Feeling Down? 5 Things That Will Instantly Make You Feel Better

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A stressed man who’s feeling down | Source: iStock

Stress is part of our everyday lives — be it in our personal or professional spheres — and for the most part, many of us are good at managing it. Sometimes though, we have those days where our stress gets the best of us. If you begin to feel like your worries are piling up, take a deep breath in and let it out slowly. Next, do one or all of these few things, which can instantly make you feel better and brighten your spirits. Would we ever steer you wrong?

1. Organize a space

There is something incredibly magical about throwing out stuff you never wear. According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a lack of organization in a space can have negative effects on your mental health. Researchers have long recognized that people’s perceptions of their everyday environments can be very telling of their well-being.

So if you’re feeling a little down and out, go to town on your closet or desk or anywhere in your home that consistently feels out of order and clean it out. Give away anything you never wear and that serves no purpose for you. Even if it takes a few hours or even a full day to clean out and organize a space, you’ll definitely feel better once it’s over.

We suggest following this full-proof guide for cleaning out and organizing your closet.

2. Take a walk

It’s not exactly news that exercise can make you feel better, but just getting out and walking can seriously do wonders for you: It can relieve anxiety, stress, and even depression. In fact, CNN cites a study from the University of Texas, in which researchers found that a 30-minute walk may make you feel better when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, and down. In an article for the American Psychological Association, professor of psychology Michael Otto said, “The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong. Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.” So if you’re feeling blah, taking a brisk walk for 20 minutes or so to regroup — odds are, you’ll feel better.

3. Listen to music

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Listening to music | Source: iStock

It’s not exactly breaking news that popping in your earbuds and listening to your favorite tunes can make you feel better, but a 2013 study published by the University of Missouri confirms our thoughts that listening to upbeat music can actually improve your mood. The study’s lead author, Yuna Ferguson, stressed that you should enjoy the experience of listening.

4. Get yourself a hot beverage

According to a University of Colorado study published in the journal Science, the mere act of holding a warm beverage in our hands helps put us at ease. Talking to someone while holding it will give you a more positive outlook and sunnier disposition, and will make you friendlier. So grab a nice hot tea or coffee sans sleeve and chat up some friendly co-workers when you’re feeling frantic and under pressure.

5. Schedule something fun right away

Turn that frown upside down by making fun plans with friends or a significant other immediately. “Everyone needs something to look forward to,” says psychologist Barbara Holstein to the Huffington Post, who recommends scheduling something fun that you can look forward to in the immediate future. Holstein notes that there is great value in having something fun scheduled, whether it’s a dinner with friends or a trip planned in a couple of weeks or months. The anticipation is what can give you that immediate and sometimes much-needed mood boost.

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