Getting through a “down day”
October 8, 2017
Everyone has a day once in awhile where they feel down. Don’t you?
I have noticed that I’m more likely to feel down if there is any combination of these things:
- I’m tired or haven’t been sleeping well
- I haven’t been eating well
- Recent event that triggered “old” feelings
- When I’m not exercising regularly
- I am worried about something and don’t know what to do about it
- When I lose sight of my purpose and values, I forget what is important
- Little or no focus on things I’m grateful for
I’m sure there could be a million reasons. Enough about those.
What do we do once we are already in the funk?
Here are some things to remember and options for dealing:
- It won’t last forever, even if it might feel like it.
- You can use the power of distraction – movies, friends, nature, anything to get your mind focused elsewhere for a bit.
- Do some work and get to the “why” that’s underneath the funk. There’s a reason. Oftentimes, once we identify that, we are empowered and the funk dissipates.
- You can absolutely wallow in it if you want to do that. And also ask yourself: “How long do I want to stay here?” This helps the power and responsibility on you to use your ability to choose.
- Make yourself a super nutritious meal or shake. Sometimes this alone will help me feel better.
- Take a nap to reset your mind.
- Plan something exciting or fun just for you.
- Got a hobby? Throw yourself into it. Don’t have one yet? Start asking yourself what you’d love to try.
- Anything self-care related. What are some of your favorite ways to recharge and take care of you?
- Talk it out. Working through feelings aloud can help us process.
- Journal it! Similar to suggestion above.
- Do math. Studies have shown that using this part of the brain, because of how it’s wired, in a problem-solving mode makes it difficult to stay in the emotional spiral.
- Avoid things that you know will make your mood worse!
This post is focused on the once-in-awhile off days. If you struggle with feeling down a lot, please seek a professional to help guide you and construct a therapy plan tailored to you. Please refer to the Resources page on our website.