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How to Cheer yourself up

You’re having a bad day? I’m so sorry. I know it doesn’t help much, but it happens to everybody once in a while. Some days are what I call ‘just get through it’ days. You just have to hunker down and deal with it till bedtime. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help you along the way.

Remember, this too shall pass. No matter how irritating today is, it will eventually be over.

Think about someone you love, and someone who loves you. Just knowing that there are people out there somewhere who may at that very moment be thinking of you can bring a smile to your face. Your body can’t tell the difference between actually being with that person and just thinking about it so those endorphins will start flowing, improving your mood immediately.

Speaking of smiling, smile. Even if it feels so fake it hurts, do it. Believe it or not, it really can help.

Make a list of all the things that are contributing to your bad mood. Fold up the sheet of paper so you can’t see what’s written on it. Stare at it intensely for several minutes, projecting as much of your negativity onto it as you can. Now, burn it.

Go outside for a few minutes. Even if it means standing in a driving rain, a howling wind or a blinding snow-storm, do it. The cleansing, purging power of nature is immensely healing.

Finish an unfinished project. Sometimes we start a project, get almost to the endand lose steam. We just decide we’ve done enough and something is better than nothing. Tying up those loose ends will give you a sense of completion, closure and satisfaction.

Eat something healthy with a big glass or bottle of water. Fresh, nutritious food will naturally boost your blood sugar without all that nasty guilt. Besides, doing something good for yourself is naturally satisfying.

Do a cardio workout. Workout hard enough to make yourself sweat, then keep it up for as long as you feel comfortable. Exercise gets those endorphins going, and while you are sweating, imagine all the negativity oozing out right along with it.

Count your blessings. Literally. Write them down on a sheet of paper and number them. Either carry it with you and look at it frequently through out the day, or post it somewhere where you’ll see it from time to time. Better yet, make a copy of it and do both.

Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish: in the next week, the next month, the next year. Break that list down into smaller, doable goals and do one.