Tips for Beating a Down Day.

Editor’s Note: Today’s offering is a simple, practical recipe for beating moments of sadness or depression. No Xanax or pill needed, just some easy ways to fight back when you’re feeling overwhelmed or even just a little down.  It’s worth a read if you’re feeling down today, and certainly worth a bookmark just in case.

It is too easy to get into a negative mindset which invariably leads to unhappiness and depression. To avoid being overwhelmed by negativity we need to make a conscious effort to avoid the experience. When life seems like a perpetual dark tunnel these are some suggestions to change your outlook on life.

Don’t Cherish Destructive Thoughts.

Often we don’t realise how much we subconsciously cherish negative thoughts. It may seem counter intuitive, but often a negative frame of mind occurs because we won’t let go of the negative thoughts and ideas. Sometimes the mind clings on to these thoughts with a feeling of self pity or injured pride. We don’t like the negative frame of mind, but at the same time are we consciously trying to overcome it? The problem is that if the negative thoughts go round and round in our mind they can become powerful and we lose a sense of perspective. Just make a conscious decision to ignore the negative flow of thoughts and sentiments and be persistent in these attempts.

Do You want to be Happy or Miserable?

We should feel a negative mindset is a choice. If we feel a victim to our own emotions and thoughts, nobody else will be able to help us. We should feel that by holding on to a negative frame of mind, we are inevitably choosing to be unhappy; each negative is a conscious decision to be miserable. If we really value the importance of our own inner peace and happiness, we will aspire to cultivate this through good, uplifting thoughts. Next time you feel the onset of a depressed state of mind, just ask yourself the question: Do I want to be happy or Miserable?

Spend Time With Positive People

The best antidote to negativity is simply to spend time doing positive, uplifting activities. Sometimes if we analyse and examine our own negativity it does nothing to reduce it. By engaging in useful fun activities, we forget about the reasons for our negativity; this is often the most powerful way to overcome a depressed state of mind.

Don’t Accept Negativity from Other People

We live in a world where there are no shortage of pessimists, critics and doomongers. There will always be people who can find the negative in life; but, there is no reason why we have to ascribe to their world view. For example, often in an office environment there is a negative attitude to the workplace, but, even if there are faults and limitations we don’t have to allow them to make us a negative person.

Let Go of Thoughts

If you can learn to control your thoughts, you can control the experience and emotions of life. The best antidote to negativity is learning the art of meditation. Meditation is more than just relaxation; it is a change in consciousness. We move from the limited perspective of our mind and discover an inner source of happiness.

Live in the Heart

The nature of the mind is to be suspicious and critical. If someone does 99 good things and 1 bad thing, the mind will invariably remember the bad thing. If we allow ourselves to be drawn into highlighting the mistakes of others we will invite a negative mindset. However, if we live in the heart we are not drawn to the faults of others (even if they are insignificant). It is in the heart that we can have a true sense of oneness with others, their faults seem insignificance and we can feel a sense of identity with the achievements of others.

Don’t Sit Around Doing Nothing

The worst thing for a negative frame of mind is to mope around feeling sorry for ourselves. Ruminating on our bad luck / worries / fears will not diminish them in any way. Exercise can be a powerful way to bring about a new consciousness. Negativity is often associated with boredom and lack of purpose. Stop endlessly checking emails and surfing web, look for something good to do.

Force Yourself to Think of 3 Positive Thoughts.

If you are feeling really miserable and have a low sense of self esteem, try thinking of 3 good things that you have done. At time our own mind can be our worst enemy and very self critical. It is important not to lose a sense of balance; for the various bad things we have done, we have also done some good things.

Don’t Think Anything You Wouldn’t Say in Front of People

We often think things we would never say in front of people. If you are annoyed, disappointed with someone else, imagine what you would say to them in person. Sometimes when we are with people we are forced to behave; even if we are not particularly sincere the effort to avoid negativity can help us to overcome our bad mood.

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25 Responses to “Tips for Beating a Down Day.”

  1. Thank you very much!
    God quite often makes me panick to teach me something important.
    Today, too. I was really panicked.
    But with your help, now I feel much better!
    Thank you very much!

  2. jennifer carlson~mcmahon says:

    your words are so full of ‘common sense’ & THANK~YOU! from my heart!

  3. Bud Hawes says:

    THANK YOU FOR A TRULY INSPIRING ARTICLE. I HAVE PHOTOCOPIED THIS ARTICLE AND GIVEN TO EMPLOYEES WHICH REPORT DIRECTLY TO ME, I HAVE ASKED THEM TO READ THE ARTICLE AND GET BACK TO ME ON THEIR THOUGHTS. I USED TO BE A VERY NEGATIVE PERSON AND ALLOW MY DARK NEGATIVE THOUGHTS TO CARRY ME AWAY TO MANY DARK AND NEGATIVE PLACES. I LEARNED NEARLY 25 YEARS AGO ( THANK GOD ) WHAT YOU HAVE SHARED IN THIS ARTICLE, IT TRULY HAS CHANGED MY LIFE ENTIRELY AND I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO USE THIS MINDSET TO HELP OTHERS WHO STRUGGLE WITH NEGATIVITY. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

  4. Rachel Robertson says:

    Thank you for wise information!

