Sometimes the blues sneak up on me.Â Sometimes theyâ€™re painfully persistent. In either case, itâ€™s helpful to have on handâ€“or onlineâ€“some â€œget happyâ€ ideas to try to help elevate my mood. Here are my wiser-selfâ€™s instructions to my depressed-self when my moodiness depletes my motivation:
-Get productive to get positive.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, a great way to stop being cranky is to conquer a small project. Whether itâ€™s filing last monthâ€™s receipts or trimming the butterfly bush out front, accomplishing something feels great!
-Let music restore your mojo.
Find some upbeat music and dance up a storm. Drum out your weariness. Sing like a star. Let music move you into a better mood. (I highly recommend ABBA. Go Mamma Mia!!)
-Give nature a try.
Even if you canâ€™t drive up into the mountains or out into the countryside, get outside. Lay on your back and look at the sky. Walk in the grass in your bare feet. Listen to the birds or the buzzing of insects. Stop and smell the roses, literally. Enjoy the sensual banquet that nature provides.
–Get out of bed to get out of your head.
Stand up, feel the carpet under your feet, do a yoga stretch, take a deep breath, get dressed, etc.
–Pay attention to another person.
Smile, watch, listen, call, email, chat, etc. to show another person that you care.
–Relax and read.
Fiction, information, biography, personal storiesâ€“what is calling you, today?
–Eat foods that elevate mood.
Proteins firstâ€“such as nuts, salmon, tuna, or chicken; laterâ€“oatmeal or whole grain bread; donâ€™t forgetâ€“bananas, spinach, and a little dark chocolate!
–Practice â€œpositivityâ€ with personal affirmations.
Some possibilities: â€œI forgive myself. I forgive others. Weâ€™re learning as we go!â€
â€œIâ€™m beautiful. Iâ€™m powerful. Iâ€™m divine!â€
â€œIâ€™ve got friends in high places. Theyâ€™re helping me in a gazillion ways, every day!â€
â€œThereâ€™s a lot to like about me. Iâ€™ve come a long way, Baby!â€
â€œI am creating beauty todayâ€“beautiful speech, beautiful kindness, beautiful moments, beautiful space.â€
â€œIâ€™m excited about this chapter in my story. No matter how the plot thickens, Iâ€™m committed and excited. Stay tuned as I thrive and help others feel alive! Itâ€™s history in the making!â€
â€œThereâ€™s never been another me. Iâ€™m a modern miracleâ€“empirically unrepeatable!â€
â€œMy positive efforts spread loving energy out and about in a domino effect of divine love.â€
â€œIâ€™m not stuck; thereâ€™s always a new possibility!â€
-Close your eyes and visualize.
Imagine the worry, pain, or numbness disappearingâ€“carried off on the wings of an eagle, ascending away in a thousand helium balloons, or being washed down the river as a note in a bottle. Let it go, and breathe!
-More ideas to come!