You could pore over photos of loved ones or fun times, holidays, best memories. Dig out a favourite novel. Spend some time on a long-neglected hobby. Anything that will make you smile, whatever that might be for you.
Buy yourself some flowers or some other little unusual delight. A meal out, a take-away. Some little thing you’ve been wanting for some time but haven’t allowed yourself to do it — yet. Do it now.
Whatever the treat, if there is something you would do for a friend who is feeling a little out of sorts, you can do it for yourself, too.
Doing a random act of kindness can do a world of good, especially if it’s done anonymously.
Leave flowers on the doorstep of an elderly neighbour. Drop a cheery greeting card in someone’s mailbox just to say, “You’re fabulous!” Pay for the person behind you at the coffee shop. There’s no end to the possibilities. If you’re stuck, search online for ideas and you’ll find plenty.
…and you still feel “down” for a while despite these or other efforts, maybe it’s time to dig a little deeper. Have a chat with your doctor or health care provider or a clergyman. Ask trusted friends if they know a good counsellor.
Sometimes feeling like this is just a sign that you’re in transition. You’re leaving behind some old beliefs or patterns and moving into new ones. It might not even be particularly conscious. You just have a sense that something is changing.
As those changes are happening, you might feel an underlying sense of grief. You’re letting go of the past and who you were. You’re stepping into a new you and a new future, even if you’re not sure how it will look.
Maybe you’re just feeling stuck and you have no idea where to begin so you can move forward again.
If that’s how you’re feeling, I have an uplifting gift for you, my 5-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck. It comes with some downloadable colouring images (using them is optional but colouring is therapeutic!).
Everyone feels like this at times. It might just be an occasional, inexplicable blip. It might mean something else is going on. But whatever it is, please remember that this, too, shall pass. And in the meantime, know that you’re not alone.