Each one of us experiences a low-phase at some point of time. We place the blame on our circumstances, health or emotional proclivities. The truth is that there is only one person accountable for such bouts of grief, boredom, or depression: YOU!
Whenever I ask depressed acquaintances about their low-phase, I receive mixed responses such as:
- They are sad/bored/depressed because that’s the natural response they should display to the particular situation.
- They feel low because nothing remarkable is happening in their lives.
- They are feeling down because their feelings are hurt, and feeling hurt is the obvious reaction after getting hurt, isn’t it?
- They just want to be left alone in their misery. The only logical conclusion being that they somehow want to feel low.
Melodramatic television, depressing music, unhealthy eating habits, and minimal exercise are directly linked to a person’s mood. The effects of these habits may not be clear immediately, but let them run for a course of time, and they will begin to affect your emotional stability.
Most of the readers of Harsh’s blog (or as he likes to call them – Shouters) are people looking for online marketing guides, blog development ideas, and motivation to do those tasks. I am here to offer a little motivation –
motivation to the folks trapped in emotions which directly affect their productivity and working attitude.
Without further introduction, let us go over the five primary and necessary tips you can use in your low moments. They are simple and executable. I will not boast about their effectiveness, you can experience the results yourself.
How to Uplift your mood when you are Depressed:
1) Be Sad
Now that might have come as a surprise. The task of emotions is to display what you feel.
If you are feeling happy, display it. If you are feeling low, display it. What you need to understand is that the more you suppress your emotional energy, the more different ways it will find to escape through your body. In order to prevent sudden fits of emotions, you should allow yourself to feel your feelings.
So what’s the point of finding a solution to this issue?
The point of this first tip is to bring to your attention that you should always time your sadness, like timing your daily routine or timing your morning jog. Allow yourself to feel sad, but only for a few minutes. That’s it. No more.
When you give control to your mind, it will automatically start throwing positive thoughts into your conscience.
For the first two or three times, it will not occur naturally, but soon, you will begin to see that the moment you tell yourself: “I’ve been low for too long. It’s time to kick ass”, your brain will push you into optimism. This will positively affect your productivity!
This is another simple trick to get you out of that horribly depressing state. This might also be the easiest trick for some of you. Movement or motion distracts the brain from trivial moodiness.
Whenever you are feeling lethargic, bored, sad, or low – simply start walking. This is especially beneficial for those who are at a stationary job or in a stationary home environment. Sitting in one place for too long can cause a hindrance in blood and oxygen circulation, which, in turn, disturbs hormonal chemistry in the brain leading to bad moods and irritability.
If you’re up to it, go for a run or do a few quick exercises which will increase your heart rate.
Soon, you will feel a positive difference in your situation.
When you feel low, distract yourself. This trick will be tougher to implement because when you are down, that is where you are: down.
You don’t want to do anything.
Do something anyway.
Just force yourself into an activity that you know will uplift you. Watch television, play a game, call a friend, read a book, listen to music, take a walk, do those damned crunches.
However, indulge in uplifting activities. Most of us misunderstand this step. I will talk more about the misunderstandings in the last two tips.
Just remember to push yourself against the lethargy to break free from your state. This is an important trick to gain control of your raucous emotions.
4) Watch a Funny Episode
You may have heard that depressed people use television as a distraction. Well, we are not talking exclusively about depression, but television can aid in boosting your happy hormones all the same.
Sadly, some of the most loved programmes on television (Indian Tele) are often melodramatic. Melodrama is pumped and pressed without restriction – right from soap operas to popular reality shows.
The key here is to uplift your mood, which can only be done by switching to a comic episode. Pick out your favourite series. Watch it for some time.
Allow Indravadan Sarabhai, Barney Stinson, Sheldon Cooper, and Joey Tribbiani to dilute your bitter thoughts. Laugh with them. Laughter will ease your tension. You will attain clarity!
5) Listen to Upbeat Music
There is nothing worse than listening to depressing music during low moments. Some years ago, a friend had advised that listening to Rohan Rathore’s Emptiness would be beneficial in a sad situation. Only a fool would believe that listening to sad songs when sad and angry songs when angry helps one move on.
According to a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, sad music is emotionally damaging in depressing conditions. Remember, our aim is to get OUT of the low phase, not sucked into one. That is what sad songs do – they keep us ruminating about our sadness without offering a way out.
Yes, you might feel lonely and use sad music as a harmonious buddy. But it’s a trap. Literally!
Instead, listen to upbeat music. Listen to tunes that make you want to dance, that make you want to move around. Such songs will immediately transport you into a trance (doing the TV’s work), they will make your brain shoot more happy hormones, and they will boost your morale.
Everything is well when the morale is well.
It all boils down to what you want: do you want to take charge of your occasional storms, or do you want to be like the ones who indirectly say that they “like” to be sad? I hope these tips come in handy in your situation. You don’t have to follow them all. If you can, at the least, follow only one method and I can guarantee the results.
What do you have to say about these tips? Do you follow any of them? Do you think these methods will be any good for you? I am waiting for you in the comments. Let’s share!
[This article was published by George Felix on Shout Me Loud, one of Asia’s top blogs, on 18/05/2016]
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