by Sarah Wilkinson, Class of ’17
Sometimes something awful happens and your mood dips to the dangerously low levels: you’re in a funk. It doesn’t even have to be something big – anything can tip the scales. When you’re in the middle of something important – class, work, an interview – you have to find a way to power through the funk.
This article from themuse.com has some excellent suggestions. You can read it for yourself, or read on for a brief recap.
- Have a item (or talisman) that makes you feel happy. It can be your guitar, your favorite book, a rock you picked out of the creek in fourth grade.
- Get off your Facebook newsfeed and make a personal connection. Talk to someone. Seriously – it helps.
- Make someone’s day. Go to gofundme.com and donate a dollar to a random cause that interests you. Write a little thank you note to your favorite teacher for being awesome and drop it in their mailbox.
- Take a moment and be grateful.
- Use the Mindfulness App to help get you in the habit of deep breathing. Take full, slow breathes targets the adrenals, reducing stress and boosting your mood.
- Don’t compare, compete, criticize, or complain. Negativity begets negativity!
- Find a quiet spot and be by yourself.
- Listen to your favorite song.
- Take a walk to clear your head.
Most suffering is caused by us running away from a feeling. We don’t want to accept our sadness, so we get angry at it. One of the best things you can do is take a moment to accept what you’re feeling – no matter what it is – and then continue with your day. Let it out, do what you have to do, and move past the little bump in the road. Because that’s all it is: a little bump.
Source: The Muse