When I’m feeling blue
All I have to do
Is take a look at you
Then, I’m not so blue
– From the song A Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins
“When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”
–My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music
All of us feel blue sometimes. Most of the time for some people. Even happy people feel sad too. Some people just stay in that feeling longer than others. Other people just can’t stand being unhappy that they get over it so quickly.
So, what do you do when you’re feeling sad? Do you indulge your melancholic state or you do something quick to get out of it and get it over with? Don’t we want to be happy all the time? I’m sure we all do.
I’m one of those people who feels blue, not once in a “blue moon,” but quite often than most people do, and I don’t like the feeling.
Here are few of the things that I do to beat the blues away.
1. Think of happy thoughts. I am sure all of us have happy memories. Sometimes, they are just locked away in our thoughts. The perfect time to conjure up images of our happy childhood or whatever happy memories we have hidden in our thoughts is when we feel sad and blue. This really works well for me.
2. Read funny stories or jokes. I easily laugh at a joke even if I’m on the verge of tears. This might work for you too.
3. Get active. Do yoga. Dance, swim, run. When we are active, our bodies produce endorphins, the happy hormones. Try to observe yourself after exercising. Does it make you feel good?
4. Be creative. Write a poem. Update your blog. Invent something useful. Paint. Draw.
5. Be with people you love. Surround yourself with people that help you lift your spirits. Avoid the negative ones. When I feel sad, I’d like to be with my sister or with my nephews and nieces. My nephews and nieces are so adorable that I would forget I was sad even for a while. I noticed that when I play with a child or even look at a child, I can’t help myself but smile.
6. Eat chocolates…the darker, the better. Cocoa is a potent source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, the neurotransmitters that alleviate depression and are associated with feelings of well-being. When you’re blue, indulge your chocolate craving!
7. Smile. Smiling has the power to put you in a good mood.
Life is too short to be sad or unhappy. Remember to live one moment at a time.
I am sure there are other ways that help beat your blues away in one way or another. What works well for you?