At some point or another, we’ve all found ourselves at a place in our lives where we’ve felt worn out, bored, stagnant, or just plain blah. Here are a few ways to work through it!
Call a Friend. We are designed for connection! We need some degree of interaction with others to feel our best.– connecting with others helps us feel more fulfilled.
Go Outside. We were not meant to live in a box. Getting some fresh air, sunshine, and a change in scenery for 30 minutes can do wonders to lift your spirits.
Research has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.
Get Moving The absolute worst thing we can do to our bodies is sitting at a desk all day. However, as little as 30 minutes a day can improve several health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis. Research has also shown that exercise shows psychological benefits, including improved mood and a reduction of anxiety.
Read A DevotionalThe purpose of devotionals is to spend focused time with God in His word and prayer. Devotions are like exercise for our souls. They force our attention off worldly distractions and worries and on to God’s purposes and promises. By the power of God’s Spirit, our minds are renewed, and our spirits are lifted.
Gratitude Journal We all have bad days every once in a while, but sometimes a bad day becomes a week, and then a month, and then it begins to feel endless. So writing a list of all the things you are grateful for in a gratitude journal is a good way to begin to focus on more positive things.
Listen To Worship Music During their troubled times, many men and women in the Bible sang songs of their trust and devotion to God. Worship songs are full of melodies and lyrics that cause our spirits to soar. They bring encouragement, melt away fears, frees our minds from our worries, and opens our heart to God, who has the ability to move our mountains with His mighty miracles.
Join Something A bible study group, book club, or meetup group, Something that keeps you connected and grounded. None of us have the answers on our own, that is why God designed us to need each other. We’re better together.
Meditate. Sit quietly and observe. That’s it. It’s ridiculously simple, but somehow it leads to inner calm and increased happiness. If just sitting makes you cringe then start with a meditation app. A few notable options are Insight Timer, Calm, and Headspace.
Remember quality over quantity. Start with 5 Minutes, as you become more comfortable with your practice, you can increase the time you spend meditating.
Volunteer Volunteering is not just good for the health of our communities: it’s good for our personal health, as well. Research shows that volunteering can help lift your spirits and may even make you healthier and improve longevity. There are many ways one can serve, and whether big or small, each gesture makes an impact. If you need to ease into it, you can start small by performing simple acts of kindness for someone who needs help. For example, prepare a meal, pull their trashcans to the curb on trash pickup day, make cards, and send them to a senior home. There are countless ways in which you can help others.
Clinical depression looks different for everyone, but hallmark signs include changes in appetite, feeling tired or exhausted all the time, loss of interest in things you once enjoyed or even physical pain or achiness. If you’re not experiencing any little joys or breakthrough moments of happiness, it might be time to reach out for support.