9 Ways to Pick Yourself Up When You’re Feeling Down

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Pick yourself up.

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“To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on.”

Dave Pelzer

Sh*t happens. All the time.

You make mistakes. You screw up. Things don’t go the way you hoped.

The job interview goes horribly. You get in an argument with a friend. Google shuts down your Adsense account without warning or explanation…

We all face hardships in our lives to some extent. If we don’t deal with them properly, they can begin to pile up on us and start weighing us down. They can interfere with everyday life, and even leave us feeling a bit depressed.

Whilst I’m certainly no expert at this whole life game, there are a few methods I’ve found that work quite well for me when I’m feeling stuck in a rut.

HOW TO PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU’RE FEELING DOWN

1. Think outwards.

It’s easy to dwell on our own problems and wallow in self pity. Really easy. But instead of looking in, try focussing your mind outwards. Look at ways you can help the people around you – friends, family members, even complete strangers. You’ll find that everyone you meet has problems. You’re not alone.

2. Let go of the ideal plan.

Things didn’t turn out the way you planned. But that plan is just a story you have made up. It doesn’t represent reality. Real life is unpredictable, and it would be boring if it wasn’t. If you let go of the idea that things are supposed to turn out a certain way, and accept that things change, those surprises are no longer as much of a shock to the system. They don’t knock you down as far.

3. Think about what the hero would do.

The path of a hero is never easy or straightforward. It’s rocky and uneven, and there are plenty of unexpected challenges lying just around the corner. Imagine yourself as the hero of your own story. What does a hero do in the face of adversity? They take action. They move on, or work to find a solution.

4. Move your body.

Exercise can be great if used in a constructive way. It’s a good way to get back to our primal roots, and hit the reset button on those negative thoughts. My head usually feels a lot clearer after a run, climb, grapple or workout. You’ve just gotta be careful that you’re not using exercise to run away from your problems, or to punish yourself for doing wrong.

5. Take a rest.

Relax. Take a deep breath, and slow down. Maybe go to a yoga class. Take a meditation session, a hot bath or a massage. A long nap perhaps. Even just get outside for a stroll in the fresh air. Whatever helps you to clear your head and get you to that mindful state.

6. Talk it out.

With a friend, family member or significant other. Even on a hotline or online forum. Sometimes it’s good to get things off your chest. Explaining your situation to others can help you realise that it’s not that bad after all, and they may even be able to point you towards a solution.

7. Learn from it.

What can you learn from this situation? How did you get there and what can you do to avoid the same thing happening again? Can you do anything at all? If you can’t change it, let it go.

8. Will this matter in 5 years time?

A good question to ask yourself. The answer is almost always no. It puts things in perspective. Helps you realise that this life is just a game, and we can only do the best we can. We’re gonna fail at things and make mistakes, but they don’t define us.

9. Embrace gratitude.

I find that reminding myself of the things I’m grateful for is a good way of bringing me back to centre. My friends, family, health, education. Even mistakes and challenges. They’re opportunities to see what we’re made of. They give us a chance to grow.

Remember that being happy doesn’t mean you have no problems at all. It means you’ve become better at dealing with them.

Have a great day.


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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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