You’re in the doldrums, for no good reason. What can you do without blowing your budget - or your diet? Lots! Whether it's the post-4 pm slump or something that's going on a little longer, try these ideas.
- Go outside.
- Meditate in nature. A secluded stream is great, but flowers and a fountain works, too.
- Exercise. Find something you don’t hate and that doesn’t hurt. Add other mood busters, like music or friends, to make it fun.
- Accomplish something. It feels so good to finish a task!
- Smile. Studies show that simply smiling lifts your mood. It works especially well when people smile back!
- Read something positive – a verse, a devotional, or a daily affirmation.
- Create something beautiful. Draw a picture, rearrange the mantle, or paint your toenails.
- Call a friend. (What are you saving those cell phone minutes for?)
- Smell flowers, spices, or a candle. Or a baby’s head if there’s one nearby.
- Visualize ocean waves. Personal finance expert Erica Sandberg pictures troubles coming and going like waves.
- Listen to happy music. Make a playlist of music that you can’t be grumpy to.
- Turn off the computer and enter the real world.
- Give something– fresh-baked cookies, picked flowers, a blood donation, your time. Even advice if you can get away with it.
- Look at old photos. Post the funniest ones on Facebook.
- Go to the library and read what you want, not necessarily what you should. Try humor books, magazines, or travel books.
- Count your blessings. It’s old-fashioned, but tried and true. Sometimes we forget how many things we should be happy about.
Note: If you have more than a passing sadness, especially if you can’t explain why you feel bad, see your health professional. Many times, blues have a physical reason. With care, you can soon be living life to the fullest again.