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10 Ways to Fight Against Sadness

10 Ways to Fight Against Sadness

No matter how happy we are in our day to day lives, we’ll still have those days when we feel sad.

It’s unfortunate that saying you’re going to be happy and actually being happy is a lot harder than feeling sad, but it’s true. It’s easy to let things get us down: a bad day at work, a rude comment, tough criticism, or even those days when nothing seems to go right. Fortunately, though, there are things you can do to fight against sadness and increase your happiness.

Eat Spicy Food

There’s a reason so many people enjoy eating spicy food, even when it burns. The reason for that is eating spicy food like chili peppers actually releases endorphins. And the reason eating spicy food helps to release endorphins is because when you eat something that’s hot a chemical compound called capsaicin, the thing that makes chili peppers spicy, clings to your pain receptors in the mucous membrane of your mouth and nose. That sends a signal to your brain that you’re in pain, so your body releases endorphins to make you feel better.

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Use Essential Oils

Scent plays such a huge role in our emotions. For those who already use essential oil, you’ll know that there is a blend to adjust every mood. Which means there is a blend of essential oils to help make you feel happier. Those scents include orange, rose, jasmine, coriander clove bud, bergamot, lemon, geranium, cinnamon, ginger and petitgrain, ylang-ylang and lavender. Every blend has a different effect on you, so do a bit of research to find out what is best for you and take a whiff.

Listen to Music

Another sense you should use to elevate your mood is your hearing. Listening to music can help you fight against feeling sad and improve your mood, especially if you listen to fun, upbeat tunes that make you feel good. So put together a happy playlist, and the next time you find yourself feeling down simply push play.

Exercise

Everyone knows that exercising helps increase our brain’s dopamine production, which is a chemical that’s necessary to feel happy, but did you know it only takes just a few minutes for it to work? And you don’t know even need to push yourself very hard; a simple 10 minute walk around the block or a short amount of time on an exercise bike should do the trick.

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Laugh

One of the best ways to boost your mood from sad to happy in just a few minutes is to laugh. However, when you’re already feeling sad laughing is often the last thing you want to do. So if you don’t feel like laughing, try watching a special by your favorite comedian or perusing silly YouTube videos.

Eat Chocolate

Chocolate is a natural painkiller, and it releases endorphins. But, don’t go for commercial candy bars that offer more sugar and artificial ingredients; instead choose a chocolate option that is purer, preferably at least 70 per cent cocoa.

Practice Gratitude

Sometimes finding things to be grateful for is extremely difficult, but once you learn to remind yourself of all of the good things in your life you’ll notice that it’s easier to feel happy. Writing out a gratitude list each day helps make you aware of all of the things in your life that are amazing, which is surprisingly easy to forget. Even though this seems like an easy task to do, it can be a lot more difficult than you might imagine, but will also have a huge impact on your life.

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Get Outside

By just spending 20 minutes a day outside you can boost your mood. Being outside helps your body absorb Vitamin D, which has been found to help prevent depression.

Spend Time With Friends

Whenever you’re feeling sad, call a friend and make plans to get together. Having something to look forward to will give you something to feel excited about, and being around your friends will make you happy just by being able to talk and laugh with them.

Smile

Finally, make yourself smile, even when you don’t want to. It has been scientifically proven that smiling will actually make you feel happy. So even you don’t feel like it, fake it until you make it.

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Featured photo credit: Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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