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Hi there! Sorry I was MIA again last week. My mood has been super low and I’ve been having a lot of trouble snapping out of it. I hope you’re doing well and your mood is staying level. ❤
Since my mood has been so low, I wanted to chat about some of the things I do to level out, or to not dip too low.
Sometimes, not diving headfirst into the Deep Dark is all you can manage.
And that’s ok!
Whatever feelings you’re experiencing are real. You shouldn’t try to ignore them or shove them down.
I’m guilty of that.
I often push myself to just get better… but that’s not really how my brain works.
Sometimes I get stuck in this perpetual darkness and the only thing I can do is love myself through it.
Remind myself that it’s ok to be sad sometimes, as long as I don’t let it consume me.
There’s a difference between feeling your emotions and going into a negative spiral.
So, if you’re like me this week, and you feel like you can’t do anything except watch that Darkness close in, I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to make yourself feel a little better.
1: Read a book
I do this one a lot!
I find that getting swept up in a story is the best way for me to get my brain out of a rut.
Sometimes I get so focused on the sadness and the negativity that it can become really toxic.
Reading about another life, another time, another world can really help me get out of my head for a while.
So pick up a good book, even if it’s one you’ve read before, and get lost in another world for a while!
2: Take a shower
I’m not sure if anyone else feels the same, but for me, there’s something really calming about a shower.
I like baths too, but they’re too quiet for me. Too much space for my thoughts to take over.
Something about the steam curling in the air, streams of water pounding on my back, the smell of my favorite shampoo. It makes me feel safe.
The chaos of water pelting down is all I need to think about.
Sometimes I sit in the bottom of my shower and just let the water wash over me.
The sound of the water drowns out the sounds of the outside world and I’m alone, in the best possible way.
I can cry, I can talk to myself, I can just sit in silence.
Whatever I need to do.
3: Get outside
This one’s tough for me.
Whenever I’m feeling really down, the last thing I want to do is go out.
But every time I force myself to get outside, whether it’s just to sit in my backyard, go for a walk, or go somewhere like a bookstore, it always makes me feel better.
Something about the fresh air.
Or maybe just physically removing myself from a situation where I was unhappy.
Whatever magical power outside has, it always works on me.
That is, if I can force myself to get up.
Sometimes it takes a lot of will power on my part.
A lot of “Just get up. You’ll thank me later.”
But it’s always worth it.
4: Watch a movie
I usually watch a Disney movie when I’m really upset.
Something about the simple plots. The humor. The characters.
You can laugh or cry and not really think about it.
Not worry about anything.
Nothing makes me feel quite as comforted as putting on some fuzzy pajamas, wrapping up in a blanket like a burrito, and watching something silly.
5: Talk to someone
This one’s hard for me.
Mostly because I have a hard time trusting people with my innermost thoughts.
But if you find someone you can trust, this can really be the best thing you can do.
If you’re nervous about how they’ll react, you can simply say, “I need someone to talk to, would you mind just listening and being here?”
Simple as that.
Talking it out can work some serious magic.
In the process of thinking through your emotions, putting them into words, you can come to conclusions you might not have reached before.
You might realize how to fix what’s wrong, or maybe why you’re so upset, or maybe you’ll just feel comforted and supported.
Reaching out is always a good idea.
I hope this list helps you!