By Greg.Digital “Mr. Meditate & Motivate”
Peace to the tribe, welcome to the Holistic Hallway.
“If you’re not helping, you’re hurting”
It’s not an easy task to let your guard down or to show signs of vulnerability. Admitting to a friend or family member that you’re not ok is difficult for many of us. Feeling anything opposed to the daily “norm” of ok to some of us is a shameful feeling. In certain communities, families, and cultures speaking on your feelings is a very rare occasion. Many of us are taught to be tough, always show your best self. I’m here to say it’s ok to feel uneasy. It’s better to speak on how you feel versus holding it in. Holding in grief, guilt, anger, pettiness, agony, and any other ill-feeling is a heavy self-destructive task. Learning to communicate better is a task I’ve been working on for some time now. I know that many others are working on their communication skills as well. Go through the motions of not being ok. Don’t allow it to consume you and hinder you from doing things that need to be done and hold you back from being your best self.
7 things you can do to help you feel better
Play your favorite music
Music is life to me and a few others that are in my circle. Music has been there when I wasn’t able to be vocal about my feelings. It’s something about playing your favorite songs or songs from your childhood, that just puts you at ease. Certain frequencies can alter your mood, which is why certain songs uplift or decrease your mood.
- Go for a walk
Talk to a genuine friend or family member about the situation or feeling(s)
One thing I highly value is someone I can speak to about anything my mind may be over-analyzing. I tend to feel better once I get my thoughts out and have a productive conversation about it. Realizing you can’t hold everything in and you need to vent or just talk to someone you can trust is vital when you’re not feeling ok.
- Read a book
Many times I don’t feel ok I will pick up a book to learn something new or put on an audiobook. When you distract the mind you tend to forget certain things, especially the things that don’t deserve too much of our attention or energy.
Operate from your life gift(s)
We all have a gift or many gifts. Some of us don’t utilize those gifts. Many musicians, artists, and creators develop their best work in some of their darkest hours. When you can find a silver lining in moments and use them to your advantage that’s a form of self-mastery. Pick up that notepad and write a new poem, write new music, make a new drawing, a new fashion piece. Whatever your talent, attack it head first!
Get some rest
I believe sleep and naps are essential when you need a refuel moment make sure you take it. I’ve crashed plenty of times in the past due to a lack of sleep. Lack of sleep can alter your mood, decrease your drive and motivation. Some days are supposed to be self-care days. Drink your water, eat good, and let the body and mind rest.
Do something new
Falling into a daily routine can be a bit annoying and it can decrease your mood and create an “I’ll get to it when I feel like it” mindset. Don’t have a daily routine? Check out our blog on ways to tweak your daily routine. Doing new things, learning new things always enhances your mood. It’s easy to get intimidated in a time where unlimited knowledge and new activities are available to your fingertips. Take things one step at a time and do things you’ve had on your bucket list. Don’t have a bucket list? Good create one lol you just found something new to do.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
― Henry Ford
- It’s ok if you don’t feel like yourself
- It’s ok if you want to curse more than usual
- It’s ok to be depressed
- It’s ok if it’s hard to find the words to express how you feel
- It’s ok not to feel the most valuable
- It’s ok if you’re panicking over not being able to control your circumstances
- It’s ok you’re feeling more cynical than usual
Keep in mind tough times don’t last forever. You’ll get through it in due time. There is a silver lining in everything, it’s up to you to figure out what it is. No matter how small or big it may be.
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