No one is happy all of the time and it can be difficult to find hope of something better when you're feeling down. Finding ways to improve your attitude can help you to get through and shorten those dark times.
"This too shall pass."
This is an age-old saying and it's good to keep in mind, whether you're feeling down or celebrating. Tomorrow is a new day, and you can make of it whatever you want!
It's good to have a goal, but don't fall into the trap of saying, 'I'll be happy when I've lost this weight...or quit smoking...or made a fortune'. Everyone has obstacles and blessings, make sure to be thankful for what you have and that the bad things aren't any worse.
It's human nature to put off unpleasant things. If there's something hanging over your head, it will only make you more stressful. Force yourself to deal with something that needs to be dealt with. Regardless of the outcome, you'll feel better knowing what you need to do to get past your problems.
Serenity and Courage
We all know this phrase, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change those I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
With some introspection, you can identify the problems you can change and start to take steps toward overcoming them. Even if the process will be long and hard, it will help your frame of mind considerably to be actively pursuing the solution.
Try Starting An Exercise Regimen
Whether you want to lose weight or not, getting exercise is a healthy activity that can make you feel better almost immediately. When you have a good workout, your body will release endorphins, which just naturally make you feel better. The routine shouldn't be boring or you'll dread ever doing it again. Dancing is an excellent exercise that is fun and good for you!
Get Involved With Other People.
I cannot stress this step enough. I once heard a study result that working women were generally healthier than homemakers. While you may agree or disagree with this point based on your experience, the more you are involved with other people, the better you will probably feel. After all, humans are very social creatures. Your problems can seem much more manageable when you help someone else with theirs.
Fake It Til You Make It
When you're out in public, don't walk with your head down or with a sullen look on your face, even if that is how you feel. Greet people with a smile or a joke, or ask them how they are - they might be feeling a little down themselves. When you sense that you've lifted someone else's spirits, your mood will improve even more!
Find a Good Sounding Board
Whether you find solace through prayer, or you feel a need to talk to people, establish a relationship with someone you can trust and will listen to your problems. If you just can't seem to find anyone to fit the bill, try starting a blog to blow off some steam.Ā Once you express your feelings, take a deep breath and let it go - it's time to shift your attention back to positive thoughts.
I am also an emphatic supporter of laughter.Ā It can help you think more clearly, have more energy and improve your overall health. So, read a funny book, watch a funny movie or tell a friend a funny joke - you'll both be all the richer for it.
"Laughter rises out of tragedy, when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage."