Have you been feeling “down” and don’t know why? Does it seem like no matter how good things might be, you can’t shake a persistent feeling of negativity? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. If it feels like you’ve tried to improve, tried to feel better, and nothing has worked, there is help and there is hope. Dr. Yvonne Thomas, an experienced Los Angeles therapist, has helped many to better navigate life’s challenges through therapy.
That said, sometimes, there are little things you can do in the course of a day when you’re feeling down to pick yourself up.
Tune In, Tune Out
Need a break from the chaos? Plug in your earbuds and escape into the world of your favorite tunes. It’s possible that altering the tempo can tailor your emotional experience. A slower rhythm for relaxation or a heavy, throbbing beat to work through anger—customize your playlist for a personalized mood lift. You can do this whether you’re at the gym, on the bus, in the car, at your desk, etc.
Don’t Ignore Lights, Color, and More
Harsh overhead lighting can intensify stress and irritation. Switch on a softer desk lamp to create a more soothing ambiance. The gentle glow can work wonders in calming your nerves and creating a more comfortable workspace. If possible, try to infuse your surroundings with the warmth of yellow and orange. Whether it’s a vibrant outfit or a bouquet of flowers, surrounding yourself with these colors can evoke a sense of happiness.
Obviously, this won’t solve all of your problems, but it can make you feel a bit better when you’re having a rough go of it.
Happy Place Visualization: It Really Can Work
Close your eyes and transport yourself to your happy place, whether it’s a tropical beach or your childhood bedroom. Dr. Thomas has found that visualizing a cherished location can significantly improve your mood by changing your mental scenery. If you can’t exactly visualize that in the moment, reminisce about a past enjoyable encounter. That could work, too.
Give Yourself A Small Break (or Breaks) Throughout the Day
You’re busy. You work hard. If you can, step outside for a natural mood reset. Whether it’s enjoying lunch in a nearby park or lying on the grass in your backyard, exposure to nature can help your emotional as well as your physical health. If you can’t get away from work to do that, when you can, take a deep breath. Inhale slowly for five seconds, then exhale for five. It doesn’t have to take long to give yourself a boost.
Long-Lasting Help from an Experienced Los Angeles Therapist
One thing you can always work on to make yourself feel better: is being kind and compassionate to yourself. You don’t have to go through what you’re going through alone. In moments of need, seeking assistance from an experienced therapist like Dr. Thomas can be a crucial step toward self-care and emotional well-being.
As we navigate the complexities of life, weaving little boosts into our daily interactions can become a transformative force. For better, more positive, and healthier ways to navigate life’s challenges day after day, schedule a complimentary free consultation with Dr. Thomas through the site or by calling.