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8 Things To Do If You Are Feeling Sad

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7 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 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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