5 Simple To-Do’s When You’re Feeling Down

“If flowers can
teach themselves
how to bloom after
winter passes,
so can you.”

– Noor Shirazie, Springtime

1. “Spring Cleaning”. Clean out your closet, your desktop, your storage unit – donate the things you haven’t used or thought about for awhile. De-cluttering your life will not only clear your space and help you start fresh; people in less-fortunate situations may be able to benefit greatly.

2. Invite some like-minded and encouraging friends over and celebrate life together. There are those friends who are there to help you search for solutions. There are those who are prepared to be a shoulder to cry on. And then there are some ‘friends’ are just there to party. Surround yourself with the people who support you just as full-heartedly when you’re feeling down as when you’re soaring on cloud 9. Sit around a campfire, swim in the ocean, make shakes, play games, etc. The time you enjoy is never really time wasted.

3. Make a playlist and just jam. Music is one of the easiest ways to both lose and find yourself. Go retro and burn a CD. Label it ‘pick-me-up mix’, pop it into your car’s stereo, go for a drive, and belt your voice out of an open window. Or listen to it while in the shower and utilize those amazing bathroom acoustics. Or replicate Pharrell’s “Happy” music video and showcase your dancing skills while grooving down the street. Let the rhythm move you!

4. Get your body moving. Get some fresh air. Pardon my segue from the above bullet point… but get your blood pumping! Most of us are constantly void of motion all day; work, school, drive car, sleep, repeat. Make some time to utilize the energy that caffeine and vitamin B supplements are giving to you. Try new things and find an exercise or an activity that you enjoy. Mix it up often!

5. Make your own ‘to-do’ list and actually do the things on it! ‘List-oriented’ or not, we’ve all got ‘so much to do and so little time’. But guess what? The most productive person in the world only has twenty-four hours a day, too! Distractions are everywhere and excuses are plenty. Get those things that you are stressing over started and then finish them. Problems are meant to be solved, not worried about. De-stress and do!

“If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in?”

– Jenni


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