Feeling Down? Stay on a Roller-Coaster
That Only Goes Up
By Mianna Korben
Being down and feeling low are normal human emotions that we all experience from time to time. Even though there’s nothing wrong with experiencing feelings of sadness, the problem occurs when you let them take over your life. You don’t have to succumb to these feelings just because they exist. There are ways to bring yourself up again and remind yourself of the little things that make life worth it. Ride the high of life once more and get rid of the bad mood with ease. Engaging yourself in different activities when such a mood occurs is the perfect way to snap out of it and reach feelings of inner peace, calm, and happiness once more.
1. Living in the now
We spend our whole lives planning something and inching towards almost unattainable goals we’ve set for ourselves. More often than not, life proves to us that we can’t plan it. It is a wild river which has its own course, and we simply can’t predict where it will take us. Every time there’s a detour from our plans, we tend to get really sad and frustrated. Instead, we should just let go and let the river take us where we’re meant to be. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should leave everything up to faith. Having a map of your life is always a good idea because it gives you a purpose and makes you feel fulfilled. Still, you shouldn’t plan every moment. Leave some room for spontaneity.
A broken clock will tell you the true meaning of life. You can’t set it to go forward or backward, it’s stuck in one certain moment. It’s the same with life. You can’t go into the past and there’s no way of seeing the future. There is only now.
This revelation can set you free of the shackles of meticulous planning and let you enjoy every single moment of life. Happiness isn’t planned, it happens when you open your eyes and realize that life is composed of moments. Say “I love you” when you feel it, take up that new hobby you’re kind of scared of, and go out at the last minute regardless of how early you have to get up tomorrow. Being a little irresponsible and spontaneous can only remind you that you’re truly alive. With such a mindset, you’ll be unstoppable. Don’t fear endless frustration anymore.
2. Letting Mother Nature feed you
Like every good mother, Mother Nature provides her children with only the best and most nutritious ingredients. Instead of letting the fast-food industry take care of your mood and bring you even more down, turn to our resourceful Mother for help. Eating sugar and saturated fats will be your first instinct when you feel down simply because these foods are easily digestible and make your brain feel good. They’re extremely unhealthy for your body, though. Not only are you bringing in toxic empty calories, but you’re also rendering it useless. The only thing you’ll want to do after eating junk food is to lie on the bed in a crumpled mess.
Healing through food and being happy again is only possible if you choose fruits and veggies. Though it may seem unlikely that they’ll make you feel better, they’re Nature’s prescription for long-term happiness. Healthy foods are full of nutrients that your body needs to function. They also prompt the production of happy chemicals, thus also cultivating feelings of happiness for a long period of time.
3. Getting whisked away by music
When you’re feeling down and nobody’s there to help you channel your thoughts, music can be. In this world of chaos and distress, music is the one thing that has the power to restore order in any mind. It is a faithful companion to all, always taking you by the hand and showing you happiness through dance when you need it. Most of all, music is what makes us human. It gives us something in common and a way to connect to other people regardless of their skin color, culture, nationality, or language.
Once again, music can be your savior from a bad mood and lift you up again. Let it whisk you away to a place without negative feelings. There are two ways you can use music as your weapon against what’s bringing you down.
Play the songs that make you sad and let yourself breathe. Let yourself cry. There’s nothing more cleansing than getting the tears of frustration and sadness out in the open. You don’t have to keep it all in anymore, music will be there to set you free. After you’re done just feeling everything inside of you, you’ll once again be an empty slate. It’s time to plant some positive emotions now like beautiful flowers. After all, seeding ground is most fertile after a cleansing rain.
On the other hand, you could completely banish negative emotions by giving into the songs that lift you up and take you higher. All your favorite tunes will fight the tears with you and give you a voice that screams out of joy, not pain. Lively and happy beats are a shortcut to such feelings for sure.
4. Two-wheels in nature
Cycling is the ultimate feel-good activity. The element of exercise makes you sweat out negative emotions, tension, and frustrations, while the right scenery puts your mind in a state of serenity. Even though you can cycle virtually anywhere, forget the concrete jungle. The city air and grey buildings will only make you feel more sorrowful.
You need an environment filled with living and breathing little creatures who make the quaintest sounds yet remain unseen. An environment with interesting terrain which makes you push yourself and discover the full strength of your body. Somewhere with fresh air to rejuvenate your lungs, and lush greenery to complete the experience by showing your mind how wonderful it feels to relax.
Though nature is the perfect environment for cycling and lifting yourself up, the road is far from smooth. You’ll encounter a lot of obstacles along the way, which is why it’s essential to have the right equipment. A high-quality bicycle perfect for cycling, a sturdy helmet, tight gloves, and shoes that fit perfectly are a must. This minimizes your risk of injury and allows you to really enjoy the otherworldly journey you’re about to undertake.
5. Sailing on the wings of gratitude
Being grateful for what you have and the little things in life is always a good way to remind yourself why you shouldn’t let sadness take over. It’s easy to focus on the negative things in your life that bring on the bad mood in the first place. When we start contemplating all the things that aren’t the way we want them to be, all our problems, and all that annoys us, it’s pretty easy to feel sad and helpless. These feelings only breed more negative emotions which don’t help you solve anything. The more you think about it, the more helpless you seem to be.
Even though it seems like there’s no way out of this labyrinth of suffering - there is. Every coin has two sides, and it’s time you looked at the other one. Gratitude can be your wings made of wax, but you don’t have to be afraid of flying too close to the sun. They’re strong enough to carry you into a better mindset and make you see the beauty of life.
Give thanks to the flower which brightened up your day when you walked outside, to your friends for making you laugh, and to your parents for always taking care of you. Most importantly, give thanks to yourself for being a strong and capable person. Once you start practicing this healing ritual, you’ll see that all the annoyances have disappeared and that every problem you have can easily be solved.
Escaping a bad mood doesn’t have to be impossible. Different activities are fit for different people, and only by experimenting will you find out which activity cheers you up the most. Every wave of sadness and crankiness can be solved without giving in to the feelings too much. You’re always going to have periods of the day or week or month where you feel bad - that’s unavoidable. What’s important is how you handle yourself at these trying times. See each time it happens as an opportunity to conquer yourself and learn something new about who you are and how you function.