Feeling out of sorts is something that can happen for all kinds of reasons. You might find that you feel out of sorts after a particularly busy week at work, and in turn, this can make you overindulge at the weekend and feel even worse – not really a way to prepare for another busy week.
You may even feel out of sorts for reasons unbeknownst to you. Depression and other mental health issues are at a high these days, what with us all feeling under pressure from social media to do better. Many of us feel like we’re just not enough. Maybe the weather is affecting your mood – seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is real, and as soon as winter hits many people find themselves feeling lower than before, and it can be very disheartening.
If you’re feeling out of sorts, it’s important to note that there are things you can do. You don’t have to accept this as your reality. Below, we discuss what you can do to feel better:
Start Taking Better Care Of Yourself
Self care is an absolute must if you’re feeling out of sorts. You should be prioritizing self care year round, but it becomes even more important when you’re not feeling too good. Self care refers to all kinds of things, from making sure you have enough time to relax, to making sure you move your body in a way that you enjoy. Here are a few ways you should be taking good care of yourself:
- Get fresh air and sunlight every day
- Get into a consistent sleeping pattern and make sure you’re getting the sleep you need
- Move your body regularly
- Eat plenty of fresh, natural foods and meal prep to avoid junk food
- Avoid tuning in to those negative thoughts and choose thoughts that make you feel better instead
What can you do to take care of yourself? Journaling can be a great way to identify your feelings and figure out what you can do to feel better.
Turn To Your Support System For Help
Having a great support system can help just about anybody to feel better. Do you have family and friends that you can turn to? If so, choose people you can trust and tell them how you feel. They’ll listen, and might even share stories of their own that will make you feel better. Keep the people you love close, even when you’re feeling low.
Get Professional Help
Sometimes, professional help is necessary. A counselor or therapist could help you to look at your situation and your feelings and figure out what you can do to feel better in your specific situation. Even a personal injury lawyer can help you to feel better if you’re dealing with an injury, as they can take care of the legal aspects of your injury and help you to reduce stress.
Do Things You Enjoy More
Taking the time to do things you enjoy will bring a little light to your life, even if you feel low. Paint, write, draw. Cook nice food. See friends more often. Go running. Take classes and go to workshops. Do whatever it takes to enjoy your life.