18 Ways To Make Yourself Happy When You're Feeling Down

Let's face it, life can be challenging. Maybe that's an understatement. There is so much we need to do just to keep up, and sometimes it just feels like too much.

Here are some things you can do, and why they work, to find your strength again when you are feeling down and need a recharge.

Rub Your Feet

First thing begin to connect to your body. Your physical body is the home for your emotional body.

Your feet ground you to life. Our feet often take the brunt of our stress as they carry us throughout our day.

You will be surprised how giving a little attention to your feet can allow the stress to flow out of your body, and feel so relaxing.

Massage Your Head

As you run around your busy life, the energy drains from our heads downward, it's important to rest, and allow the energy to flow back up into our heads from time to time. A few minutes of head massage gets the blood circulation flowing back to your head.

It can even help to improve your hair growth and color as you age.

Connect to your emotions

Stress occurs when you allow yourself to get distracted and disconnected from what you really want. Your emotions are guiding signs to tell you if how you are living your life is good for you or not. Emotions are energy in motion, and the energy in you always wants to keep moving forward.

Energy that stagnates and does not move you forward in life, feels stressful.

Reconnecting to your emotions, and understanding why you are reacting the way you are gives you the clarity to make better choices in your life.

Do Inner Child Work

Sometimes connecting to your emotions in the present doesn't work, because what's really been triggered is an old reaction, a trauma or memory from  your childhood.

Disturbing events that have happened in childhood often leave lasting trauma as the child was not able to understand and properly learn from the situation. The mind then files that memory as a great question mark waiting to be understood.

Each time a similiar situation occurs the initial stress response gets triggered.

Take the time, to reach into your memories and with the knowledge you have today, explain to your childhood self why the things happened the way they did. and recreate the original reaction to one of understanding and growth.

Give Yourself Understanding and Compassion

You probably have a good reason for being the way you are, so don't be too hard on yourself. No matter how much someone else doesn't like you, or how much you dislike your own faults, you can't change them overnight. Self Improvement takes a lifetime so don't be too hard on yourself.

Punch A Pillow

Get those emotions out in a physical way.

Once you've processed the emotions and memories, those energies need to be released. Do something to get it out of your body.

Punch a Pillow,

Exercise

Exercise can release excess tension, and create new endorphins to make you feel better.

Talk To a Friend

Tell someone how you feel. We are hardwired to share so we can grow from each other. The more you share, the more you will be surprised at the stories people tell you. As alone as you think you are, we are really all in this together, and as our awareness grows as a collective consciousness, other people are experiencing on different levels similiar experiences as you.

Focus On Your Breath

Your breath is your deepest connection to life. As soon as you just begin to focus in, and feel the breath in your body, you begin to feel more breath coming into you, and you begin to relax, and feel better.

Your breath can also guide you to understand yourself better. You may want to stay away from activities that make your breath feel constricted. Those activities are creating stress and restriction in your life, and are making you less alive.

Have A Good Cry

You don't have to sit there like a monk, and be perfectly happy if you are not feeling that way. Let yourself feel, let it out. Have a good cry. It's ok to feel your emotions.

Sometimes it feels good to feel bad.

Life can be challenging. Maybe that's an understatement. There is so much we need to do just to keep up, and sometimes it just feels like too much.

Here are some things you can do, and why they work, to find your strength again when you are feeling down and need a recharge. 

Rub Your Feet

First thing begin to connect to your body. Your physical body is the home for your emotional body. 

Your feet ground you to life. Our feet often take the brunt of our stress as they carry us throughout our day. 

You will be surprised how giving a little attention to your feet can allow the stress to flow out of your body, and feel so relaxing.

Massage Your Head

As you run around your busy life, the energy drains from our heads downward, it's important to rest, and allow the energy to flow back up into our heads from time to time. A few minutes of head massage gets the blood circulation flowing back to your head. 

It can even help to improve your hair growth and color as you age.

