Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Coping Mechanisms: Simple Ways to Brighten Your Day

Bad days happen. Sometimes, unexpected events catch us off guard, small frustrations pile up, and major life changes knock the wind out of us. That can send us on a downward spiral…seeing only the negative. If you’re having a bad day at work or just need to infuse your day with a little joy, keep reading. These coping mechanisms will help you brighten your day in no time!

Pay It Forward. There is no easier way to feel better than to make someone else feel better. Doing something simple, like giving a compliment, smiling to a stranger, or saying thank you can make a world of difference in another person’s life. Whenever you are feeling down – focus on small acts of kindness. You will instantly feel better.

Write Out a Gratitude List. It is amazing how often we forget how rich our lives are. This makes it especially important to work on gratitude. Take a few minutes to write out five to ten things that you are grateful for right now. (Your list may include loved ones, having a job that helps you pay the bills, a new book you’re reading, or the endless opportunities that are available to you.) By the time you finish? You’ll be smiling.

Spend Time Outdoors. Not all of us love to be outside. Personally, I am more of an “indoor cat.” I prefer to be inside rather than outside. However, studies have proven that fifteen to twenty minutes in a natural setting can boost your mood. So, go for a walk after dinner or eat your lunch outside. It doesn’t matter what you do…. just make sure you set aside a little time to connect to nature.

Don’t Be Afraid to Smile. You may not be in a smiling mood. That’s okay! Faking a smile is just as effective as a genuine smile. This simple act has actually been found to reduce stress levels. To feel better (and brighten your day), try smiling to yourself. Before long your problems will seem a little more manageable.

In the words of John Denver, “Some days are diamonds. Some days are stones.” Whether your day is a diamond or a stone…you can still enjoy life. Try any one of these coping mechanisms the next time you feel low!

- Shannon

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