Everyone has experienced a sad or low day. You know, those days when you’re contemplating the meaning of your existence or not feeling the most positive about your circumstances. Some people have these days more often than others but when we do have them we need to do our best to get through them.
What are the cause of these dark days? The answer to that could be anything. It could be something as simple as being tired, your diet or negative thought patterns to chemical/ hormonal imbalance.
It’s worth it to identify and track the circumstances that lead to these low days if your are noticing that they are becoming more frequent, prolonged or intense. Are there problems in your life that are making you feel hopeless? Speaking to a doctor and professional therapist can help narrow down the cause of your low days. Speak to a naturopath or dietician if you feel like it is connected to your diet and lifestyle.
On these types of days you do not want to do things that will aggravate how you are already feeling. While it’s tempting to turn off your mind and scroll through instagram this can potentially make you feel worse. We all have the head knowledge that social media is often a place of very carefully curated and edited photos and moments presented to look like one’s best life but when you’re having a sad day it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you have nothing to live for. It can make you feel extra lonely as you compare yourself to the perfect images of other peoples’ lives and accomplishments.
You also don’t want to reach for your favorite sugary or salty snack and begin bingeing. Although it may provide some initial relief, the guilt or the later effects can be more harm than good. Sugar highs and lows can exacerbate low feelings in your mood and salty snacks may create other physical issues.
There are a few quick pick me ups that you can put into practice to help make it through days when you’re not feeling as energetic or when you find your mind consumed with problems. Reconnecting with Nature with a walk in the forest or barefoot on some greenery. Checking in with friend and looking for a new hobby can help. Exercise is a great way to boost your mood granted you are able to motivate yourself to begin when you feel like this. Try eating some mood boosting nutrient rich food and taking time out to sleep or rest. You may find that you emerge feeling better by the next day. Taking time to connect with a spiritual mentor or pastor and taking time to pray, worship and meditate on scripture is a purposeful way of refocusing your mind on healing and peace.
What do you do to feel better when you are having a low day?