Life is full of ups and downs, nobody is living a perfect life and is happy all the time. There are ways that can help you beat feeling sad and low when things aren’t quite going to plan. It can feel like you are in a downward spiral but these habits will help you break out and find your happiness again. Your happiness isn’t conditional to what you have or circumstances in your life. You can take control over it and practice a happier lifestyle. Yes, we all have low points, it wouldn’t be life without them. But for the most part, life should be enjoyed. Here are 7 ways in which I have found have helped me pull myself out of a low mood.
7 Habits Of Happiness
1. Why Are You Unhappy?
The first step to finding your happy again is establishing why you are not feeling great in the first place. It is much better to face your problems head-on rather than hide them. They will catch up with you later on. It may take some time to heal yourself, which is perfectly normal, with some time you will feel so much better.
2. Maintain A Self Care Routine
From the most basic things of self-care like drinking water to treating yourself to a new hairdo. Self-care makes us feel and look better. Boosting your self-esteem you will then be more likely to accept that invitation to go to an event or go on a date. When you don’t feel good about yourself you tend to shut yourself away and that won’t help with your low mood.
I feel best when I have solid routines in my life. Such as not sleeping in on my days off, I feel better when I get up and do my normal work morning routine. Make sure you go to bed at a decent time on work days to get enough sleep, this should help alleviate the need to sleep in on your day off.
3. Declutter Your Life
We all have those to do lists that we never get around to actually doing. Use time now to get these things done. For me, I love to declutter my phone, sort through pictures, messages. This all helps in starting a fresh phase of your life. Don’t cling to something that reminds of the past or things that make you unhappy.
4. Rethink Your Purpose
When you feel low it is so easy to forget your why. Maybe you need some new goals or you just need to realign with the goals you already have. Giving yourself a refreshed sense of direction can help boost your motivation.
5. Learn Something
I strive to always be learning and improving myself, it helps me stay focused on my goals. If I am always learning, I am therefore always progressing. By learning something new you may find a new hobby or even a career path, the extent that it could change your life is limitless. You never know where your new skill could lead. You don’t have to take on a huge new project, it could be as small as watching YouTube videos discussing the topic you want to learn. The important thing is you are expanding your knowledge.
6. Social Media Detox
There is nothing worse than feeling down about yourself and seeing everyone ‘living their best life’ all over social media. Just remember that what you are seeing isn’t reality. It’s so easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others.
7. Practise Gratitude
This is something I have really been trying to improve over the last year. We are so focused on our goals and where we want to be that we actually forget to just enjoy and appreciate what we already have. You can actually be happy with so little. We are surrounded by adverts each and every day that are trying to sell us ‘a better, happier life’. It’s so true in that money doesn’t buy happiness. You can find happiness regardless of your circumstances, it is not conditional to what you have.
I hope this has helped you or inspires you to try and break your low mood. I promise you that things will get better, your current situation won’t be forever and you will find happiness. Give yourself time and take each day as it comes. Let me know your favourite ways to improve your mood in a comment below!
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Love this post and there’s some really great tips in there. I have to admit that I struggle with trying to wake up at the same time when I’m not at work as I love sleep so much ? Not comparing yourself to others though is so important, I totally agree. Comparison is the thief of joy!
I’ve just been recommended an app which apparently helps you to wind down and do a little mediatation session each day. It’s meant to help with your mental wellbeing. I need to actually start using it now!
Ooo is the app headspace by any chance? I have used this and it is really good – makes you feel so relaxed. If you think about the information we are consuming all the time these days we definitely need to focus time on switching off! I know there is another app called Calm (i think) – hope you get on well with it!
Thank you for such a helpful post! These are all really great tips! When I’m feeling down, decluttering is always a good option. I always get a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction out of organising some aspect of my life. Going for long walks outside is another way I like to clear my head.
Yes, love these ideas! I agree a long walk also helps clear my head too – isn’t it funny how when we feel down it’s usually something that’s gone amiss rather than what we actually think we are feeling down about.
This is such a great post Hayley! Having a good routine is such an important one, I find that if I sleep in I don’t feel great, so I like to make sure I get up and do some yoga to start the day in a positive way. Decluttering my phone is something I really need to do! I agree, a social media detox can be much needed at times. Thank you for sharing your fab ideas! <3 xx
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Thanks for reading Bexa! Glad you enjoyed <3
These are great tips! I’m always in a much better place mentally after I’ve had a declutter of my space and the little thing like spending a bit of time to look after yourself always put things into perspective x
It really does help doesn’t it. We can have so much going on at once – things get so overwhelming! Xx
I’m usually such a negative person and I’m always looking for ways to think more positively! These tips will definitely help me when I’m having a down day in the future so thanks for sharing! I completely agree that having a de-clutter and maintaining some sort of routine helps! I love having a morning off work when I can have an extra hour sleep but then declutter my room or work on blog posts so I’m more prepared!
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Aww Jess! I like to think I’m positive the majority of the time – if you ever feel a bit low feel free to message me and we can talk through whatever you are going through ❤️ Yes I feel organisation really helps – I love making sure my living spaces are tidy by Sunday night and I have posted on my blog over that weekend – I feel so much more in control over my life. Rather than the going to work, going home and sleeping routine that’s so easy to get stuck in. Xx
I’m genuinely awful at keeping up with a self care routine, I never think of myself and so I always forget to do things for me – I might make it my New Years Resolution! ?
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Love this yes! A recent break up for me was a huge kickstart of looking after myself. My last relationship was so focused on the other person and I wanted to make them happy. In the end we truly just need to focus on our ourselves and looking after us. No one else can make you happy but you xx
This was a really great post to read, it’s so important to really take self care seriously which I don’t think I do and somethings I don’t even realise it. Will be coming back to this post! X
Glad you enjoyed reading it Aaliyah! I think it has a huge impact on your mental wellbeing. Xx
Yes! So easy to get caught in comparison. I try to limit my mindless scrolling as I find I just end up feeling sad. I love that! I try to do it mentally – especially when I’m a bit down. Xx
Decluttering and Social media detox! Heelloooooooo yes. I do these so often but I feel so good after. We’re under no obligation to be on social media so if it feels bad, I say cut it from your life! and decluttering is just the most soothing thing. I HATE clutter, my mind cannot function with mess everywhere. If I am a mess, I tidy up and i feel a lot better. making my bed always makes me feel really good too for some reaon baha
I feel so much better after a de-clutter! Sometimes you don’t even realise that’s the cause of you feeling stressed or not being able to focus. I recommend taking social media detox’s every now and then – just to get rid of your own self-doubt and comparisons. It’s refreshing and I always get back lots of creative ideas. Thanks for reading Becky xx