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7 Ways To Beat The Blues

Guest Post by Anna Miller

If we knew the secret recipe for happiness and success, we would bottle it and hoard it for eternity. But emotions are not material possessions that we own; rather, they take over our minds and control our moods and disposition.

We all want to be happy and cheerful all the time, but with all the cares and worries of the world weighing us down, it’s all we can do to just keep the blues away. Depression is a monster that could eat you up if you’re not careful, and the best way to keep sadness and misery at bay is to nip them in the bud before they bloom and spread their tentacles throughout all aspects of your life.

So if you’re looking to beat the blues and bring a little cheer to your life, here are seven ways to do so:

1. Turn to a friend or loved one

When you talk to someone you love dearly and trust completely about your problems, you find that you feel better and relieved. A problem shared is halved, and even though your loved one may not have a solution, talking about it helps take the burden off your shoulders.

2. Do something you love

Anytime I feel down, I turn to my favourite pastime – reading a book. I shut myself up in my room and curl on the bed with a good novel and a big bag of snacks. It’s my way of indulging myself and boosting my mood.

3. Throw yourself into work

If you’re sad because you’ve lost a loved one or if a relationship has come to an end, staying busy is the only way to forget your sorrow and keep yourself sane. The key is to trick your mind into not thinking of what has happened and obsessing over it. 

4. Do something nice for others

When you help others or are kind to them, you feel a sense of satisfaction spreading through you and warming the cockles of your heart. So instead of focusing on your misery, do something nice for someone else and see the difference it makes to your mood.

5. Exercise

You may not feel like getting out of bed or stepping out of your home, but when you work out or play a sport, you feel good about yourself and your mood improves because of the serotonin released by your brain. It lulls you into a pleasant state of mind and boosts your happiness quotient.

6. Be grateful for your blessings

One way to stop feeling depressed and sorry for yourself is to consider other people whose situations are worse than yours. When you count your blessings and are grateful for them, your problems don’t seem as bad as they did before.

7. Give it some time

Time is the best healer, and as the days pass, you’ll find that your troubles seem lighter and less serious than they were some time ago. So be patient, go on with your day to day life, and wait for the feeling of depression to subside. Given time, even the worst of problems diminish in their intensity.

About The Author:

Anna Miller writes on the topic of online degrees . She welcomes your comments at her email id: anna.miller009@gmail.com

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  • Frank B. May 22, 2010, 1:23 pm

    All very true, and all worthy of being reminded of at times. I find #3 especially helpful, especially when your work IS something you love.

  • Asatar Bair May 24, 2010, 5:23 pm

    Interesting guest post. I like what you say, Anna, about the importance of relationships, meaningful work, exercise, and gratitude. So true. I wonder though, about what is the cause of one’s depression. Perhaps it is a sadness that is worth exploring and experiencing fully and deeply, like with the grief of losing a loved one, or experiencing a failure or setback in pursuit of a goal. Depression may also be a sign of too much repression, that it is time to discover the true purpose of your life, and have at it. That takes the courage to look deeply within your own heart.