Lighten up and live longer – part 3

I have seen many posts lately by people who are finding themselves in a bad mood from a variety of reasons: lack of employment, a disintegrating relationship, the cold weather, even a touch of flu.

The cause really doesn’t matter. The important thing is to take action and get out of any bad mood as quickly as possible. Bad moods affect your vitality and are detrimental to your health. Staying in a bad mood to let everyone know how upset you are is like shooting yourself in the foot.

Here is a short list of things you might want to do if you’re feeling less than your usual self: (If you’re feeling great, try this on someone who is not doing as well as you are.)

1. First, get some sleep. Forget the TV, skip the tour of your favorite websites, just take a hot shower and sleep for as long as you can.

2. Take vitamins and eat frequent light meals. Avoid heavy meals. Cut back on drinking and smoking. Get some sort of exercise, even if it is a short walk around your neighborhood.

3. Put some balance into your life. Make sure you have time for yourself. Make sure you have time for others.

4. Let somebody know you care about them. They will appreciate it and you will feel much better. If you can actually help them, it will help you feel much better.

5. If there is something in your life that is bothering you and it won’t go away, find some small part of it that you can look at without getting upset or overwhelmed.

Figure out what you can do about that small part and leave the rest alone for now.

6. Find some small part of your life you can organize and organize it.

7. Set a modest goal and get some work done. It will help your morale.

8. Do steps 1-8 again until you feel better and are ready to resume normal programming.

One last point, always make sure you look up words you don’t understand. Trying to work or study when there are any words you don’t understand will make your life a blur of pain and unconsciousness. You will feel stupid and resentful and this will interfere with any attempt to improve your mood.

Give yourself every advantage and lighten up. You are important to those who depend on you.

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0 Responses to Lighten up and live longer – part 3

  1. Trey says:

    These points are really sound, and, OK, OK, I’ll admit it, needed at the moment. Thanks for posting them.

  2. oldcatman says:

    If ‘something’ is ‘bothering me’, I write a post about it
    and let off steam, with an extra bit of ‘hype’……..

  3. ChefQuix says:

    One of the things I enjoy most if I’m feeling blue is smiling at strangers… It’s not much but you feel that much more connected to the world when they smile back as they pass you by and out of your life. It also brightens their day as well. 🙂

  4. David says:

    ChefQuix, thanks for jogging my memory.

    There is a simple exercise you can do by yourself which will lift your spirits.
    Go to a place where there a lot of people such as a shopping mall.
    Simply walk around and notice people, lots of people.
    Smiling at them is optional, as you may not feel like doing that at first.
    However, you will be smiling at them by the time you finish.
    Do this until you feel better and repeat this every few days for a week or two.

    You will find that this simple activity will extrovert you and leave you refreshed.

  5. Pearl says:

    David
    As usual, your website is the calm center.

    Lightening up is an excellent series and it’s easy to digest.

    Thank you.

  6. I’m usually a pretty calm person, compared to my older and more angry self. I’m not perfect, but I am trying! 😉

    –TwoDragons

  7. ChefQuix says:

    I often do this at parties while on the way out to have a cigarette. I love to perceive people. 😉

  8. mal says:

    Dear David,

    I really enjoy while reading this post and made me think that my life is not that bad at all. Life is always wonderful, my parents are always there for me.Even sometimes I feel lonely and depressed.

    I really do hope that we can be friends. I have blog too but I write it totally in my mother tounge language which you will not understand.

    regards,
    Kamal from Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

  9. Kedar says:

    Hi David,
    I found this post through google as I was searching for some advice to lighten me up. It’s the weather, you know!
    But when I read this post (and other articles in your blog) I felt much better. I liked your blog very much and I will keep visiting it in future. Thanks very much for all the advice.

    cheers,
    Kedar

  10. samantha says:

    Thank You, just a few tips can help a lot, I am always very busy and stressed with my pre-med studies, the bills, the animals, you know life and I like to make it harder on my self and I am way to serious.

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