Sometimes you feel good, other times everything feels off. There are good days and not so good ones. This is normal, up to a point.* After all, what is life that doesn’t have ups and downs - emotional setbacks and mood lows are just as much a part of the overall package as the many moments of happiness.
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What sounds plausible can, in reality, be quite devastating. Emotional lows are occasionally persistent and difficult to put into perspective. Let us share our personal coping skills with you: They are simple activities that bring lightness without toxic positivity, even on those dark days.
Call friends and family
Sadness shared halves the misery: few things are as healing as talking with trusted loved ones and letting them know why we’re feeling downhearted. Even if you feel held back by the fear you might be intruding, your own experience has shown time and again that speaking openly with your best friend does a whole lot of good. And in the case of minor upsets, even a brief chat can have an uplifting effect.
According to scientific studies, writing can help reduce anxiety and relieve stressful situations. Journaling helps people organize their thoughts, reflect on what went on over the day and lend clarity. The focus, here, is on positive affirmations and things that make one grateful. This should be practiced daily, and can be especially helpful on days when you feel strung out and exhausted.
Physical activities are indispensable for a busy lifestyle as well as to achieve a balanced outlook on life. This is because exercise has been shown to enhance mental well-being through the release of various happy hormones. It doesn’t matter if it’s yoga or a barre session, any form of exercise can help banish bad moods and lighten the spirit in no time.
Creative activities done by hand often have a calming effect on one's psyche. My personal favorites are acrylic painting, pottery and sewing – one should find a hobby that is absorbing and soothing. Do keep this in mind - it is not about making a perfect product, but it is the act of doing that counts.
People whose work routine is primarily based on digital activities may find reading actual books quite meditative. In particular, emotionally-stirring novels or exciting nonfictions are nice alternatives to binge-watching TV series. Books have freed me many-a-times from everyday stressors and funky moods.
*Anyone who’s experiencing lasting low mood swings and suspects depression should seek help immediately. Both those affected and their relatives can call the German DepressionAid, PsycheNet orthe Berlin emergency number anonymously to seek help.