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50 Positive Things To Do When Feeling Down

Updated on November 29, 2011

Everyone has their ups and downs. There are some days where you feel like you are on top of the world. Other days bring disappointment and despair. How you handle the roller coaster in many instances will determine your enjoyment of life. It can also affect your effectiveness.

Many people do things that eventually harm themselves or others. This temporary gratification can be dangerous. Here are some positive things you can do to help get you back in your zone. These are derived from both personal experience and input from others. Find out what works for you.

1. Listen to your favorite Song, Group, or Artist

2. Watch your favorite movie.

3. Talk to your most trusted friend. You can tell your best friend almost anything.

4. Go to your favorite place.

5. Read a book – Oh the magic of escaping into a book for a couple of hours.

6. Play your favorite sport.

7. Play an instrument.

8. Write your thoughts in a journal. You can let it all out on paper and nobody has to judge you.

9. Pray

10. Write Poetry.

11. Watch your favorite TV Show on DVD

12. Do something nice for someone – It is amazing what affect it will have on you.

13. Listen to Motivational Audio – Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, and Bob Proctor are great examples.

14. Eat your favorite food or meal.

15. Exercise – Get those endorphins going.

16. Go dancing.

17. Turn up your music loud and clean your house.

18. Go bike riding.

19. Work on your car.

20. Play your favorite game (board game).

21. Watch your favorite sport.

22. Draw or paint – It’s a great form of expression.

23. Tell someone you love them. The power of love is amazing!

24. Play with your children – This will help you to re-focus on what is important in life.

25. Play your favorite video game.

26. Go on a mini Vacation

27. Write a song – Music is has a special power. It is capable of moving an entire generation (ie.Make’s Me Wanna Holler, Keep Your Head Up, Smells Like Teen Spirit)

28. Go for a long walk

29. Go to church

30. Go to the driving range.

31. Go to the batting cages – Release negative energy in a positive way.

32. Go fishing

33. Cook your specialty meal

34. Visit a place you’ve never been to.

35. Pop in a video of your favorite comedian.

36. Order Flowers for yourself

37. Knit or Crochet.

38. Play Pool (Billiards)

39. Play a game of Poker with Friends

40. Go for a swim

41. Relax and stare at the sky (clouds/stars)

42. Go to a museum.

43. Go to the library.

44. Read a comic book.

45. Read the Bible – The greatest book of encouragement.

46. Work on a Puzzle.

47. Watch your favorite cartoons.

48. Make a Gratitude List – You will realize how blessed you really are.

49. Sing in the Shower – Sing as though “no one” can hear you!

50. Go Shopping – Treat yourself, but be responsible about it.

Comments: What Do You Like To Do?

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    • Boisegal profile image


      5 years ago from Boise, ID

      I like the "Play with your kids" suggestion. It's simple and often over-looked, but whenever I feel cranky, it does reshift my priorities and help me focus on what's important in life.

    • mosaicman profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      The water can be so relaxing. Thanks for the post.

    • freecampingaussie profile image


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Good hub, found you in questions ! I like to be by the water so swimming -kaying etc helps me when missing my girls .

    • mosaicman profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Thanks Rasta1. There are so many things in this world today that bring about sadness and depression. I'm just trying to help add a little joy in lives.

    • rasta1 profile image

      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      good pointers there, i like it. Everything we do should be motivated by happiness

    • mosaicman profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      My favorite place to go to is the Safety Harbor Marina. It is so peaceful; it's a great place to get away and think. Thanks for the comment.

    • ChaplinSpeaks profile image

      Sarah Johnson 

      6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Going to the beach, or just out to my dock makes me focus and feel better. Something about the water!


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