The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the blues as “a feeling of sadness or depression”.
A lot of people experience the blues from time to time. It’s not as serious as general or major, clinical depression, but it can still interfere with your life. The good news is that you actually can do something about it.
Here are 5 ways to help beat it:
1. Think about getting a pet. Research shows that pet owners live longer and suffer fewer emotional problems. The constant companion and the healing power that comes from petting and loving a creature where mutual dependence and unconditional love exists has been proven to lower blood pressure and promote overall health as well. Taking a walk with your dog or playing with your cat can make you feel happier and less stressful.
2. Exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to join a gym or buy expensive workout equipment. A simple walk or swim 2 or 3 times a week will do. It helps you expend the pent-up stress, and helps your cardiovascular system as well.
3. Take up a hobby. Hobbies, from painting to birdhouse building, relaxes you and gives you time to spend with yourself or your friends. If you don’t have a special hobby, maybe becoming a volunteer is something you can do. There are plenty of community organizations, families, and individuals that could use your help. You could read to a hospice patient, deliver groceries to an elderly person, or become a Big Brother or Sister to a child in need.
4. Get plenty of rest. Rest makes us feel good and happy. It will help ease anxious feelings that can lead to the blues. Insomnia and lack of sleep can affect your physical and emotional health. Even a nap through the day will help you. Pamper yourself with the right kind of mattress, comfortable sleepwear, and relaxing atmosphere, like scented candles or soft music.
5. Try to get to the root of your minor depression and eliminate it. Is it finances? Maybe you could move to a less expensive home, consolidate some bills, or take on a part-time job.
If it’s a relationship, take stock of it and see if it’s making you happy or unhappy. If unhappy, then realize that life is too short and your mental health too precious to let it continue.
This article isn’t a comprehensive approach to the blues. It’s just a guide to get you to thinking about what you can do for yourself to help alleviate it. If you find that the your feelings of feeling down or low don’t lift on their own regardless of what you do, seek advice from a mental health professional, or tell your doctor. Living in a constant state of “the blues” may be a sign of depression, and can be addressed with therapy, or medication, or a combination if necessary.
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