!
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11- Go out (or stay in) with someone.
The quality of your life can improve drastically if you have healthy relationships with your significant other, family, and/or friends. A close relationship with someone can do wonders for your mental health, and if you’re in a bad mood, it’s nice to have someone there to cheer you up. Go out and have fun, or stay inside and hang out. Laugh, let go, vent your problems, ask for advice, or do whatever works for you.
12- Write in your journal.
I just recently discovered how great journaling can really be when I decided to write (or draw) something in my journal every single day for the month of April. I’ll be writing a post on it soon, actually! But the benefit I’m talking about here is that journaling can really help you sort out and process your thoughts. It can also help you let out some creativity. So if you’re upset about something, I encourage you to write about it in your journal or do a brain dump to help you sort out what you’re feeling and (possibly) overcome it.
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13- Get lost in a hobby.
Our hobbies are our hobbies because we enjoy them. So if we’re feeling stressed out or upset, getting lost in them can cheer us up. Especially if your stress or bad mood is caused by being over-committed to other priorities. I’m a bit of a workaholic and I know that when I step away from my work for a while to spend time crocheting, reading, drawing, or working on another hobby, I usually come back feeling refreshed and even more creative.
Final thought: I hope this post helps you feel happier! Try one (or a few) of these suggestions and let me know how you feel in the comments! And let me know if you have any other suggestions! Just remember that we all go through hard times and it will get better. <3
Question: What are some things that help you feel better when you’re upset?