24 Simple Things You Can Do To Feel Better When You're Feeling Down

We've all been there.

Life throws challenges at every one of us and it can be hard to get yourself back on your feet after a difficult one. We've all had moments where we find ourselves in a funk and wish we could snap out of it. We should all learn to give ourselves permission to not be happy, or perfect, or extroverted at all times. It's OK and completely normal to feel down and not like yourself once in awhile. So, we should try to be nice to ourselves when that's the case. 

But there are also plenty of things we can do to try to make ourselves feel better. Whether it's talking to a loved one or going outside for a run, there are simple things we all can do to attempt to improve our bad moods. 

Reddit user LucidGloom was looking for some tips on this and posted on the platform to ask, "When you're feeling down, what *genuinely* makes you feel a ton better?" The question received nearly 900 responses just nine hours after being posted. The question is certainly a good one and one many of us can benefit from hearing the answers to. 

A lot of people had some simple, but immensely valuable advice. Scroll through to see some of the best responses. 

1. Call or spend time with someone you care about.

2. Make something. It doesn't have to be impressive. It just has to come from you.

3. Do an activity you enjoy with a supportive group of people.

4. Exercise, even if you really don't feel like it in the moment.

5. Eat a meal you love.

6. Spend some time alone in nature.

7. Listen to music that matches your mood.

8. Get a good night's sleep.

9. Spend some time with your pet.

10. Do simple, productive chores.

11. Watch a Bob Ross paint show.

12. Take a nice, refreshing shower.

13. Go for a walk.

14. Get dressed up for yourself.

15. Ride your bike.

16. Turn on "The Great British Bake-Off."

17. Try to make someone else smile.

18. Take deep, intentional breaths.

19. Watch a kids' movie.

20. Remind yourself of all the things you have to be grateful for.

21. Let a book transport you to another world for a little while.

22. Have a good cry.

23. Write down how you feel.

24. Reach out to a professional for help.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health issues, there are a number of resources available to provide support. Check them out here.

Cover image via Xavier Sotomayor on Unsplash

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