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Feeling Down? Try These Tips to Lift Yourself Up

Feeling Down? Try These Tips to Lift Yourself Up

If you’re going through a stressful period in your life, you may need to make an extra effort to stay upbeat. While serious issues like depression require a doctor’s care, there are some small things you can do to maintain a good mood even during challenging times.

Make a gratitude list
It’s easy to forget some of the blessings we all experience in life. Making a gratitude list every morning can remind you — and keep you from getting down when you experience daily challenges.

Stay connected with family and friends
Being social can be a great mood booster. Learn how to build your social network.

Keep a journal
Sometimes writing down what you’re feeling can help you feel better, especially if you’re experiencing worry or anxiety. Once you write down any negative thoughts, make an effort to “let go” of them. Daily journaling can also help you identify triggers for negative thinking and learn how to avoid them.

Stay active
Exercise is an effective way to increase your body’s natural feel-good chemicals. If you can’t do strenuous activity, consider stretching, walking or yoga.

Get outdoors
Whether you’re hiking, gardening or simply sitting outside, getting out in nature — especially during sunny weather — can also improve your mood.

Help others
Volunteering, or simply lending words of encouragement to a friend, can be a great way to stay positive and build your self-esteem at the same time.

We all go through difficult times in life. That’s why it’s important to remember that you do have some control over your happiness and wellbeing. With just a few small acts of kindness toward yourself and others, you can stay positive and weather your challenges.