7 Things You Can Do To Cheer Yourself Up When Feeling Down

Written by: Emily Cordz

Everyone has those times when they are sad, lonesome or just generally not happy. While occasionally having these feelings is part of being a normal human being, they aren’t the highlight of most people’s days. Below are a few things to do to cheer yourself up when the blues strike.

1.) Sing and Dance

When you were a kid you sand and danced around not because you were the next big thing, but because it made you happy. As adults we sometimes forget how much fun such a simple thing can be. Next time you’re feeling doomy gloomy, put on some favorite tunes and sing and dance around till your heart’s content. This works best for most people if you can find some private space to really let go without feeling self conscious.

2.) Connect with Friends

Good friends are the perfect antidote to a bad day. Meeting up is often the most fun, but that doesn’t always work with your busy schedules. If that is the case, give them a call and have a nice chat over the phone. You can choose to let your friend know you’re feeling down. They’ll probably commiserate a bit and then move on to more enjoyable topics that will have you grinning ear to ear by the time you two hang up.

3.) Watch a Favorite Movie

Sometimes just tuning out of the world and losing yourself in another can be all you need to snap out of the doldrums.  Pop in a favorite moves (or show) and then sit back and enjoy. If your favorite movie is a serious drama, you might want to pick a more lighthearted variety to watch. Alternatively a good book can also do wonders for improving your mood.

4.) Engage in a Hobby

Hobbies are something you choose to do because you enjoy them. This makes them great mood enhancers when you’re feeling less then chipper. If you can things of a way to share your hobby with others, that can improve your outlook even more. Maybe your hobby is baking. Share your baked goods with friends or neighbors to bring a smile to their face as well as yours. It will make the euphoric feelings last longer.

5.) Exercise

Many people approach exercise like a chore no one wants to do but they know they should. While it can be difficult to get going, you always feel better after a good workout, because, to quote Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Your choice of exercise could be anything from a brisk walk around the block, lifting weights, pole dancing or even just playing with your kids at the park.

6.) Clean/Organize

Most of us have piles that we keep meaning to go through or places we really need to clean but never do. While cleaning is probably the last thing on your mind when you’re down, it can make you feel better. Often our unhappiness is exacerbated by the clutter and mess in our homes. It makes life feel more suffocating and uncontrollable, but when you clean out some of that clutter you regain a feeling of control, which can really cheer you up.

7.) Wallow for a Bit

This final suggestion works for some, while others find it too difficult to stick to their time restraints. What you do is determine a set time limit, anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes is good, during which you will just wallow in your discontentment. If you are with friends, you all can commiserate and complain together instead. When your time limit is up, that’s it. You stop worrying or obsessing, or moping about whatever it was that was bringing you down and just move on. This lets you process some of those unhappy emotions instead of just distracting yourself from them.

There are many things to do to cheer yourself up. Depending on the situations one technique will work better than another, so it is a good idea to keep a few different methods in your arsenal of cheer up techniques.

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I have two goals every day, learn something new and write. If I have done that much, then it has been a good day. I have been a fitness instructor for 12 years and enjoy helping others discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I like to learn at least a little about everything with my current focus being on wild foods, crafting, yoga and travel.