There are times in almost everyone’s life where we might struggle with feeling somewhat lower than usual. In particular, we have been through such a strange period where most of our ‘normal’ lives have been put on hold or changed indefinitely. We have had limited access to other people, including our families, forcing many into complete isolation. We haven’t been able to exercise in our usual ways. We’ve had routines totally broken. We’ve lived a lot of monotony. And we’ve done all of it with some fear in the back of our minds that there is a serious threat to our health and to that of our loved ones.
So it has highlighted more than ever the difficulty we can face when it comes to feeling our best and fortunately, there is more focus on the need to feel good and the support that is available to facilitate it. We’ve put together our favourite ways to fight feeling down so if you find yourself struggling from time to time, take a look, and they may help:
Undertake some exercise
When you don’t feel your best, exercising can often be the last thing you want to do. But if you just force yourself, you will be amazed at what it can do in terms of turning your mood around. And not just because you can feel pleased with yourself, but there is actual science to support it! Exercising releases endorphins into your bloodstream, which are the hormones which make you feel happy. So it really will give you a lift.
Sleep it off
Being tired can genuinely impact your mood, making you feel cranky or grumpy. If you were already struggling, fatigue could exacerbate this hugely. Getting a good night’s sleep will assist in this, but that can be easier said than done. Working out can aid sleep as can staying away from devices before bed, practising some mindfulness or meditation and even setting your bedroom up in the right way can all help you sleep better and lead to a happier self.
Talk it out
The power of communication should never be underrated. Sometimes saying what is bothering you out loud, or even simply that you don’t feel your best might give feelings of relief to have just acknowledged your mindset. If things get really bad, there are professionals who can help, but the first step is just starting to talk about it.
Choose the right fuel
What you put inside your body can make a massive difference to how you feel. Poor quality foods with too much salt, sugar and fats and highly processed foods will make your digestive system feel sluggish, and you won’t have enough energy and blood sugars can spike and crash all resulting in negative feelings. Eat the right things to sufficiently fuel your body and your mood should be better.
Try something new
Getting even a little out of your comfort zone can make you feel exhilarated, and if you manage any success in your chosen activity, a sense of achievement could give you the boost you need.
There are many healthy ways to feel a little better, so try these first. And if they don’t work, seeking medical advice could be your much-needed next step – don’t suffer in silence.