I’m a kind of smiley person. And many people ask me like “How to cheer up yourself that good?” or “Have you ever been sad?”
Yes, I confirm that many times of my life, I have felt down, broke, passionless – sometimes for no reason.
However, I almost always manage to smile at people. I do not mean to fake. I just keep “a smile” as something to cheer me up and stay positive.
Then, I’ve found out that no one can cheer yourself up better than you, as long as you know things to cheer you up.
How to Cheer up Yourself in 15 Simple Ways?
#1. Don’t push yourself too much
That I’m smiling to cheer myself up does not mean I hide the real feelings completely. When things are too serious to maintain my positive side, I burst into tears, screams, and even uncontrollable situations. And after all, I do feel relieved.
This makes sense that there is even stress therapy called “scream therapy” or “primal release.” Not only can you admit your true feelings and find ways to cheer you up afterward, but your partner or your friends can also know your problem and help you out.
#2. Put a smile on your lips
After I let all the negative feelings out, I take a deep breath and then try to handle a big smile. To your surprise, the old adage “grin and bear it” has been proved by many studies to reduce the stress and help the heart to be more healthy.
#3. Think about the positive side
A smile will help to calm your chaotic emotions. Then, take it easy and reflect on the problem. There are always some brightnesses to being cheered up with.
For example, when you failed, you at least realized your weakness and learned lessons to be stronger next time. Or, even a broken relationship can teach you how meaningful the current relationships you’re having.
#4. Thanks, yourself
“Stephanie, you have done many good things. Thank you!”
During the hardest time, I cheer myself up by saying this. Even it is because people do not appreciate my effort, which makes me down, I always list 10+ things I have completed.
You must respect yourself first!
#5. Keep your mind busy with other wonderful things
If it is hurt or stressed-out when thinking about work or life, try to forget it by focusing on your hobbies like taking care of your lovely family, doing some cleaning, reading a motivational book, listening to a happy song, etc.
#6. Rock your body with exercises
Once your physical body is relaxed, your mental parts also feel relaxed too.
Yoga poses or noise and loud aerobics are extremely helpful to let go of the negative energy. Or more simply, stand up and go out for a walk and enjoy the new fresh air.
#7. Cook or eat sweet things
I recommend having several bars of dark chocolate in the fridge in case you are feeling down and finding ways of how to cheer up yourself.
Foods like chocolate are known to increase the endorphins and antioxidants – the “happy” hormones. They will boost your mood, almost immediately to combat the helpless feelings. Some other choices are protein, grapes, oranges, bananas, nuts, and more.
However, do not eat too much. Otherwise, it does more harm than good. If you can’t keep yourself from eating, it is ok. Just remember to do some exercises later. 2-in-1 benefit!
#8. Do favors for others
Try it and you will definitely agree with me: Helping people around us will cheer yourself up. Imagining, a simple “thank you” or a sincere smile kicks up your happiness and other happiness.
Thus, join a charity or voluntary activity instead of sitting in the dark and crying for the sorrow and depressing yourself badly.
#9. Play with kids or pets
I bet you can’t help but smile when seeing this pic, right?
Getting involved with cute kids or your lovely pets is an always-do treatment for any sadness. When I feel stressful, I will temporarily quit all things and watch my children sleeping or playing with each other.
#10. Surf the Internet for some memes
When I feel down, my friends often sending me some funny memes. It really helps to get my mood back and I smile the tears away. Interestingly enough, those memes are available on the Internet, especially on social media.
#11. Watch “Home Alone” again
You might have seen this film in many Christmas seasons, mightn’t you?
Yet, I still recommend this to lift your mood effectively. I love how the little boy manages to enjoy and get over all difficulties intelligently. Then, I find the motivation to also recover from my sadness and have fun.
If you know any good film, also mention it in the comment box. Specially thank you in advance!
#12. Read stories of others
One reason that I started writing this Gud2know personal blog is to share my experience and hope it can help and cheer others up sometimes.
I also follow blogs and social accounts of some people who know how to motivate and spread inspiration in a simple and effective way.
Moreover, if you do not know how to cheer up yourself, you can partly find yourself in some books and stores and then learn some lessons from others’ experiences.
My favorite book is A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson, You can search and read it later. Recommended for raising your mood!
#13. Go traveling
When things get too hard on you, take a break and treat yourself with a short-term vacation.
Traveling to new places, meeting new people, learning new cultures and knowledge are valuable experiences that will help you forget the letdown and enjoy your life more. When back to the normal work, I am sure you will be much cheerful and effective.
#14. Talk with someone you trust
Some ways to cheer yourself up I suggest above is mostly to handle the disappointment on your own. However, do not forget that you have family, friends, and colleagues around who are ready to be your listening ears and helping hands.
If you have tried all the things above but they do not work for your situations, then call or meet someone to share your problem.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
#15. Get Professional Support
Finally, you should get a dedicated expert like doctors, psychologists, or online coaches to help if the source of depression keeps coming back. Both you and your friends are not able to resolve the problems completely.
Anxiety, depression, or the like might be worse if you don’t realize and treat it soon.
Sadness, Go-Go Away!
Take notes all tips on how to cheer up yourself I recommend above and they will help sometimes now and in the future. And as I always say “I share to be shared!” I will be glad and grateful if you also share your experience to send off the depression.
Thanks in advance!