Recently I was in a slump. My thoughts were negative, my anxiety level was high, and my motivation level was low. My mood was bad and getting worse. I needed a quick fix. I had to raise my vibes, stat!
Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where the sun is always shining, the news is always good, everybody always feels like dancing (is that just me?!) and our moods and vibes are always high? As hard as we try to keep our vibrational levels up, everybody hits a low sometimes. When those lows hit, here are ten surefire, bad-mood-killing, vibe-raising, quick fixes!
- Tune out technology- With all the negative news stories dominating the headlines, it’s almost impossible to turn on the TV, or even glance at the newspaper without being flooded with negativity, disasters or plain old bad news. The best way to deal with all of that negativity is to turn it off and tune it out. I’m not saying walk around with your head in the sand, but there is no need to inundate yourself with the bleakness of the news. If you want to be informed, or learn about something…read a book!
- Take a break from Social Media- More and more studies are being done on the effects of online social networking and depression. As much as we love to check Facebook, Twitter, and every other social network site as often as possible, researchers are starting to see a correlation between heavy social media use and depression. Although there are some positive benefits of connecting on Social Media, if you are feeling in a slump now is the time to ditch it for a while. In fact, if you want an even faster frequency jump, put down the phone and proceed to tip #3!
- Talk to a friend- The best way to pull yourself out of a funk is to talk to someone…preferably face-to-face with a real person! Not someone online, not via social media (remember, you shouldn’t be on social media right now anyway) but a real person. Meet up for coffee, go for a walk, bring your kids to the park, and just talk. Do not spend your time talking about all the reasons you are in a funk. Talk about good stuff, happy things, reconnect, catch up, enjoy being with your friend!
- Get out in nature- When you are feeling down, the quickest, easiest pick-me-up that you can do anytime, almost anywhere, is to go outside. Sit outside and breathe in the fresh air. Go outside and take a walk in nature. Anything you can do outside and in nature will be a benefit to your overall wellbeing.
- Move your body- Do some exercise. Take a walk, go for a run, ride your bike, do some yoga, chase your dog, dance around the house, anything that gets your body moving and your heart pumping. You will be surprised what 20 minutes of moving your body can do for your mood.
- Meditate- If you are new to meditation, or if you have a hard time quieting your mind try and find a good guided meditation. I love the Stop Breathe and Think app, but there are countless guided meditations out there. Studies show that even 5 minutes of meditation per day can decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
- Play with an animal- Animals are the best examples of living in the moment. Spend some time playing with your dog, petting your cat, visit a local animal shelter, find a way to just be around an animal. There are many reasons why animals are used for therapy. Spend some time with an animal and you’ll quickly see why.
- Breathe- When you feel down and are in a funk, take a minute to notice your breath. Take a deep breath in for a count of five, hold it for a count of five, and breathe back out for a count of five. Do this for a minute or two and see how you feel. Repeat as often as needed.
- Have an attitude of gratitude– Make a list of all of the things you are thankful for in your life. If you have food in your belly, and a bed to sleep on than you are already off to a good start. People, pets, coffee, once you start writing the list will get easier and easier and your mood will become better and better. Gratitude is a magical thing!
- Do something good for someone else– I saved the best for last because the absolute best way to raise your frequency is to do something good for someone else. Do a random act kindness for a neighbor, friend or even a stranger. Making someone else feel better will most definitely make you feel better too!
Next time you are feeling low, take a minute to acknowledge your feelings, then pick one (or more) of these quick fixes. You’ll be ready to lace up your dancing shoes and be back to good vibrations in no time!