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8 Things To Do If You Are Feeling Sad

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8 Things To Do If You Are Feeling Sad

 

There is nothing wrong or unusual with feeling sad from time to time. The problem is when sadness grows and you feel like you just want to go to bed and put the covers over your head. Everyone is different and sadness can be triggered by many reasons.

Where you work can perhaps make you feel sad, your current financial situation can make you feel sad, the relationship that you are in might unfortunately make you feel sad. I am one of those people that if I look out the window in the morning and it is dark and raining, I sometimes feel sad. Do you ever feel sad but you just cannot put your finger on the reason why? Or do you ever feel sad and under the weather and you cannot seem to lift your spirits and be yourself again? I have found the following simple tips great ways to stop me from feeling sad and have me feeling happier in no time.

1. Write it down

The habit of journaling has many positive benefits. One of them being getting what is troubling you or feeling sad out of your head and down on paper. I find that the more that I think about a problem, the more my mind usually magnifies the situation. By writing down in your journal what is troubling you or making you feel sad, it will free up space in your head to help you to think clearer and more rationally to come up with a positive solution.

2. Exercise

I exercise a few times a week for a number of reasons. I want to improve my level of fitness, stay in shape and I also want to improve my mood and overall well-being. Regular exercise has been shown to be a great way to boost your mood and reduce stress levels. If you are feeling sad or a little bit down, go for a walk around the block or dust off those dumbells under the bed. Get the heart rate going and give yourself a boost of serotonin to lift your mood. You will be feeling better after a few minutes.

3. Take Action

Sometimes when you are feeling sad it can seem hard to motivate yourself to be productive and take action. A great way to give yourself a positive boost is to write out a new set of short, medium and long-term goals for yourself that will excite you and have you feeling better and motivated. The quicker that you go from feeling defeated and sad to being an action taker, the better you will start to feel about yourself.

4. Get Busy

I am not the biggest fan of doing housework, but if I am feeling down or a little sad, I find a great way to clear my head is to start cleaning my apartment. I put my favourite music on in the background and clean until everything sparkles. You can perhaps pick a room in your house and start clearing out old stuff that you no longer use. Keeping yourself busy can have a wonderful therapeutic effect, with the added bonus of having a clean and tidy home.

5. Help Others

When you are feeling sad, a great way to lift your mood is to help others. Maybe you could help someone in work with a presentation? Help a neighbor carry their groceries. Help your partner cook the dinner. A great way to help ourselves is to offer to help others first.

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6. Look After Yourself

A wonderful way to lift your spirits is to pamper yourself. Put aside some time to run a nice bubble bath, put on a facemask and chill out. I actually wrote the first half of this article with a homemade facemask on (coffee, honey, milk, lemon and cocoa). When I washed it off, I gave my skin an extra treat by using a Jade massage roller. I might not look any younger, but I just feel better about myself already. Looking after yourself also includes drinking enough water throughout the day and eating well.

7. Have A Laugh

Most of us have one of those special friends that can have us laughing after a few minutes of meeting them. Give them a call and meet them for a coffee and a good laugh. Laughter is a great cure if you are feeling sad. Perhaps you can watch your favorite comedy movie that cracks you up laughing every time that you watch it. Try to surround yourself by people and situations that will lift your mood.

8. Meditate

I must admit, I find it quite hard to meditate. I relax, focus on my breathing and try to clear my head. Instead a thousand different thoughts come flooding into my head. I have found a great way for me to meditate and to relax is to sit on my couch, switch on my Himalayan salt lamp and use my Tibetan singing bowl for a few minutes. I feel totally relaxed, and chilled out. Do whatever works for you. Meditation is a great habit to add to your daily routine, even if only for a few minutes each morning.

While the above tips will not prevent you from feeling sad. They may help you to get through how you are feeling. If the tips above do not help you, please talk to someone or seek further help. Close friends and family are a great source of comfort and help if you are feeling sad. Don’t try to bottle up your sadness. Eventually it will build up and manifest itself in some way or another. I have used all of the above tips when I have felt sad and they have helped me. I hope that if you are unfortunately feeling sad at the moment, they also will help you too.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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