5 things to do right now if you’re feeling down

We’ve all been there. You wake up feeling overly-tired, sad or irritated. Maybe there’s a reason, maybe there isn’t.

Recent studies show that people who are more prone to depression have a harder time moving from one thought to another. Sometimes the best cure is doing something that gets your mind out of the grey clouds.

1. Go for a walk or just sit outside.

Why? A little bit of movement goes a long way. If you can go for a walk, do that. If you can’t, take a minute or so and just sit outside. A change of scenery, and just the act of moving can get your mind moving too.

2. Have a glass of water and pick up a book or a magazine.

A glass of water is something small that you can do for yourself. It’s a small way to tell yourself “Hey, I care about you.” Grab a book or magazine and read a few pages. Literally, it could be a kid’s book or something you’ve already read. It’ll transport your mind off of your own thoughts for a bit.

 

3. Watch a light TV show or a movie.

A funny show will remind you that not everything is  not all that bad. If you don’t have Netflix or Hulu, check out a show on a network’s website. Some of our favorite cheer-me-ups are The Office, Jane The Virgin, Hart of Dixie and Who’s Line is it Anyway.

4. Do a small chore.

This one seems funny right, like why would you want to do a chore when you’re feeling down? Here’s the thing – feeling like you accomplished something is a great way to give yourself a boost. Clothes on the floor? Pick them up. Messy sink? Clean it.

5. List what you’re feeling, and then draw arrows on you could fix it.

Stressed about a project? Write it down. Then write down what could help you with that. Maybe a simple fix is asking your boss or teacher for help. Or just devoting the time you need to get it done. Feeling lonely? Reach out to someone or strike up a conversation with a stranger. There’s a way to feel better.

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