5 ways to pick yourself up when you’re feeling down in the dumps

Feeling down and wondering what you can do to improve your mood and get you back into a positive frame of mind? Today, we’ve rounded up five pick-me-ups that are sure to put you back on track and turn that frown upside down.

1. Go for a walk

Walking can be incredibly therapeutic and give you time to get away from the pressure of everyday life. Whether you’re feeling stressed or you’re just in a funny mood, take a walk to clear your head and help you get some fresh air. It doesn’t matter what the weather’s like – walking in the rain can be even more relaxing and mind-clearing.

2. Buy something

Retail therapy really can make you feel better. According to Psychology Today, spending money and going shopping can ease your mind, help you to relax and escape, and offer a social connection, too. So charge up that credit card and hit the high street.

3. Write it all down

Putting pen to paper and writing down your thoughts and feelings can give you clarity and help to get things off of your chest, even if you’re not worrying about anything in particular.

Maybe you could turn your thoughts and recovery into a blog, or keep it to yourself in a diary? You could even sign up to an online support forum where you chat with other people who are feeling like you; that way, you can write down your thoughts and get support and advice from other people, all while remaining anonymous.

Let it all out!

4. Talk to a friend

Take your best friend out for a drink or a bite to eat and let them know how you’re feeling. If you can confide in somebody close and spread the load, you’ll be more likely to relax and feel better about your situation. And, if friends and family know that you’re not feeling your best, they’ll be able to offer you some reassurance and support.

5. Eat

Feeling down in the dumps is the perfect excuse for a treat. Choose your favourite restaurant or fast food outlet and stop by for a tasty meal with your friends – and forget about the calories for one night. Fatty and sugary foods like burgers and chocolates are known to give your brain a boost and improve your mood, so what are you waiting for!?

Nobody feels 100% every day of the week, but if you’re worried that you’re feeling down in the dumps, then these tips should help. Please remember to seek the help of a friend or mental health professional if your mood doesn’t improve in time.

Written by J

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