7 Ways to Feel Better

23/4/2013

I spent most of this past weekend feeling pretty ‘blech’ thanks to a cold which has insisted on swooping its unwelcome little tush in to my life, and plonking right down in the middle of my massive ‘to-do’ list.

I’m taking it as a sign I should probably slow down a little though, which I have actually been doing. The nap quota has been upped, herbal tea is being downed by the gallon, and many an episode of Game of Thrones has been watched. But feelings of general ‘blech-ness’ have been wending their way in to me during this time, and it got me thinking about my ‘go-to’ ways to pep me up and feel better.

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I have some of them written on a note in my phone, which I flick to in times of need, so I thought I’d share a few of my ‘tried and trues’. And I’d love to hear what yours are too, so please pop them in the comments below.

1. Write it down (aka journalling)

List out the feelings, the ickiness, the blech, let it all flow out on to a piece of paper. Try doing a stream of consciousness, where you let it all out without censoring or editing. No one’s going to read it! Once you think you’ve got it all out, sit with it for a bit. Re-read what you’ve written and see if there’s anything else that needs to come out. Write it down as it comes.

Now rip it up and throw it out (recycle if possible!), and with it, release the negativity you’re holding in to the ether. Hand over your concerns and worries to the universe. A little miracle happens when you do this. You get out of your own way and things tend to ‘right’ themselves. The person you’ve been trying to get a hold of will call or email you out of the blue, a situation you’ve been stressing about solves itself, without you having to do anything. A great idea strikes and you’ll be flooded with renewed enthusiasm. There’s just something about letting your concerns and irritations leave you kinaesthetically, that really helps. And I think you’ll find that you feel markedly better after doing it.

You can also do this method with a slight twist, by listing out the issues or concerns, and then flipping them on their heads, to find the lesson and the positive in the situation. The insights from this might just blow your mind.

2. Have a Quickie (Meditation – but yes the other one works very well, too)

The benefits of a short meditation wherever you may be, are many. Find a quiet space, even if you have to lock yourself in the stationery cupboard or pantry for a minute. Close your eyes, place your right hand on your heart, and take five deep belly breaths, visualising that you’re breathing in white light which begins to pool in and around your heart space. Ease back to normal breathing, still focusing on the white light, and allowing it to envelope your entire body. Stay there for a few moments, and then ease your way back to reality. Instacalm.

3. Get on the Funnies

Make a list of the funniest clips you know on Youtube, and keep them bookmarked. Remember, these have to be ones that elicit audible guffaws from your pie hole, so make them really funny.

4. Scream

Seriously, try it. If the concern for your co-workers or family and friends is high, wait until you’re alone, grab a pillow or towel and just scream in to it. Ahhhhh.

5. Move your body (preferably in nature)

Go for a walk or run, or dance or do yoga. Move your body. Get your endorphins flowing. Even better if you can get outside. Take some deep breaths and marvel at the miracle that is mother nature. Earth yourself, and watch as your blechness makes way for deep peace and serenity.

6. Talk to a friend

Preferably one you trust, love and respect, and who truly listens to you. Even better if they can give you a hug.

7. Sleep

I cannot tell you the amount of times I’ve felt a bit frayed and on edge, all until I’ve been able to lie my head down for a nap or good long snooze. Stacking z’s cures such a myriad of ills. I’m a huge fan.

By my reckoning, whoever said don’t go to bed angry had it the wrong way around. I say, don’t attempt to reason or talk rationally through anything until you’ve had a nice, deep and sound sleep.

A final note, I do not advocate for ignoring or engaging in the art of misdirection when we feel down, and indeed we do ourselves a disservice to not sit with less-than-happy feelings to find out what’s truly at the bottom of them. These feelings are valuable signs to be learned from, and trying to paste a metaphorical smily face sticker over them will unlikely make them go away for long. But for general feelings of ‘blech’ these tips should be pretty helpful!

What do you think of my suggestions? Do you use any of these techniques when you’re suffering a case of the ‘blahs’? Care to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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16 comments :

  • Chelle

    Music!!

    After a recent stay in hospital I began to feel bluergh and get a bit stir crazy sitting on my own with no view to speak of.

    I donned my headphones and cranked some Ben Folds and did some crocheting for a good hour. Instantly my mood lifted, it was transformed into one of joy and wonder and sound!

    Even better if you sing along, not knowing/caring who can hear you of if you know the words or not.

    🙂

  • Christopher Fitch

    This is fab – thank you! I especially love the one about writing it down – I needed a good reminder about that technique. Merci Merci 🙂

  • Etta

    Love this! I always feel so much better after hiking- fresh air, physical activity and nature. I also love heading to the beach when I feel a bit down, I used to do this a lot during exams. Just watching the power of the waves reminded me that even if I got a terrible result the world would keep on moving, unaffected by my mark- and so could I!

  • Nicole

    Exercise really is the key – but it has to be gentle. Walking, yoga, swimming are my top choices.
    I also find reading to help as well, just getting lost in a story….
    The beach is also another favourite spot. Something about the salt air that just clears your head and invigorates you.

  • Daile Kelleher

    I absolutely agree with writing things down, although I struggle with throwing it away after (or recycling!) which can be a bad thing as my thoughts in those moods can be quite dark and re-reading can be a trigger. So I might have to take the advice of throwing my thoughts away once they are out of my head and on paper.

  • SJ

    I like to be on my own sometimes with a book and cup of tea. I don’t always feel like talking to someone. But reading / watching something funny is always helpful too. My picks – an episode of Friends, Damn You Autocorrect and the random articles on Buzzfeed. So much funny!
    I will try journalling – sounds like a winner!

    • Carly

      Fantastic suggestions, madam. Nothing like a good dose of Damn You Autocorrect, that definitely gets the tears of laughter running down my cheeks! xx

  • sue knight

    thnx gorgeous
    sit down and chat to my dog, he sets all to right again.
    Do something for someone else like make them laugh

    • Carly

      Yes! The therapy of having animals around – awesome suggestion. And I think aiming to make someone else laugh shortly leads to your own chortling! xx

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