Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. That’s why it’s important to show it a little TLC every so often.
It’s completely normal to feel a little down every now and again. Fortunately, there are things you can do to cheer yourself up. Here are 10 things you can do boost your mood next time you’re feeling a little blue:
1. Do something crafty – Studies show creative activities relieve stress and make you happy.
2. Go for a walk/bike ride – Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Bonus happy points if you go somewhere with beautiful scenery.
3. Turn on music and dance – Music makes you happy. Physical activity makes you happy. Being creative makes you happy. Win/Win/Win.
4. Write it down – Sometimes you just need to get all the bad feelings out and leave them on paper.
5. Talk to a friend or loved one – Call up (or better yet, meet up) with a friend. You don’t even necessarily have to talk about your feelings, just being around someone you know has the power to cheer you up with their sense of humor/presence can help.
6. Play with a pet – If you don’t have one, consider asking a friend if you can borrow their furry friend or visit your local Humane Society. Just petting an animal can help you feel less stressed and more loved.
7. Re-watch your favorite comedy – Grab your favorite movie treat and spend the day watching your favorite funny people.
8. Watch funny or inspiring Youtube videos – There’s an endless supply of ‘em. Re-watch ones you enjoy, browse for new ones or ask your friends to send you their favorites.
9. Be spontaneous – Do something you wouldn’t normally do. It doesn’t have to be anything big, even splurging on a new outfit from your favorite store or spending the day volunteering can create excitement in life.
10. Plan something to look forward to – Whether it’s the trip you’ve been wanting to go on for years or just spending a night with your friends. Plan something and write it down on the calendar; even if it’s a month or a year away. Just having something to look forward to significantly perk you up.
Hopefully one of these activities will help you ditch the gloomy mood. However, if you notice your depressed feelings last for days or weeks at a time, you should consult your doctor or mental health professional. There may be a medical reason you are feeling down, and you’ll want to address that as soon as possible.