  5. Carole says:

    very uplifting thankyou

  6. Glynis says:

    Today I am too feeling panicked. reading something like this helps to put things into perspective.

    Thank you.

  7. barbara says:

    thank you very much I needed this today.

  8. Estella DeLosh says:

    I Have Been Told All My Life Im So Negetive,So I Always Thought That Way.I Try To Be positive An Think Positive.I Been Brainwashed To Think That Way You Woke Me Up I Am A Positive Person.

  9. michelle says:

    Great article. I will keep this with me at work and at home. Your articles are a Godsend. keep them going!!!

  10. Malou Santos says:

    Thank you so much for this very useful & helpful pieces of information. It came just in time. We are in grief now because of the passing of a loved one. We are very much in need of this. Definitely, we don’t want to feel miserable despite the grief.

  11. Amaryllis says:

    Always remember that this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice in it. You know grown children will push every buttons that seem to pull those things out of you, you thougth were gone. But thank God for praise and a song in my heart. Everything you have suggested is so true. Thank you for reminding me.

  12. pat jones says:

    Thanks, for your words of wisdom. I rarely feel “down”, I don’t worry, I just let the Lord take care of me.
    God Bless you and your comments are great.

  13. DEBORAH says:

    thank you so much this message really is coming to me because this is exactly what has been going on in me for three months now, in that I have even lost so much weight I have prayed but could never get out of worries, thank you Lord for this revelation may your name be glorified

  14. Scola Kamau says:

    It was a timely inspiration. I’ve always capitalised people’s mistakes as opposed to their importance. I have had negative thoughts and spent time with evil people. This is a turning point. God bless you.

  15. Wendi says:

    Thank you for posting this. I always try to live with a positive mental attitude to whatever challenges life throws at me. Any one who harbours negative actions or deeds towards me are put out of my life.
    Although very hard at times because I miss him so very much and, I know my heart will never fully heal…But I try to find positive thoughts surrounding the death of my son. I know he’s fit, well, and happy…so for that reason I’m happy for him…Which keeps me positive.

  16. Naomi says:

    I definitely love this particular inspiration, I love to read things that deal with kindness and positive outcomes. since there is such turmoil around us? I feel that we as a person control our emotions? And the choices we make are our own. Therefore why would we want to spend it in sadness we deserve better. I am sure there are people out there who think yeah sure easy for you to say, but honestly it is that easy. do we want 2 b happy or sad? Positive is positive does is exacltly that! So come on and let us join hands and say Amen to that!
    thank you for sharing the positive thoughts I look forward to your inspirations daily.

  17. MOM says:

    Ii REALLY NEEDED TO HEAR THAT TODAY. I HEARD SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE MADE ME VERY UPSET BUT AFTER READING THAT I ALMOST LAUGHED OUT LOUD FOR THE SILLINESS i WAS THINKING. THANK YOU.

  18. febi Bose says:

    i really donno how to start,but i would like to say that, i too is affected with neagative thoughts,like whether i can get it or wil i lose it,then thnking thnking getting upset and depression,its realy painful…as u have mebtioned in the tips its right that negativity always rules on us…….really felt good after ready the tips….realy thnkful for the quotes feels happy n good..also have more faith in god n got a small strength to think positively…….
    God bless U……

  19. ingrid says:

    It is too late for me. Too much has happened in the whole of my life and especially in the last few years now. Sometimes there can be just too much to cope with. I need a miracle to help me out of my despair and depression. I pray that ….can’t write it down here. Too personal. I have become far too open in my vulnerable state and this has cause me even more pain and damage.

  20. Judy says:

    Everyone should pray for Ingrid, pray. I personally will pray that she will be easier on herself, and think good thoughts no matter what happens in her life because I have found that what you think will manifest, so if you think good things they will eventually find you…..
    Keep it coming, this was very good and its always good to have a reminder..
    God Bless You…..

  21. Mona says:

    will pass on to a cousin who lost her husband less then a yr. ago and is having a hard time dealing with his death. thanks.

  22. nikhat says:

    thank u very much for this life changing inspiration.

  23. Owner says:

    Father God I pray that you would send Angels to minister to Ingrid. I come against the enemy and command the spirits of depression to leave her and I pray the Holy Spirit will comfort and guide her that she may have peace and know you’re powerful Love.

    In the name of Jesus,
    Greg

  24. anna alfante says:

    thank you so much for this informative tips..it helps me a lot…i will apply this tips in our office…

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