When I feel bad, I often tend to do other things that make me feel even worse. Like eating a lot of candy, not getting off the couch, getting to bed early (which often turns out to be a good thing) or feeling sorry for myself. Even though I’d love to say that this helps and that it is all ‘part of the process’, it’s not. It makes me feel worse. Fortunately, I’ve become kind of a specialist at feeling better in a matter of minutes and I’d love to share my tips with you. If you don’t want to spend your days moping around, but want to feel better NOW: read on!
Can you feel better?
If you feel bad, on the outside it has often little to do with physical stuff. You feel stressed out over work, you feel bad because you let someone down, you feel bad because you said ‘Yes’, while you should’ve said no, and so on. Feeling bad often takes place between your ears. But … that doesn’t mean that we have to fix it there!
Scientific research shows that there are quite a lot of physical aspects to happiness. If we help other people, the activity in our brains and body increases. And if you smile while you aren’t happy, you can even fool your mind and and feel better in an instance.
10 Foolproof ways to feel better in minutes
So, without further ado, here’s the list of things I do when I want to feel better in just a matter of minutes!
- Smile! As I mentioned before, the simple act of smiling lightens your mood, even if you have nothing to smile about
- Jump up and down. Increasing your energy level is a great way to reset yourself. Besides that; being active also gives a more accomplished feeling. I often do this when I start to procrastinate
- Drink water. Drinking water always makes me feel very healthy, and if I feel that way, I want to do other things that are good for me. And of course, it is healthy!
- Planking. OK, to be honest: I don’t really like doing this, but if I really need a reset, I will go planking for 30 or 60 seconds. Just getting down to do it makes me feel proud.
- Go outside. Especially on a sunny day; just getting some fresh air.
- Go for a walk. It’s exercise and fresh air all into one. Does it get any better?
- Read. Sometimes, I find it really hard to focus. And Netflix is calling my name. However, if I resist the urge to lay down and watch Netflix, and pick up a book, it will make me feel better.
- Listening to happy music. And singing along. Way too loud. But hey, as long as it isn’t 24/7 …
- Watch a funny video. Especially one with cats. This is a tricky one though, since it is also a procrastination enabler.
- Meet someone or plan something. If you have something to look forward to, you’ll instantly feel better.
What is your foolproof way to reboot and feel better?