The Blues, Blues, Blues … Hello to the blues, there certainly are times in our daily life when we feel the dreaded lonely, gloomy, uncertain and unknown emotions . . . Welcome life’s greatest & saddest moments, nearly everyone of us has had the blues at one time or another. The sad thing is we can easily get stuck in these feelings so much that they eventually can drag us down . . . But just keep calm, because there are ways to cope with it! 🙂
The great news is we don’t have to be stuck! we can overcome the blues and beat depression. Here are some tips that might dig us out of the blues puddle. These tips works for me and perhaps it might and just might not work for someone else. We all operate so differently in our lives and adaptation. The best way is try to experiment to see what works for you.
Rather than trying to ignore the feeling, repress it, or distract ourselves with a shopping trip, a few glasses of alcohol, or woofing down on cupcakes, yum yum (yes, I am perfectly guilty on this issue) 🙂 We have to believe in ourselves that we are definitely worth, we are unique, there can only be one of us in this world, we have to love and reward ourselves, because we are worth every penny there is. Here are some self loving and nurturing options that may help us beat the blues and not have a side serving of guilt along with it. 🙂
Sometimes it’s great to have a good cry, as I have when the need calls for, it’s common to bottle up feelings and frustrations when what we really need is a good old cry. So grab our pillow and let it all out, just let the tears roll down your cheeks and wash away all your anger and sadness. Research shows that crying releases the stress of tension so don’t feel bad about it … if you have to, it’s actually good for you!
I love getting the dosage of “sunshine vitamin”, getting outside, even for a little while and even if it’s cloudy, could make a difference in our body’s ability to generate vitamin D. There is plenty of evidence that walking outdoors and being active in the cold weather improves one’s sense of well being.
Change up our routines is another way to help us shake the blues. Choose a different combination of clothes to wear, walk rather than drive, take a different route to work, brunch at a different place. Do something different to help break the routine. If it’s really hard getting up in the morning, turning on the lights, put on your favorite tune, eating a nutritious breakfast. Sometimes I do not have time to prepare anything, I’ll grab a healthy fruit bar and an apple instead. Also try to get in a quick type of light workout such as deep breathing for those of us who are not a fan of torture. 🙂 Keeping busy a schedule routine is not always easy. One good way is to make a pact with a friend or friends who are in your support group, and help each other out by supporting one another with important life issues. It might seem embarrassing, but those friends want to see you healthy and happy rather than depressed and difficult to be around.
JUMP OUT OF BED
- One of the most important things you can do is get up at about the same time every morning (even weekends). Preferably at about 7 a.m. or earlier. You might not feel like it but Get Up. Such regularity helps your body function more normally so you’re more likely to feel at a normal ease.
- Light helps your body function better. So turn on a lot of lights as soon as you wake up. Open curtains to invite more sunlight in. Better yet, go outdoors into the sunshine as soon as you can. Do some quick deep breathing while you can, hear the sounds of a good day hello from the friendly birds.
- Be active right away. Getting up and walking around your home for five minutes to get some oxygen into your lungs, or perhaps riding an Exercycle. Light exercise gets the blood flowing and transports more oxygen throughout your body (especially to your brain), helping you feel mentally alert and alive.
THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC
- Play some energetic tunes, happy music as you dress and have your breakfast. Music is the universal dancing happy tunes to our hearts & mind.
A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
- Begin your breakfast with protein (meat, eggs, nuts, cheese, peanut butter.) When you get up, your body chemistry is ready to convert food, especially protein, into long lasting energy. To balance your most important meal of the day, add an apple, orange or other fresh fruit and whole grain cereal or whole grain bread.
VISIT A PUPPY STORE | ANIMAL SHELTER
- I love and adore animals. Animals such as Dog and Cats are known as a little loyal friend by our side, a little furry friend that can sense when you are happy or sad. They can naturally and magically provide a calming effect when we hug or pet them. Looking at them playing. Just looking at them as they wag their tails or meow at us can simply fade away our blues for a time. The longer you spent time petting and be around them, the more effective you will fade the blues and will only focus on the happy present.
TALK WITH A GOOD FRIEND
- One of the quickest ways to beat the blues is to interact with others. I know, speaking for myself, I have been hiding when I am not feeling good, the last thing I want is to interact with others. Sometimes we might not feel like doing that at all, we just want to curl up by ourselves and rather avoid people when feeling blue. But do take the step to talk with someone about a subject you enjoy and usually something good and happy will eventually come out off it.
LIMIT YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE
- The long term (four hours or so) effects of caffeine are depression. Try to limit coffee to no more than one cup in the morning. Coffee can make you more alert for an hour or so, but later you get an opposite reaction. Caffeine tends to increase the release of insulin in the blood, and insulin lowers the blood sugar level. When you have low blood sugar levels, you begin to feel less sure of yourself, and have low energy levels, which can lead to the blues or depression.
LIMIT YOUR SUGAR INTAKE
- Sugar might give you an initial rush of energy, but within an hour or so the blood sugar level can become low, and when it’s low you may feel low, too. The sugar/caffeine cycle. It’s so easy to get caught in the caffeine and sugar cycle, having coffee, caffeinated soft drinks, or something with sugar every two hours or so to “stay up.” Cola soft drinks contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar plus caffeine equal to about half a cup of coffee. In addition to bringing on the blues, this cycle can result in dependence, poor nutrition. and obesity, reasons to get down on yourself even more and feel blue.
PUT ON YOUR BRIGHT & SHINY SMILE
- Put a smile on your face and pretend that you are happy. Stand straight rather than falling into that slouching, depressed posture. Research demonstrates that forming a facial expression actually changes how we feel inside. And pretending to feel an emotion results in actually feeling it. Frowners feel sadder. And the depressing effects last for hours. So smile at yourself and others. I know it’s easy said than done, but do try to smile when you’re feeling blue. The extra effort you muster to do it will help you break the blues.
- Also try to wear bright, happy colour of clothes and just act as if you are happy. You will then find yourself happy. Maybe, even wear a goofy shirt or a fun cap so you can see others smile with you. Dressing cheerfully and pretending can ultimately beat the blues.
FUN INSTANT ENTERTAINMENT
- Watch a Netflix funny movie, read a funny book, or listen to a comedy on your iPod. Singing along and outloud with your favorite song can definitely help. Consciously using these things when you find yourself feeling sad can be a definite start to saying goodbye to the blues.
EXERCISE & EXERCISE
- Mild exercise or just plain deep breathing is a great way to break the depression chain. Walk, go to park, take a stroll with your pet around your neighborhood block, swim, or climb stairs if the weather permits.
WRITE A BLUE BUSTER LIST OF FIVE (5) THINGS
- Things you enjoy doing (write a list of things on the notepad that have made you feel happy in the past)
Hopefully the essential tips above can help when you are feeling the blues. Ask yourself when you start to sense the blues coming. What do I do when I feel myself coming down with the blues? Recognize the change in yourself when you are “coming down” with an emotional slump. Don’t deny it or feel guilty. Rather, take charge of yourself right away. The immediate interference will definitely take your mind elsewhere and put the focus back on a happy trail.
Perhaps if you can take a day off and doing some favorite things will restore your senses. Get in more exercise, simple as deep breathing, walk, do garden work, swim. You might not feel like it, but these light exercise is one of the best depression breakers and preventers. I hope these tips will help, because it has definitely helped me personally. 🙂
Have you ever been in any kind of emotional slump and what are the ways you use to counteract with it? I love to hear from you. 🙂
Happy Thursday! 🙂