There are probably days when you wake up wishing you just didn’t have to get out of bed because you feel like there is nothing to look forward to. We’ve all had that feeling from time to time and it’s indescribably hard to get through such days. Your energy levels feel sapped and you are enveloped in a dark shroud of gloom. Fortunately, you don’t have to despair and give in to those feelings of hopelessness. There are plenty of effective ways to boost your energy levels and uplift your mood.
1. Focus On Your Body
“Drag yourself out of bed and start your day with some mild physical activity”
Yes, it’s hard to stay motivated when you have low energy levels, but giving in to those feelings will only make you feel more lethargic and fatigued. Drag yourself out of bed and start your day with some mild physical activity like yoga or any low intensity exercise routine. Several studies have shown that exercise has an anti-depressant effect, most likely caused by the release of endorphins.
2. Heal The Inner Child
“Meditative practices have a profoundly calming effect on the mind and body, helping resolve deep rooted issues”
All of us carry some amount of emotional baggage from our childhood and past lives – the experiences and circumstances that led us to where we are today. Meditative practices have a profoundly calming effect on the mind and body, helping resolve deep rooted issues that can otherwise impede the quality of life. This is why disciplines like yoga are often recommended for individuals suffering from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
3. Get Out Into Nature
“Mental health professionals agree that the experience of nature reduces mental fatigue and helps fend off depression”
To instantly snap out of early morning depression, simply step out for a walk in the park. Yes, that may be the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling down, but it’s an instant mood booster. Mental health professionals agree that the experience of nature, including those at urban parks, reduces mental fatigue and helps fend off depression.
4. Work With A Sense Of Purpose And Passion
“Positive psychology teaches us that passion for a task can be the best motivator to accomplish goals”
Try to take pride in your work and take on the challenges with a sense of passion and purpose. Positive psychology teaches us that passion for a task can be the best motivator to accomplish goals. This helps ward of feelings of hopelessness and you will get out bed looking forward to your new accomplishments, instead of dreading the challenges.
5. Be Child-Like, Play Often
“Recreational activity can be therapeutic for mental health patients, as it reduces stress, anxiety, and depression”
Several studies have shown that regular physical activity can actually be therapeutic for mental health patients, as it reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. Recreational activities can be enjoyed almost anywhere and you could even try activities like gardening, sports like badminton or table-tennis, trekking, swimming, and lots more. This will bring back those feelings of carefree cheer that we took for granted as children.
6. Nourish Your Mind And Have Intelligent Conversations
“Keeping mentally active reduces the risk of degenerative conditions like dementia”
Our minds are more often than not filled with clutter and meaningless gossip, as we spend too much time on social networking sites and too little in real conversations or reading. Constantly learning and absorbing knowledge from books and through interaction with others can help sharpen your mind and it also improves cognitive skills. Keeping mentally active also reduces the risk of degenerative conditions like dementia.
7. Find A Higher Purpose
“Whether or not you believe in a god, you can celebrate and reflect over your state of oneness with the universe”
Humans crave connection and a sense of purpose, which is precisely why religious groups and cults are always drawing followers across the world. Whether or not you believe in a god, you can celebrate and reflect over your state of oneness with the universe. You can either pray to your god or write down your thoughts. This will give you greater clarity and focus.
8. Maintain A Gratitude Journal
“Maintaining a journal or diary to keep track of your reasons to be grateful will help you become more appreciative”
When things are tough it’s hard to stay motivated and positive. Under such circumstances we tend to overwhelmingly focus on the negative, while ignoring everything good around us. Maintaining a journal or diary, in which you write down everything that you should be grateful for, will help you be more appreciative. As your outlook becomes more positive, you will start to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.
If these tips do not help you snap out of your state of depression, it would be a good idea to seek professional help. Occasional bouts of depression are normal, but constant feelings of anxiety and hopelessness could be indicative of more serious clinical depression.
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