Down In The Dumps? 7 Practical Ways To Stop Feeling Lousy and Start Feeling Awesome

Have you ever felt so down in the dumps that you only had enough energy to feel sorry for yourself? I’m talking about that emotional crash where you’re left in shambles. Whatever you’re dealing with, know you’re not alone. We all go through highs and lows. But here’s the thing: The key to fulfillment is learning how to navigate through those extreme lows so you can bounce back to a satisfied state.

Read on as I share some of the low’s I’ve been dealing with and practical advice to help you stop feeling lousy and start feeling yourself again!

It’s Gonna Get Real, Raw, and Person … So Buckle Up

I recently turned 41 (which mean I’m just the big glorious 40, but am in my 40’s. Sounds unexciting, but age is just a number and I still feel 21, so, hey).

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never celebrated my birthday in a big way. Growing up, my friends were still on summer holidays when my special day came. Expectation paved way for disappointment and I quickly learned that my birthday day didn’t have to be such a huge deal. As I grew up, it became a day of reflection rather than celebration. Which is fine — life is blessed and I celebrate often. Maybe next year I’ll throw myself my first party.

But, in the meantime, I embrace the introspections that come with silence and a tad bit of loneliness. It’s in the moments of inner conflict where I have to dig deep to find the light.

I’m going through a lot of personal changes this year. Life’s thrown a whole lot of challenges my way and, to be honest, I’m still searching for answers. I still wake up in the middle of the night anxious and fall asleep with tears. Such is the rollercoaster of life. It’s just hard sometimes. For all of us.

But we cannot allow our light to dim during times of hardship. If you’re going through a hard time, don’t ever stop trying to make things better. Here are some of the ways I’m trying to persevere. I hope this helps you in some way. Email me if you have more ideas to add to the list.

7 Ways To Bounce Back

  • Learn to count the good things — not the bad — because there’s no limit to the latter. 
  • Find a friend and only spend time with positive and good people.
  • Watch your words because what you speak out loud influences how you and others begin to think.
  • Watch your thoughts because how you speak to yourself becomes how you feel.
  • Watch your body  keep your shoulders back and your head lifted high because how you hold yourself is who you become.
  • Do small things to make yourself feel great: My top faves are running, yoga, music, the beach, being with my kids, and indulging in a glass of rosé.
  • Despite the downs, keep doing your life’s work whatever that is. Stay productive because full days lead to full lives.