- Mental Health
If Your Feeling Down
You Know The Times...
You know those times when you are are feeling down in the dumps, like you are just a bump in the road? I do. I am sure everybody experiences that feeling of utter helplessness no matter what is going on, and just feel as if they can not seize the day to win just one more battle. I have had a few times where I felt that I just couldn’t keep moving moving forward. Now, I have not found a way to completely wipe out that feeling for ever, but I have found a few ways for how to get you revved up and able to push through and accomplish your goals.
Now, I know this may sound very generic, but I really truly believe that music helps our moods and emotions. When I am feeling down and out I have a playlist for my feel good music, my feel good music is a lot of different varieties with a lot of up beat lyrics and fun instruments. You can make a play list of anything classical, jazz, croon whatever, as long as it helps you get the right attitude to pull through your current dilemma. Some artist that I personally like are as follows: Jimmy Buffett, Uncle Kracker, Kenney Chesney, Jack Johnson, 3 Doors Down, Diana Krall. Those are the big ones for me, but find artists with songs that inspire you.
Books & Writings
I titled this books and writings, because I know that sometimes, when I am feeling blue I turn to my faithful book collection for a little inspiration. I may sit down and read a few chapters from a favorite book or just find some heroic last words from a character of a novel. At times I will read stories from my books and when I am done I don't feel so down, or my situation does not feel as helpless because I know that the characters in my book went through a lot more that I am. Some of my favorite books I refer to are the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Arabian Nights, Lance: The Making of the Worlds Greatest Champion by John Wilcockson, Continental Drifter by Elliott hestor, and Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda. These are books by all different people from all different perspectives and beliefs, some are fiction and other are nonfiction, and some are long and other short.
Now some of you may not be as much readers so I might suggest when you are feeling good and at the top of your game, write your future self a note. That is right, write to a new who may be struggling in the future, so they may be able to turn to in for inspiration from the best source, the self. Keep a journal so when you are down you can skim through it and see the balance and remind yourself that there will be better days ahead.
Get Some Exercise
This one is hard for me, but it is also one of the best. I know that when I am in a mood where I feel as if Atlas has just dumped the world on me, the last thing I want to do is go exert more energy. Believe it or not exercise is a great way to feel better, because it releases feel-good brain chemicals such as neurotransmitters and endorphins. It also reduces immune system chemicals which help with that depression feeling, and it increases your body temperature which believe it or not has a calming effect. I like to go for a nice bike ride, I go for a few miles and I am good as new, but that is just me. You can do anything else like run, lift weights, play sports or you can even garden, wash your car and take a stroll around the block.