5 Tried & True Ways to Make Yourself Feel Better in an Hour
Welcome back to my ‘Surviving Funemployment’ series. Let’s talk about improving your mental health because job hunting can be very taxing on our mental health and emotional state. In the moment, you may be feeling pessimistic, lethargic, anxious, or extremely unmotivated. Here are some tried and true ways to feel better!
Seek change in your environment
Microbreaks are super effective at helping you manage your mental health and productivity! If you’ve been stuck inside your room or house all day, just leave. Go outside and walk up and down the block to get some fresh air – even a couple of minutes can do wonders and make you feel energized again. If you have more than a couple minutes, go for a longer walk, hike, or check out a pond or lake nearby. Nature and fresh air really do help and heal your mind.
Any movement is good movement
Getting up and moving your body will help you feel better. Take a short walk, go to the gym, or stretch! Try to do this every day to keep yourself feeling positive and energized. The scientific reason behind this is that your brain releases endorphins aka “feel good” hormones whenever you exercise – even if it hurts! Our bodies are meant to move – not be stationary for several hours a day. Consider investing in a standing desk or treadmill desk so you can introduce some movement throughout your day.
Drinking a nice 0 calorie beverage – aka water – can keep you cool and calm you down so that you feel more grounded. There is scientific evidence that shows how migraines and headaches can be caused by dehydration. Drinking some water can also be a moment of mindfulness because you’re taking a pause in whatever you’re doing to nourish your body! Whether you feel dizzy, anxious, or emotional, take a sip of water (avoid sugary, processed drinks).
The power of music
Music makes your soul sing! Find a YouTube or Spotify playlist that either chills you out or makes you feel good. Avoid listening to sad or angry songs because you may end up feeling moody (which is not very productive)! As per the “Mozart Effect”, classical music can actually help you enhance your brain activity and be more productive.
Journal your heart out
Writing your thoughts out on paper can be an extremely cathartic exercise. Whenever you get stressed, journal. If you get happy, journal. Over time, your journal serves as a time capsule that allows you to reflect on the good and the bad memories. Writing things out can also help you process your thoughts better and help you solve problems from a newer perspective.
I hope this helped! Please let me know on LinkedIn because I always welcome feedback.