Some ways we think that cause us distress
Try watching this video and try the tapping. Did it help you feel better?
Need more energy?
Try going to bed an hour or two earlier.
Try regular exercise. Just 15 -30 min a day will make a big difference to how u feel. You may feel tired at first, but as your body gets fit your energy will increase.
Try taking a multivitamin daily. Most of us don't get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need from our regular fruit and vegetable deficient diets.
Try drinking more water. A lot of the time, our feelings of fatigue are linked to us being dehydrated.
Take a 15 minute nap. A 15-20 minute nap can revive u. Any longer than that though, you won't want to get up and you'll feel sleepy. Set a timer for 20 minutes!
You should strive to exercise for 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week. Vary your routine to include aerobic exercises (jogging, dancing, swimming, kickboxing) and light weight training. The aerobic exercises raise your heart rate, which helps burn calories, while weight training adds muscles mass to your body. Muscle burns calories faster than fat, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you'll burn. If you haven't been physically active in awhile, you'll need to start slowly (for just 5 minutes if you feel too tired at first) and work your way up to longer, more intense workout. A great way to start moving is by taking a walk outside.
Do you struggle with mild depression? Do you feel a bit down, depressed, and sad for no reason? Prayer, exercise, meditation, writing a journal and getting enough sleep will help, and you could consider taking St John's Wort. It's a supplement that helps with mild depression. You can buy it over the counter, try 300mg once to three times daily.
If you feel very depressed and cry most days of the week, have lost your appetite, are not sleeping well and have thoughts of harming yourself or others, you may be clinically depressed and you need urgent help from a professional. Don't try to overcome it all by yourself. Please see your doctor or psychiatrist as soon as possible.
Love yourself, take care of your health!
Just the act of smiling will make u feel better.
Look up at the sky, see the beauty of nature.
Count your blessings. Can you see, hear, smell, walk? Even if you can't do these things, there are still blessings to count.
Is there someone somewhere who loves you? God loves you too.
Smile. Let the corners of your mouth come up, let those eyes crinkle. Do u feel better?
Lots of research has shown the benefits of writing in a journal. Richard Wiseman in his book, "59 Seconds: Think a little, Change a lot", suggests 5 things that we can write about in our journals that will help us to feel happier, more content, and more grateful for our lives.
1. Write about things or people you are grateful for. Some people (including myself) have gratitude journals where we only write about what we are grateful for: great things that have happened, great circumstances and people. This helps to remind u that there are things that are going well in your life and helps you focus on the positive.
2. Write about the most wonderful experiences in your life. Describe the event and how u felt. This helps you to recapture the great feelings of those times.
3. Write about what you would like your ideal future to be like. Imagine that u have worked hard and have achieved all your goals and ambitions. Your dreams have come true. This helps to refocus you on your goals and gives you vision and hope for the future.
4. Thinks about someone important in your life and pretend it's your only opportunity to express to them how much you appreciate them. Write a note to them in your journal. If u want to give them the note... even better!
5. Think back over the past week and write 3 things that have gone really well for u. The events can be major - a promotion or new job, or trivial - like finding a parking space. Write about why u think each event went so well.
Writing about these things will help to focus you on the positive things in life, help you to re-experience the joys of the good things, recapture the love u feel for the special people in your life, give you hope for the future and put a smile on your face. Try it, u may like it!
Dr. Elsa Wilson
General Practice Physician and Life Coach.