How do you brighten up your mood after a long day? Feeling a little down despite having a ton of sleep? Feeling sluggish continuously for weeks?
This lack of energy makes you feel like you are going down the slippery slope of low vitality and liveliness. At any stage of life, we can be in that downward spiral. Here are the 6 ways to cheer up when I am feeling a little down every now and then.
Say “YES” more often
Do you have the habit of turning invitations down? If you are like me, you are probably waiting for that perfect moment when you are in a cheerful mood and full of energy. I could understand that at times, you are drained out and you do not feel like having a good time. Despite that, it is the perfect time to say “Yes” to your partner, family and friends.
For example, I am totally exhausted from a long day of work. A friend calls for a quick chat over coffee. My first response is, “I’ve had a long day, I prefer to head home and get some rest.” After a little persuasion, I relented and went out dragging my feet. After half an hour, connecting with my friend to catch up about life and just having a fun time. Just the spark I needed for the day. So I realize that after a while into the conversation, my energy level is back up despite being tired earlier. I wonder to myself, why did I not accept the invitation earlier. What do you do if you have no plans?
Be proactive, plan fun
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But when was the last time you had fun? Been working day in and day out? Be proactive to plan fun around your week, month and year. Plan for a recharge. Take that holiday that you always wanted. Don’t wait for life to happen to you. Create moments and memories. That is what life is about.
When you are 80 years old, would you remember the huge project that you were working on or the moments that you spent with your family & friends?
Plan for variety
We humans are efficient in living our lives to the point that we prioritize only the necessary to take care of the basic needs of food and shelter. Despite that, we need variety. We need new stimulus to think in a new perspective, a new angle. This would change our outlook on life.
Think of volunteering in a local charity, picking up a new hobby, learning to play a musical instrument. This would give you a different social circle and we need human relationships not only to survive but to thrive.
Listen to your favorite music
As you would already know, music can lift your mood. Do you remember a time when a certain track that brings back pleasant memories? Play it.
Create a playlist that uplifts your mood. Yes, it can work in reverse when you are down, so be extra careful to choose your happy inducing playlist.
Exercise elevates the secretion of happy hormones, dopamine. How long have you been sedentary? Think of small steps, just stepping out of the house would brighten your outlook.
Push yourself a little more and you will get the health benefits which improves the way you look at yourself.
This is highly dependent on your personal preference. Try a cup and see whether it is your choice as an energy booster.
We want to be happy all the time, but we need to accept the downs that comes with life. Here with the 6 ways to cheer up, you could minimize the down time and enjoy your life.
However, if you have a persistent feelings of sadness for a two week period or more that you cannot shake off, look out for clinical depression.
Seek professional help if you have 5 or more symptoms below.
- Depressed mood, such as feeling sad, empty or tearful (in children and teens, depressed mood can appear as constant irritability)
- Significantly reduced interest or feeling no pleasure in all or most activities
- Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite (in children, failure to gain weight as expected)
- Insomnia or increased desire to sleep
- Either restlessness or slowed behavior that can be observed by others
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt
- Trouble making decisions, or trouble thinking or concentrating
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a suicide attempt