We were created for JOY. But I don’t think that means we are supposed to be happy all the time. Joy is something deeper, and can only be known by knowing its opposite.
I found out this week that post-marathon blues is a thing. And when I thought about it, it makes sense. After feeling such a high, it is easy to come down a little too far, a little too hard. But I also know that these feelings aren’t just experienced by runners post-marathon. The “blues” are part of the human experience, and a necessary part, if we are to ever experience JOY.
That said, I think it is a good idea, when we are feeling a little down, to deliberately work our way back toward a happier place. Here are 5 things I did this week to help beat the blues:
1️⃣ Connect with others. I spent some time chatting on the phone with family and made time to visit at the park with friends.
2️⃣ Do something CREATIVE! One day this week, I pulled out the sewing machine. I am no seamstress, but with Pinterest, and the word “simple” in my search, I was able to make some cute new pillow shams for my bed.
3️⃣ Practice GRATITUDE. Even when feeling a complete lack of motivation, I can still always look around and find something to be grateful for. And grateful always feels good.
4️⃣ Go for a walk. I found out this morning that sunshine, fresh air, and movement is a fabulous combo for improved mood.
5️⃣ Finally, give yourself some grace. I’m so glad I was able to do this! Recognizing that having emotional ups and downs is just part of being human, and an essential part if we want to experience true joy, can go a long way. However, beating yourself up for not always being happy is a sure-fire way to keep feeling pretty lousy.
What about you? When you are feeling a little down, what are your go-to pick-me-ups??