Connect to your emotions

Stress occurs when you allow yourself to get distracted and disconnected from what you really want. Your emotions are guiding signs to tell you if how you are living your life is good for you or not. Emotions are energy in motion, and the energy in you always wants to keep moving forward. 

Energy that stagnates and does not move you forward in life, feels stressful.

Reconnecting to your emotions, and understanding why you are reacting the way you are gives you the clarity to make better choices in your life.

Do Inner Child Work

Sometimes connecting to your emotions in the present doesn't work, because what's really been triggered is an old reaction, a trauma or memory from your childhood.

Disturbing events that have happened in childhood often leave lasting trauma as the child was not able to understand and properly learn from the situation. The mind then files that memory as a great question mark waiting to be understood.

Each time a similar situation occurs the initial stress response gets triggered.

Take the time, to reach into your memories and with the knowledge you have today, explain to your childhood self why the things happened the way they did. and recreate the original reaction to one of understanding and growth. 

Give Yourself Understanding and Compassion

You probably have a good reason for being the way you are, so don't be too hard on yourself. No matter how much someone else doesn't like you, or how much you dislike your own faults, you can't change them overnight. Self Improvement takes a lifetime so don't be too hard on yourself.

Punch A Pillow

Get those emotions out in a physical way. 

Once you've processed the emotions and memories, those energies need to be released. Do something to get it out of your body.

Punch a Pillow, 

Exercise

Exercise can release excess tension, and create new endorphins to make you feel better.

Talk To a Friend

Tell someone how you feel. We are hardwired to share so we can grow from each other. The more you share, the more you will be surprised at the stories people tell you. As alone as you think you are, we are really all in this together, and as our awareness grows as a collective consciousness, other people are experiencing on different levels similiar experiences as you.

Focus On Your Breath

Your breath is your deepest connection to life. As soon as you just begin to focus in, and feel the breath in your body, you begin to feel more breath coming into you, and you begin to relax, and feel better. 

Your breath can also guide you to understand yourself better. You may want to stay away from activities that make your breath feel constricted. Those activities are creating stress and restriction in your life, and are making you less alive.

Have A Good Cry

You don't have to sit there like a monk, and be perfectly happy if you are not feeling that way. Let yourself feel, let it out. Have a good cry. It's ok to feel your emotions. Staying with your emotions, and not running away helps you process and release your feelings instead of burying them deeper

Sometimes it feels good to feel bad.

Listen to Music

Music is highly stimulating to energy because it is pure energy itself. Listening to music that resonates with the energy of your mood, can help you to move the energy through you and help you to feel more relaxed.

Dance

Like exercise, dancing to the music can help you release excess tense energy, and allow you to feel better.

Paint

The expression of emotional energy is extremely important to the transforming of it. Transforming a non-physical emotional feeling into the physical expression of it in color and form can feel powerfully satisfying.

Go to an Improv Class

Expression of emotional energy through spontaneous acting can be a great stress reliever, besides the funny things that happen in an Improv class will surely lift your mood.

Go Learn Something New

Our essential desire in life is to evolve, tension and unhappiness usually arise from feeling stuck. Sometimes you just need to go out and focus on the positive experience of growth and renewal through challenging yourself with learning something new.

Read Inspirational Literature

Watch Inspirational Videos

There are times when we just need to be reminded by others that even though life feels like it sucks now, it will get better, and we are not alone.

If nothing else works,  Go eat some Chocolate.

Studies have proven that dark chocolate helps to improve your mood. Dark Chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, the same feel-good chemicals you get from exercise. Dark Chocolate also contains serotonin which works like an antidepressant and elevates mood.

Because cocoa helps stimulates blood flow in the body, it also sends more oxygen to the brain which may be the reason your body reacts the same way as to exercise.  

The Deep Focus Body Scan is an excellent way to help you get in touch with yourself, and understand who you are and why you react the way you do. Find out more here.

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