We have all been there. The place that once pulled in, we find difficult to get out of. The place which casts shadows over our daily lives and brings constant misery to even the most beautiful moments.
I’m not talking about depression, I am talking about those moments we all feel. It doesn’t matter what your situation, what your culture, what your background and what your class – we all feel pain and we all experience low moments.
We often hear people say things like, “just shrug it off, dust your self off, pick yourself up, it could be worse, there are people far worse off than you” etc. We know this right? But it doesn’t stop you from feeling what you are feeling and nor should it.
So here are some strategies for coping with low moments in your life.
Don’t Ignore Your Emotions
Rather than fight or bury the emotion we are experiencing, we need to acknowledge it and respect it. On a particularly bad day, I will write down on a blank piece of paper all the words that express the emotions I am experiencing. This gives a release of those feelings and helps unload them from your mind. Practicing mindfulness is also another effective way to acknowledge how you are feeling. Body scanning in particular.
- Write down how you are feeling – then throw it away
- Practice 10 minutes of mindfulness – full body scan. I recommend the Headspace app for guided mindfulness.
Meditation is a powerful tool. It can take some time to get into the flow but keep at it. We need to tap into areas of our brain we aren’t used to exercising, and meditation can help you achieve that. Healing meditation works on exactly that – the healing aspect. Choosing the right healing meditation will depend on what you are personally experiencing. There are lots of wonderful guided meditations out there, I especially love Hay House via YouTube for guided meditations.
- Practice guided healing meditation at least once a week.
Daily self-care contributes to a healthier mind. Practicing self-care makes us less susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional health issues. It’s also easy to do and there are many ways in which you can take action.
- 100 Self-Care Ideas and The Power of Self-Care – check these posts out for some self-care inspiration.
- Practicing self-care on a regular basis helps elevate stress and anxiety.
- Make self-care a daily priority.
Go Easy on Yourself
Rome wasn’t built in a day and recovering from low emotions and the effects, can and will take time. Embrace the slower energies around us when we notice them, as it’s usually a warning sign that you need to slow down. For most of us, we try and push through this because often we don’t have a choice. But we do need to listen to our bodies and slow down when we can and this could mean saying no to others and situations and putting ourselves first.
- Learn to say no to others and situations.
- Take baby steps towards recovery – it’s not a race.
Gain Better Sleeping Habits
Sleep can be a big one for most of us, especially when you are suffering from anxiety. By gaining better sleeping habits, we are allowing our mind and body to rest and recharge. Afterall, you wouldn’t keep running or walking if you felt physically exhausted, would you?
- Go to bed early.
- Avoid screens an hour before bed.
- Meditate or practice yoga before your sleep.
- Enjoy a warm soak in the tub an hour before bed.
- Use a lavender spray or defuser in the room an hour before you prepare to sleep.
- Set an alarm to wake up at the same time every day.
Review Your Coffee and Alcohol Intake
Coffee and alcohol have an adverse effect on the mind. By reviewing your consumption you can evaluate how drastically it’s affecting your mental health. Coffee can make a lot of people jittery and it’s not good for the nerves. Alcohol skews reality and has mental and physical effects on the body. Alcolo is also known to enhance your current emotions, so when you are feeling low it enhances that feeling.
By valuing your mind and body, you can make some incredible changes that will enhance your lifestyle in positive ways. We may think that we are living our best lives pushing through the work, drinking the coffee to keep going, drinking the booze to unwind but it’s a vicious circle that never ends until we do something about it.
Make Positive Food Choices
After the spike of sugary foods and starchy carbs, they make us feel heavy mentally and physically. Stick to eating uplifting foods such as fruit, vegetables, and pulses.
- Make positive food choices.
- Swap crisps for vegetable sticks.
- Swap sweets for pieces of fruit.
Depending on your level of fitness and general capabilities, choose to get active to help lift a bad/low mood.
- Go for a gentle walk or jog.
- Do a low impact exercise class.
- Practice some yoga which you can do at home – I love ‘Yoga with Adriene’.
- Lift some light weights.
- Do some light stretching.
By practicing gratitude, we can instantly shift our mindset to a more positive one. Practicing gratitude on a regular basis can prevent feelings of depression and anxiety.
- Write down 3 things to be grateful for each morning and 3 at the end of your day.
I hope this post helps anyone that’s in a bad place right now and can’t seem to see a way out of it. Like I said, one small step in the right direction is all it can take to put you on the path to a brighter and positive future, and these practices can and will help you.
For anyone reading this who thinks they may be suffering from depression then please seek professional medical advice – depression is not the same as feeling low. Although the above are strategies most of us can use, it’s very important to speak to a health professional about depression and recognised mental health issues. There are some wonderful resources on the internet via: