Life is tough, and it’s very easy to fall into the trap of simply surviving. Even if you’re currently caught in that cycle, it shouldn’t be a life sentence. With the right action, you can rediscover what it feels like to be yourself once more. So how do you stop the rut when you start feeling down??
Implementing some of the ideas below, and be amazed at how quickly the results start to show. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
Look the Part
Some days, just getting out of bed is a task. But there’s no escaping the fact that looking good makes us feel good. So, this is the perfect starting place for your transformation. Improvements can be made in a variety of ways, and even the smallest changes can make a world of difference to your frame of mind.
Little changes to help you “fake it til you make it” will go a long way. A change of hairstyle or a new outfit can work wonders.
Regain Your Energy
When life knocks you down, you’ll probably start to feel lethargic. You can break free from this feeling, but it will require a conscious effort. Conversely, if you continue to let the problems continue, they will only take a bigger toll on your body and mind.
It only takes a few weeks of embracing lifestyle changes and activities to regain this energy. In turn, feeling ready to take on the world can completely change your mindset. Restoring that positivity is arguably the greatest weapon in your arsenal.
So, if you’ve been relying on caffeine to pick you up at this low point, now is the time to make a change for the better.
Learn To Help Others
Sometimes in life, helping others is the best way to help yourself. This is especially true at this time of your life. It’ll give you a sense of perspective as well as a sense of purpose. Those two factors can drag you out of the current state of affairs.
Supporting others can manifest in many ways. Whether it’s paying it forward at the coffee stand, joining a charitable cause, or doing your bit for the planet is up to you. Knowing that you’ve made a positive difference in the lives of other people will leave you hugely satisfied.
Focus On The Positives
No matter how bad you think things are, there will be positives to cling on to. This can be difficult during moments of self-doubt, but it’s vital that you do it. Otherwise, you’ll continue to let the negatives (and we all have them) control you.
The positives may come from your career, in which chasing a promotion will be hugely rewarding. Or it may be that your dog brought you his favorite toy.
Life is never going to be perfect. Still, by appreciating the things that are going well, the journey ahead becomes far less bumpy.
I like to start my day by writing down three things I am grateful for. Keeping a gratitude journal will help keep your eye on what is going right in the world.
I really enjoyed reading this post. Your tips are really helpful. I especially liked your advice about positive thinking – which can be so hard to do when you’re in the midst of depression. Thank you so much for sharing
Front Seat Ryder
Thank you so much, Josephine. I am so glad to hear that this article helped you and you enjoyed it. It is definitely difficult to keep positive thoughts during depression. The thing that has really helped me in the past is keeping a gratitude journal. I try to write in it daily when times are really tough. Even when it is hard to list things, you can always write things that are simple and/or necessities. Clean air, warm water, a hot cup of tea.