Monday, February 27, 2017

Come On Get Happy

Life is quite the journey, huh. One minute we're up, and the next minute we're back to that dark place we swore never to visit again. The place that we almost forgot about, or at least forgot how terrible it is to reside there.

It's so easy to get caught up in the negative and the sad. Like a total whirlwind, it sucks you in and you can't seem to find the exit sign. But it's there. It's always there. It just gets a little hard to see at times.

These last few months I've been deep in it. Political tension, turned to societal tension, turned to pain from family and friends, and then a seriously heart-wrenching moment brought be to that place.

I want to say it was sudden, but it wasn't. I ignored all of the signs and wasn't following the basic rules of happiness (eat healthy, exercise, meditate, etc). I got lazy, let my guard down, and found myself, once again, a victim of suffering.

So here I am, licking my wounds, trying to get back to the comfort of loving myself. I realized I had a plan to stay happy, but I didn't have a back-up case I fell off the happiness wagon.

The rules of happiness are great, but they work the best when you do them everyday and stay mindful of your self treatment. What do we do if we've not been maintaining the rules, and we find ourselves in the pit of despair?

Here are my easy-fix, quick-mood busting tricks:

1. Exercise!
I know it's hard, but exercising releases endorphins in our bodies and give us the good vibes we need. Plus, exercise makes our body beautiful inside and out, so while it's a quick fix when you're down, it's a long-term fix as well.

2. Dance:
This can be an "exercise" too, but I don't want to think of dancing as exercise. I want to put on awesome music and dance around my house until I can't dance any more.

3. Guided Meditation:
I'm specifying guided because when we are in those mental depth of hell, we just may need someone guiding us out of there. By all means,  meditate alone, but if it's too difficult to concentrate, put on a guided one.

4. Write:
Just get it out of your mind and onto some paper. "If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me, Threatening the life it belongs to". You can write in sentence form or just write every frustrating, maddening, negative, stressful thing that comes to mind. (And afterwards, you can use is as a to-do/ to-DON'T list.)

5. Call a Friend:
Don't just call any friend. Call the one who you know can make you laugh and snap you out of the funk.

6. Sleep It Off:
When all else fails and you're feeling particularly shitty, hit that fluffy sleep machine... your bed. Don't make this a habit, as living in your bedroom isn't going to make your troubles go away. But occasionally, a nap or checking in early might just do the trick.

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