What do you do to chase your blues away?
How or what do you do to achieve happiness or joy everyday?
There isn't anything better for me then just dumping my feelings down on paper. It helps me gain perspective again. Whenever I hesitate to actually put the words down on paper, I think about why that is. It's usually because my negative thoughts are not entirely accurate. Then when I rephrase it to be accurate, it's not as bad as I had actually thought it was. Well, then there are those times when I do vent and it is accurate! When I'm done, I feel better. I dumped it onto the paper! Then I try to let it go!
identify the root cause of the blues and exercise it out of my life.
I think it's unrealistic to expect joy every day, life has ups and downs. Listening to uplifting music is a good way to lighten a mood, or as jpesch1 says, writing down what's bothering you to get a new perspective. Re-framing how you see things can be helpful.
Personally I'd listen to feel-good music, watch something funny, or write, write, write. Thankfully, I don't always get the blues. ^_^
Exercise is a good one. I like uplifting music and also having some nice uplifting essential oils on hand. But really, none of these work 100% and usually I just 'ride it out'. I try and remind myself that things will pick up again, as usually they do. If I can identify the root cause, then I will deal with it, but sometimes my mood is just my mood.
I read a quick pick me up, write, check Face Book just plain looking (not commenting on anything) and play some music. Sometimes, I'd cry it and spill it out, then I feel good afterwards.
And, my favorite thing to do to lift my spirit up is to look at the family masterpiece. I hubbed about it sometime back, it's called: "Happiness from Masterpiece to Masterpeace"--no intention to promote but feel free to check it whenever you have the chance. When you do, you'll understand what I mean. Simple pleasure to help me chase the blues.
I have swings of moods especially when there is something I want to accomplish but are blocked by bureaucracy and other outside factors. Following are some of those I usually do(I do one or more of these);
1. Write down the present contents of my mind and my feelings then read them and analyze the real issue that cause the mood then resolve the issue through imagery;
2. Draw, sketch or paint
3. Play and listen to my favorite music
4. Play videos on lectures, seminars, meditations along the line of positive thinking or how wonderful life is meant to be
5. Play ballroom music such as chacha, lambada, tango, rumba on video then dance them following the dancers in the video.
6. Create handicrafts such as crochet, embroidery, tatting or just scrapbook and anything available.
7. Go bicycling or swimming, exercise in the gym
To chase my blues away I turn up the music and sing! To achieve happiness every day I always work towards my goals.
There is no guarantee and no possibility for us to be happy all the time, once I learned to accept that, I have found my peace of mind:)
For me, the acceptance of bad days that follow good days is the key to chase my blues away.
Think of happiness as the fragile butterfly, when it lands on your palm and you try to hold it tightly, you crash its wings, it dies. If you look at it, happy to have it for a short time on your palm and let it to fly away when it pleases, you both survive. You will be sad to let it go but deep down you know it may come back.
I seldom get the blues but i do have them once in a while and i snap out of it very quickly. The way i snap out of it is I read about lives of other people who have it much lesser than me.and i look at those i got the blues day as life's challenges.i remind myself"THIS TOO SHALL PASS". And itbusually does.
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