Life has never been easy for anyone and even if it would have been, then what’s the point of living a monotonous life? Every time you fall down, you get up to rise again. Every time you get bogged down by challenges, you stand up and begin moving forward.
But sometimes there comes a time when you feel totally overwhelmed, sad, depressed, or even unloved. These feelings, oftentimes, stem from obvious reasons while sometimes there may be no reason at all.
No worries. Here are some ways which can help you feel stronger, empowered and inspired and make you future ready for upcoming challenges.
Laugh out Loud
All of us have grown up hearing – Laughter is the Best Medicine. But how many times have you actually tried it? Okay, let’s get into some Science here.
Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins released by the brain. Laughter can also reduce the physical symptoms of stress as it stimulates circulation and aids muscle relaxation and can help you calm yourself down.
Eat Food That Makes You Feel Comfortable
Whenever you feel stressed, fill your plate with the food that makes you feel comfortable. However, you can also try some scientifically proven food products which can help you feel less frazzled.
You can eat dark chocolate which offers an antioxidant-rich indulgence. Choose a high-quality dark chocolate that does not contain an unnecessary surplus of added sugar and eat only one-fourth of a small dark chocolate bar. Calm down. Have a bar of chocolate.
You can also have Herbal Tea that helps promote feelings of warmth and calmness and it’s again scientifically proven.
Strategize And Prioritise
Open the pages of Stephen Covey’s book ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ and it will teach you how to Put First Things First. Prioritise, instead of constantly reacting to urgencies which eventually bring stress.
You really need to understand the difference between Urgency and Importance. Doing this will not only help you reduce stress and calm yourself down, but will also make your day organized and hence productive.
Write Down Your Strengths
When you are tensed, you start thinking about your weaknesses. What you have to instead do is to pen down as many strengths as you can.
Researches also suggest that bad is stronger than good. Therefore, strengths exploration, strengths discussions, strengths writings, and strengths appreciation are important to counterbalance the natural wiring toward the negative.
Writing down your strengths helps you reestablish the lost confidence as you start valuing the traits you previously undervalued in yourself. If you understand your strengths, you develop a better grasp of what makes you different from others.
Create Positive Self-talk
How about calming yourself down via positive self-talks? Accept it or not, you must find yourself surrounded by negative people in life. Cut overly negative people out of your life. You will also believe that people surrounding us leave an effect on our own attitude.
If someone has a negative attitude and vibes, they are likely to bring down those around them. Distance yourself from such people.
Don’t compare yourself to others. There are people out there who are better than you or worse than off. It is better that you concentrate on your achievements and think of scaling up yourself.
Keep Going Forward
Roy T. Bennett has rightly said, “Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savouring the journey.”
Being stagnant is of no help. Don’t stop. Keep taking small steps and going forward. If you believe that Quitters never win and Winners never quit, don’t give up. When you don’t stop and keep moving, you give yourself an assurance that everything will fall into place.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is an investment in the energy we all need to be effective tomorrow. If you are feeling depressed, it’s because of a lack of sleep.
Sleep for at least 7-9 hours each night. If you aren’t able to sleep, lie down with your eyes closed and rest. You really need to understand that your body that works for the entire day, needs to rest and heal at night. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol late in the day as it disturbs the sleep pattern.
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