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How to Fight Depression And Be Happy Again
How to Cheer Up When You're Feeling Down
Everyone has those days when life feels too heavy to carry. Maybe something has happened - loss, disappointment, anxiety, change. Or maybe the day before you seems too long for no reason at all. There's hope. Pick yourself up and try these easy remedies to help you banish the blues.
1) MUSIC - Get out the old CD player, your IPOD, or even the radio. Find something zippy and play it loud. Not the sad, heavy music, but the tunes that can and will lift your spirits. And, by all means, sing. At the top of your lungs if you want. Music stirs the spirit and your participation in it will soothe yours. Music therapy is an increasingly recognized practice that has shown amazing results. Singing gets you in touch with your intuitive self. It's difficult to stay depressed when you sing. Whether you have a good voice or not doesn't matter.
2) SHAKE YOUR BOOTY - Laying in bed or on the couch all day will not send those blues away. One really therapeutic way to clear the dust out is to dance. Get sexy, get crazy, move your body to the music whether that music is on the radio or only in your head. Not only is dancing good for your heart, it burns calories and it lifts your spirits by raising those feel-good chemicals - endorphins. Dancing improves circulation to your brain and is a great mental exercise. It lightens your mood and wards off depression.
3) SPOIL YOURSELF - It's hard to stay down in the dumps if you spoil yourself. Take a bubble bath, get a massage, have a glass of expensive red wine. It never hurts to realize that you deserve to be spoiled. And who can do that better than you?
4) SPLURGE - Take some money out of the coffee can and buy yourself something. How can you be depressed when you've got a new pair of shoes? Get yourself a lobster tail for dinner. Buy yourself a dozen roses. Eat those chocolates. The money you spend is well worth the lifting of your spirits.
5) COMMUNICATE - Pick up the telephone and call an old friend. Not to whine but just to touch bases with someone you love and who loves you. Get the address/ phone book out and find someone you seem to have lost touch with. There's something cathartic about communicating with those in your past and you'll hang up with a smile on your face. Hate the telephone? Join a discussion forum online. Whatever you want to talk about there is someone out there who wants to talk about it too.
6) CHALLENGE YOUR MIND - Read a book, do a crossword puzzle, play online scrabble, do a jigsaw puzzle. Reading a book can be comforting. Getting involved in the foibles of the characters can take away remnants of your own life problems. Concentrating on a puzzle organizes your thoughts and can make your thoughts (and feelings) more manageable.
7) BE CREATIVE - If you are feeling down, get going and create something. Start a garden, a scrapbook, a craft project. Write a poem, start a journal, make up a short story. Re-decorate a room, re-organize a cabinet. paint or draw a picture. No matter what medium you use, art involves light, texture, concentration as well as the release of tension. It is good for your soul.
8) STAY BUSY - It's the best way to beat the blues. Find something to do, preferably something you enjoy. Staying busy keeps your mind occupied and less self-focused. By day's end, things will look different. Dwelling on the inevitable, the unattainable, or the past is not helpful. Find something to do.
9) PLANT OR PET - Buy yourself some beautiful plants to take care of. The act of taking care of something is rewarding. Get a cat or some parakeets. These friends will listen to you, never judge you, always trust you.
10) LAUGH - We've all heard "laughter is the best medicine". Well, it's true. Rent a very funny movie. Find something that will make you laugh until you cry. Laughter is good for you. It strengthens your immune system and jumps starts your creative juices. It releases emotional pain and creates perspective. Find the funny side of life.