6 Ways To Beat The Blues

How do you beat the blues? How do you cheer yourself up? Click through for 6 solid ideas that will get you out of any bad mood!
We all get the blues sometimes, right? Not real, actual Depression but we feel mope-y. Ill at ease. Listless and bored and without direction. How do we beat the blues? I favor a strong cup of coffee and a shower. Vanessa has even better advice than that for us!
Lately I’ve felt glum and frustrated. It’s as though the daily grind is wearing down my resolve and leaving me exhausted. Janis Joplin called this feeling the “Kozmic Blues.” We’re all touched by the blues every now and then, but there are lots of ways to break out of this slump.

6 ways to beat the blues

Lower your expectations

Many of us focus deeply on what we feel we ‘should’ be doing. We expect that our days should be filled with productive tasks. We believe that we should be perpetually gorgeous, with perfect relationships and successful careers. In reality though, it’s incredibly difficult to accomplish all these things at once.

You’re going to have evenings when you opt for take away and telly over a healthy meal and work. And that’s O.K. Lower your expectations to a more realistic level, and feel the tension shift.

Change the way you talk to yourself

It’s hard to feel good about yourself when your inner voice is talking trash. Carefully consider the way you speak to yourself. Pepper your self-talk with words of encouragement. Speak to yourself the way you’d talk to your closest friend. Click To Tweet

Make a ta-da list

A major symptom of the blues is feeling overwhelmed by a never- ending to-do list. When you always have a list of tasks you’re yet to accomplish, it can seem like you’re not getting anywhere. I combat this by making a ta-da list: a list of what you’ve accomplished that day. This will illustrate how much progress you’re actually making.

Disregard other people’s expectations

Often, focusing on what people expect of us can generate anxiety. We can begin to feel crushed under the weight of expectation. It’s important to disentangle yourself from these pressures. In your life, the only person you have to answer to is you.

So, next time you feel caught up in what another person thinks of you, ask yourself how you feel about the situation. Always remember that in your life, your needs are paramount, and you are the person who best knows how to meet those needs.

Treat yourself

When we have so many responsibilities, it can begin to feel like we’re losing touch with ourselves. Make the time each day to do something especially for you. It could be wearing a piece of jewelry that makes you feel incredible or taking a wonderful book to read during your lunch hour. Whatever it is, carve out a bit of time each day to do something that makes you feel like ‘you’.

Related: 23 ways to treat yourself without buying or eating anything

Be patient

The best things in life take time to develop. When you’re feeling down though, you might just wish these things would hurry up and get here already! Be patient, and remind yourself that things that happen over time tend to last longer than instantaneous changes. Reassure yourself that each day brings you closer to that coveted dream.

But I want to hear from you! How do you deal with temporary bad moods? 

P.S. 101 ways to cheer yourself up!

photo by Bagus Ghufron // cc

7 Comments

And Kathleen

When I'm sad I pretend like I'm Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation. It makes my melancholy kind of fabulous. From a more psychological perspective I would say it's a good way to observe my emotions without becoming consumed by them.

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Kit

When I'm feeling blue, I feel exhausted and have to drag myself through the day. I usually find being a little indulgent and letting myself have a lazy weekend involving lots of sleep, sad films to make me cry, happy films to cheer me up and some reading or baking (a small achievable project) tends to put me at rights. I also like to tidy small pockets of my flat or finish small tasks that have been on my to-do list for too long so I feel like things are fresh and new again. I love the idea of a ta-da list! I might try that one tonight for fun 🙂

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Sadie

This is perfect timing. I was sitting frowning at my to-do list that is getting longer and longer. A Ta-Da list sounds like a brilliant idea. Remind myself that I am in fact achieving stuff! Beat the blues!

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Melissa

I Done This (idonethis.com) is a great way to keep track of your ta-da lists on a day-to-day basis. It feels so good to get an email reminder every evening asking me to list what I've done, and then being able to go back as many days or weeks as I want and see all the things I've done lately. Really helps with the "what am I doing with myself? I'm accomplishing nothing!" blues.

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Zoe

What a brilliant post, really resonates with me right now. We put ourselves under so much pressure to be great at everything, do everything, look good all of the time that it's so easy to get down and feel like we're burning out.

I love that this advice is simple and practical – it can totally be achieved without adding extra pressure to daily life. Small changes are often the best.

And I really like the idea of a ta-da list!

Thanks Sarah and Vanessa 🙂

Zoe xoxo

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