Some mornings I wake up, and I don't want to get out of bed. I've got the blues; there's no denying it. Therefore, I want to curl up in bed for the whole day.
The blues are an unpredictable dark mood- it's almost as if a weather front has suddenly moved into your house. However, it's essential to have plans at the ready if the blues want to spend the day.
Here are proven strategies to blow the blues away;
1.Get out of bed
It's pretty simple and one of the most important things you can do in the morning.
Make it a habit to wake up early and preferably at the same time- even on weekends.
Of course, you won't feel like it, but you need to push yourself. This regularity helps your body function more naturally, and consequently, you're likely to feel better.
Draw the curtains to let the sunlight in. Better yet, go outside and bask in the sun. Without a doubt, the sunshine will brighten your day, elevate your mood, and increase your energy.
A walk in nature is an excellent way to change your mood as you see the clear skies, hear the running water, feel the wind in your face, and smell the fresh air. Consequently, it's an excellent opportunity for you to feel connected with the world around you.
In other words, a brief interaction with nature eases the gloomy phase and improves your mood.
When you are focused on other things, you're able to quiet down voices in your head. Consequently, it helps if you are active in any way. That is gardening, taking a walk, riding a bike, going on a hike, doing yoga, or working out.
A recent study conducted by the Duke University Medical Center showed that mild aerobic exercise is equivalent to undergoing antidepressant medication. In other words, exercising is a proven number ONE natural stress reliever.
Besides, exercising gets the blood flowing and keeps you mentally alert. A 10-minute workout might be all you need.
4.Treat yourself to a fun time
Try to play energetic or happy music as you cook, dress or relax. Upbeat songs lighten the mood. They help lift your spirits and subsequently break out the blue phase.
Similarly, you can play sudoku puzzles or binge-watch your favorite comedy to wait out the mood. By the time you're done, the blues will have disappeared. Trust.
5.Talk to Someone
When you have the blues, it's almost apparent you'll want to avoid people- with good reason. However, though you're feeling out of sorts and low, avoiding other people will make you feel lonely and demoralized.
Therefore, reach out to a friend or loved one. Talking to someone can help you find solutions and gain perspective on issues you're going through.
Besides, you can call or facetime your relatives to catch up and share a few laughs.
Importantly, reach out to other people regardless of whether you'll discuss your feelings or not. Interacting with others will help kick the blues away.
Firstly, you have no clue what's going on behind the scenes of other people's lives.
That neighbor who is always smiling gets the blues. That friend who always seems happy, chances are he gets the blues more often than you think. In other words, everyone experiences the blues, and the quote, "Comparison is the thief of joy," stands.
Importantly, you'll never be fully satisfied if you compare yourself to others. Instead, practice gratitude. You have a lot to be grateful for; you just haven't taken inventory.
There's no one-way solution to getting out of a funk. You need to experiment and find out what works for you.
These strategies are proven to solve the blues. However, if you feel heavy or in a dark mood for weeks at a time, it could be a sign of depression, and you need to seek professional advice earnestly.