NO BAD VIBES
Everyone has times when they’re feeling a bit down, sometimes you don’t even know why. But when you find yourself struggling, there are things you can do to shake off that bad energy.
raise your hand if some days all you wanna do is curl up in the fetal position and not deal with the current situation that is your life? We’ve legit all been there. It’s important to be kind to yourself – these healthy habits can help you get rid of negative energy and boost your mood.
Sometimes you might have a string of days that feel hopelessly bad. Our natural reaction is to focus on the negatives, which has a snowball effect – pretty soon you feel like everything is going wrong. You have to push aside this way of thinking and look for the positives.
A gratitude journal is all about expressing your feels, specifically, what you feel grateful for. There are a million ways to fill out a gratitude journal – you don’t have to write a 10-page essay, you can write something as simple as, “my cat was in a cuddly mood today”.
It’s all about what made YOU feel good, so whatever that is, no matter how big or small, write it down. When you’ve finished, read over your entry several times. It’s all about retraining your brain to do with the positives what it naturally does with the negatives, so you learn to focus on the good. Finding things to be grateful for or that make you happy can be a huge mood booster and give you a bit of perspective on your current sitch.
Meditating is about taking some alone time to clear your mind and be present in the moment. Often meditation requires you to focus on one thing, whether that’s conscious breathing, a mantra or expelling negative energy from your body.
There are a whole bunch of ways to meditate, and how you do it is completely up to you. You’d actually be surprised by how many things you already do that can be classed as meditating, like listening to your fave music, going for walks, cooking, reading, colouring in, dancing, exercising – anything that makes you feel more at ease. Other ways of meditating can be a little more ‘zen’, like yoga or guided meditation apps, or you could try this simple four-step practice:
Lay down with your back on the ground with a medium-sized book under your head so that your spine feels straight and elongated. You can do all this with your eyes open or closed – up to you.
Pop your knees up with your feet hip-width apart, or pop your legs on a chair that’s knee height to create a 90-degree angle, whichever is easiest and feels comfortable.
Once you’re comfortable, breathe deeply into your lungs and feel your chest expand. Then, start at your toes and imagine your body parts stretching out both lengthways and sideways to really expand; spend about 30-60 seconds on each part of your body, making your way to the top of your head.
When you reach your head, lay there and just enjoy being still and conscious of your body and how it feels until you’re ready to come out of the meditation.
4. Switching off
We might not realise it but sometimes technology can seriously bring us down. When you’re having a rough time and you’re scrolling through pics of people enjoying themselves and looking fabulous, there’s no doubt it can make you feel much worse. It’s important to remember that people always post the best bits of their life, and leave out the not so happy moments.
So, instead of hitting up your socials when you’re feeling flat, leave the phone at home and go for a walk, spend time with your family, take your pet for a walk, or read a book.
When you do something that makes you happy and makes you forget about your life online for a while, it allows you to live in the moment and stop comparing yourself to others.