Taking death, major house moves, financial debt and life changing health situations out of the equation, it’s normally the daily grind that gets us down, isn’t it? The niggles of life or worries about getting older which lead to a downward spiral where we can wallow in our own little vale of misery.
Often it’s because we feel we’re failing somehow. Failing in our career or in our job, not hitting the mark as a wife, as a mother, or failing at life in general as society dictates. Perhaps it’s realising we’re not as fit or as agile as we used to be and we feel our bodies are failing us.
If you give your work everything you’ve got, you might ‘get ahead’, or earn a bigger salary, and there again you might not, but there are no reasonable yard arms to measure getting ahead in ‘life’. Anyway, what is getting ahead in life? Having a big house and a big car, having a million friends on Facebook, or being a Saint?
But if we love life, and if we love ourselves and those around us, there can be no failure. There is no win and lose at life.
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7 Simple things to do when you’re feeling down
So if you’re in a funk today be kind to yourself. Just enjoy who you are; the one and only unique you.
- Go for a walk in the sunshine (if you’re in Australia or living somewhere hot don’t forget a hat and suncream) and let the energy of the sun lift you up.
- Or put on a coat, breathe in the cooler air in the Northern Hemisphere and notice the leaves that have fallen from the trees. Remind yourself that new leaves will grow next year, and you too will survive this low and bloom again.
- Touch your toes and look at the world from upside down – believe me, it will make you laugh and this helps!
- Call a friend who makes you laugh and shout her a coffee. Be energised by laughter.
- Indulge in a little pampering.
- Go and get sand, sea or grass between your toes.
- Buy a bunch of flowers and give them to someone who’s having a harder time than you. Just Because. And you’ll be reminded that compassion has a funny way of making you feel much better too.
Sometimes we take life so so seriously, when really as always we should just be enjoying the moment. Changing the way we look at the small things will have an impact on the bigger issues. Just like Pat Flynn says above.
Enjoy this moment, and enjoy being you.
Do tell – what tips do you have for picking yourself up when you’re feeling down?
Until next time,