2 Little Hacks When You Feel Down
Of course, one of the first steps is to accept that you feel down. When you know that it happens, it doesn’t freak you out anymore. Instead, you think like: now I start to go down the rabbit hole, but it, too, shall pass. Hence, accepting that this is a part of your path (at least until a certain point), is crucial.
The trick to deal with feeling down is to have some tools in your pocket that you know will help. These tools may differ from person to person. However, I’ll share with you two things that never fail, and you can accustom them to your needs. (PS. Everything that you read, you should make it work for you, so don’t be afraid to tweak it).
1. Show up for yourself no matter what
Decide on what you want is powerful. Mainly when you stand behind your decision 100%. However, when you feel down, you may not feel like making a quantum shift. On the contrary, baby-steps work the best.
When you feel down, prioritize a mental self-care. Commit to 10 minutes (up to 2 hours) each day when you focus on feelings and beliefs. This is the time when you show up for yourself, and you choose to shift the state of your mind.
At first, you may not know what would help you, show up anyway.
If nothing else, you can always meditate which allows your mind to gain detachment from your emotions and thus enables you to see that you’re not your emotions.
Another great tool when you feel down is journaling. When you let out your suppressed emotions and release them onto paper, you shift your energy. You can commit to 10-minute journaling every evening.
If writing your thoughts and emotions down is new for you, then you can begin by free-writing anything that comes to your mind. You’ll see that over time, writing will become easier for you and it will create more significant shifts.
So, rule number one when you feel down is to set up time (each day!) when you proactively shift your emotions and examine your beliefs. Determine to show up for yourself until you feel good again. And preferably, even after.
When you decide to change your state (even though you may not know how), the universe supports your healing.
The right people will show up; you’ll feel guided to the right books, articles, podcasts, healing therapies. Most importantly, you’ll show yourself that you’ll not abandon yourself when life gets messy. For, us, adults, learning how to parent yourself is essential.
2. Go Back to Basics
Another of my tips is to go back to basics when you feel down. Very likely, overcomplicating and overstressing doesn’t help you. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that the fundamental spiritual truths and tools work magic. However, we must apply them.
Going back to basics means that you choose up to 5 things that you know always work for you. And they may or may not be spiritual. For instance, when you feel down, music and dance always help you. Or reading a good novel, watching a comedy, having long walks, taking baths, talking about silly things with your friends. So why not have more of it?
What has always helped you when you’ve felt down? Write a list for yourself and after step one (showing up for yourself), go back to basics and do something that uplifts you. Joy is great. Do something fun.
These two tips will not solve all your problems for good, but they’ll take you out of the downward spiral so that you can then work with the root cause of the reoccurring patterns. The trick is not to push yourself into huge changes overnight. Be compassionate with yourself, and commit to two little shifts each day.