Go out into nature. Studies show that spending time in nature will positively affect your mood. Even if you can only step outside your home, you’ll still be embraced by the sun and perhaps the lovely sound of the birds. And while you are out there, notice all the things you are grateful for and acknowledge them by listing them out in your head.
Reframe how you see things. For example, instead of saying, “I have to work,” say, “I get to go to work.” This simple hack will change your life and make you appreciate that you get to do all these different things. There are many people who would love to be able to work, but can’t or love to be able to exercise, but can’t. So, be appreciative of it. You get to do all this great stuff. And I know it doesn’t feel great sometimes to do either, but just look at the reward you get, versus the action of doing it.
Write a note from your guardian angel or your older (future ) self. This note should be a positive note. Hopefully, this will come easy and you care deeply about yourself, but if not imagine you are writing it for someone you care deeply about. I want you to tell yourself how great you are and how things are going to get better. I want you to tell yourself that you are never alone and have the ability to not only be happy but accomplish great things. Below is an excerpt from my book, “I Just Want to be Happy and Feel Better About Myself.” Feel free to use my letter if you have a problem writing one:
Dear wonderful you, (Yes you are wonderful!!!)
You’re the most amazing person in the world. I’m proud you’re taking steps to make yourself happier and you know what, I can tell already it has made a difference. I love it when you smile, as it lights up the room. In fact, do me a favor right now and smile really big for me, come on…no one is watching. Look at that beautiful and contagious smile. You’re a wonderful person with a very generous heart. You give everything you do 100 percent and you never give up. You’re a great person. I love how you help others. You brighten everyone’s day by just being around. I know you can do anything that you put your mind to. Never give up and always keep smiling.
With much love,
Your guardian angel (or you can sign it however you’d like)
After you write it, read it first thing in the morning and then again at night. Also please read it anytime you feel sad.
Please know you’re not alone and if no one has told you today, let me tell you, I care about you and believe in your abilities to be great.