All of us go through tough times now and then. When that happens, it helps to have a few backup activities to take your mind off your troubles. Here are some things to do that can lift your spirits when life seems difficult.
For many people, reading books and magazines offers a fun escape to the imaginary realms of fiction or intriguing historical facts. Getting lost in a good book is a wonderful way to explore new ideas and stories. In fact, reading enlightens us about ourselves and the world around us, providing insight along with entertainment. Since many books are available online, you can either buy them or borrow digital versions from the public library. Either free or low cost, reading is one of life’s simple delights.
Exercise your creative interests and unleash your imagination by exploring an inventive medium of expression like painting, woodworking, or clay sculpture. You can also sew, knit, or crochet a decorative shirt, hat, or bag. Cooking is another way to be creative while experimenting with recipes and planning different types of meals. You might experiment with photography, writing, or scrapbooking as other ways of being creative. Try something new, like joining a sports team, as physical activity also makes you feel better. Doing something of value or appeal is an excellent way to feel good about life.
A well-proven means of enhancing your mood is to donate time, money, or serve to help a worthy cause. Helping others makes us feel good about ourselves. You can post positive messages in social media or send someone a handwritten greeting card. If feasible, you can assist a few hours weekly at the local food bank or a favorite charity. Mailing a check or making an online credit card contribution to an organization that is helping people in need will help to lift your spirits while improving the lives of others.
When you feel at a low point in your life, look up. Prayer has been shown to give despairing people hope. Attend a place of worship and consider seeking spiritual counsel. Sharing music, praise, and prayers with others of like-minded values can help you feel positive about your life and the future.
By directing your attention outward to new things and activities, you can diminish despair and begin to feel happy again. Take time to be thoughtful, creative, and innovative as you explore new and meaningful aspects of life.