What To Do When You're Feeling Blue
Replace negative thoughts with neutral thinking.
Most situations are not black and white. But when you're heading into depression or anxiety, the brain thinks they are. Fortunately, you can transform those thoughts into something neutral (and likely closer to the truth).
Make meaningful use of your hands. It doesn't matter what you pick or whether what you pick is pleasing to look at. What matters is that you're engaging that part of the brain that likes to play. Being creative releases helpful chemicals to the brain that make you feel good.
Establish a daily routine.
A daily routine is not only healthy, but it's critical when navigating depression or anxiety. It also provides a sense of security, because you have a plan for the day. Whatever type of structure you choose to add to your day, make sure it supports your need for positivity. Having a positive focus keeps you from honing in on any negative thoughts.
Be as good to yourself as you would be to your best friend. No one knows your body and what you need better than you, so give yourself the care you deserve. And don't feel guilty about it!
Visualize your best self.
Dedicate time to imagining who you want to be. How do you want to react to things? How do you want to treat others and yourself? How do you see your best version of yourself handling challenges? Repeated, dedicated visualization will help you become that person in real life.
Exercise, exercise, exercise.
There's no replacement for vigorous exercise. It's recommended to exercise at least three times a week for 30-40 minutes. Those endorphins can take your day from terrible to great.
Connect with people.
Social contact is important to your wellbeing. Even when you don't feel like socializing, try to do so anyway. The change of scenery helps pull you out of your downward state and you might find that talking to a friend ismore helpful than sitting at home.
Remember, depression is a physical condition. Talking with your doctor, therapist or contacting your Employee Assistance Program is always a good option. There are various therapies or medications that can support your wellbeing.