Everyone happens to feel down from time to time. There are hours, days, weeks or even months in which our strengths seem to disappear and our hope to die out. Moments in which a single phrase echoes in our mind: “I feel grounded”. We have the mood on the ground and it is as if we had lost our way and a wave of listlessness had overwhelmed us.
It is normal to feel bad every now and then. Life is a continuous adventure made up of positive, negative and neutral days. But is there a solution to this? How can this feeling go away? Learning to manage sadness can help us see the light we need so much in the darkest moments. Today we will find out what strategies can be put in place to combat everyday sadness and feel better when you are in a low mood.
Mood on the ground: what are the best strategies?
There are tons of books, articles and magazines that expose the latest trending techniques to feel happy all the time and eliminate negative moments once and for all. However, most of them are not realistic or tend to only work for short moments.
For this reason, in today’s article we will not talk about resolving techniques, but about strategies to manage the malaise that sometimes invades us. Of course these are not miraculous remedies: it takes effort, patience and emotional awareness to develop them; but once they are implemented, their benefits will be most noticeable in the long term. It is about:
- Accept what’s happening.
- Take care of your body.
- Surround yourself with people we appreciate.
- Work on your goals.
1. Accept what’s happening
When we have a low mood, the first reaction we tend to have is denying, distracting us and fighting against this unpleasant feeling. After all, no one wants to feel sad, why accept that it is happening to us?
The problem in this case is that when we deny a feeling, it tends to present itself with greater arrogance. For this reason, when we “get angry” with ourselves for being sick, we add further weight to our suffering.
The fact is, emotions are always trying to send us a message. In reality, they are nothing more than chemical reactions in the brain that tell us when something is right or wrong. Just paying attention to the unpleasant emotions of the moment, and not their causes, will cause a more prolonged malaise.
A great strategy when we are sick is to accept what is happening and try to trace the causes of those feelings and what they serve us. One of the best ways to do this is to practice some relaxation and meditation exercises.
2. Take care of your body
Very often when we feel bad we look for the causes in external circumstances or in our thoughts. However, sometimes the origin of our grounded mood is more about our body chemistry than external factors.
To feel good in the long term, it is essential to take care of your diet, play sports and rest. While at first glance it may not seem like an effective solution to get us out of bad times, in reality the results will be surprising.
3. Surround yourself with good people
According to a lot of scientific studies, improving our social relationships has a direct impact on our happiness. It is one of the most important areas of life. From relationships as a couple to those of friendship, being able to count on people you can trust and who make us feel supported is essential to feel good.
One of the most useful strategies for sad moments is to go out and socialize with other people. Even if it is likely that in such circumstances we do not want to do anything, it will be enough to break that thin veil of sadness that surrounds us and get in touch with a loved one to improve our mood considerably.
On the other hand, if we are shy, improving our social skills can serve as a catalyst for us to feel better about ourselves. So, once we have confidence in our ability to meet new people and make connections, we will find that our downturns seem increasingly distant.
4. Work on your goals
The last strategy is to focus on our goals, that is, not to leave behind our personal projects or goals. In fact, the discomfort that surrounds us can be due to the loss of connection and bond with ourselves.
Let’s not forget that prioritizing ourselves is very important for finding well-being. If we abandon ourselves and put our desires in the background, it is normal to wake up one day wrapped in a feeling of frustration and a feeling of failure.
As we have seen, it is possible to mitigate that unpleasant sensation that sometimes invades us. It will be enough to become aware of it and think about what we can do to solve it at its root.