6 Ways to Make Yourself Feel Better Right Now!

thWQCMHPLHLife is harsh.  People are mean, and sometimes it seems like everyone’s aim is to break you down.  Don’t lie to yourself about feeling bad.   Acknowledge it, so you can change your situation.  All the things you need to be happy are on this earth. You may need to journey to find them, but ultimately, it’s all inside of you already.  We live in a puritanical society that teaches us, directly and indirectly that feeling good is a sin.  So many of us wallow in negativity because we think that type of sacrifice is what the Creator (by whatever name you call him her or it) wants.  I don’t know much about life, but the idea of helping each other seems to be the steadiest theme of life throughout the timeline of humanity.  We can’t get anywhere without each other.  It’s kind of hard to help others if you are trapped in a negative mental state.

1. Start laughing

Don’t wait for a joke, or something funny.  Just start laughing.  Smile, then laugh.  Laughing feeds on itself, just like crying.  The more you do it, the more you will do it until you are in a fit of it.  If you feel too silly doing laughing at nothing, or if you are just not in touch with yourself like that, then watch something on Youtube.

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Don’t underestimate the power of an orgasm.  Sometimes getting one out will change your whole mindset.  It relieves tension, which gives you a better perspective on things.  Now, please, only do this if you are in the proper setting.  Don’t be like the woman in my novel Confessions of a Serial Masturbator, who did it on the train, at work and some other places.  Please be sure to spare the public of your self-pleasure adventures :).

3. Take selfies

I remember I was feeling super shitty one day, and I started taking pics of myself, because I wanted to see my saddness.  I hated the way my face looked!  It was depressing.  After a few pics I started trying to make cuter faces, so I’d have better pics.  Then I started making funny faces.  Soon I was feeling so much better. I’d cheered myself up by mistake.  It’s a very helpful tool for me.  You can also just look in a mirror and do the same thing.  Only difference is it won’t be recorded.  All things don’t need to be.

4. Draw or write something

Whether you think you can draw or not.  Doesn’t matter if you write well, or not.   We are made to create, so creating something, anything, will make you feel better.  It doesn’t have to be good, or big, or shared with anyone else.  Just put pen, or pencil to paper, or pull out your phone or tablet or laptop and get to creating.

galleryhip.com5. Listen to music

Obvi right?  But It’s not always in the forefront of your mind to do it. It’s one of the fastest ways to recharge your mind.   Not just any music, but music that makes you feel good. That makes your body move and forces you to sing along.  Some of my go to songs are:

Sucka MC’s – Run DMC

The Don – Nas

Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

Cult of Personality – Living Colour

Feeling  Good – Nina Simone

Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani

Crush On You Remix  – Lil Kim

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Sylvester

1 Thing – Amerie

Party Up – DMX

Nikka Costa – Like a Feather

That’s just a small cross section of the songs that immediately put a smile on my face, and make me sing and dance.  The full list is far too long and ever-growing for me to even attempt to list all of them.

6. Get one or a few go-to quotes

Usually, whenever I’m feeling down, it has something to do with me not living up to my potential in some form.  Feeling like a failure.  When I’m in that mental space, it can normally be traced back to me being afraid.  My fears stop me from doing the things I really want to do.  Fear of not having money to buy food, or to pay rent.  Fear of both failure and success.  Fear of change.  This quote is one of my favorite to help put life into perspective:

“Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

I’ve posted this quote before. Whenever I get scared, or doubt myself, it’s one of my immediate thoughts. I have a few of them. At this moment, this is my favorite.  I alternate as my needs change.  Yes, your mother’s quotes count!black_girl_thumbs_up2

I hope this is helpful to someone out there. By no means is a quick fix. These are just some ways that have proven helpful to me when I get into a funk. They lift my mood so I can proceed with life. To paraphrase Nas, we’re all in the grind.  That being the case, we all need to pick each other up when we can.  It’s hard out here for most of us.  But there is always opportunity to change.  Sometimes it takes baby steps, sometimes you’ve got to leap.  Life is a constant challenge.  There is always someone less fortunate, more fortunate or on your level.  We all need help and we all need to help each other.  We are created that way.

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading!

Peace.

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2 thoughts on “6 Ways to Make Yourself Feel Better Right Now!

  1. You are dead on and right on time. My husband and I were “just” having this discussion. I couldn’t understand why I am always in a funk. I found not only does it stem from my history, but from my current mindset. My husband had me read an insert from a book he’s reading and it freaked me out. It freaked me out because it was the only explanation to my truth. If you want to be happy, it starts within. You cannot expect to make anyone else happy, if you are not happy with yourself. Choose yourself first!

    “There are thousands upon thousands of receptors on each cell in our body. Each receptor is specific to one peptide, or protein. When we have feelings of anger, sadness, guilt, excitement, happiness or nervousness, each separate emotion releases its own flurry of neuropeptides. Those peptides surge through the body and connect with those receptors which change the structure of each cell as a whole. Where this gets interesting is when the cells actually divide. If a cell has been exposed to a certain peptide more than others, the new cell that is produced through its division will have more of the receptor that matches with that specific peptide. Likewise, the cell will also have less receptors for peptides that its mother/sister cell was not exposed to as often”.

    “Thus if you have been bombarding your cells with peptides from a negative attitude, you are literally programming your cells to receive more of those peptides in the future. Even worse, you are lessening the number of receptors of positive-attitude peptides, making yourself inclined towards negativity”.

    “This is why it takes more than a few days of positive thinking to make a significant impact on your long-term attitude patterns. Every cell in your body is replaced every 2 months. So if you have a history of negative thinking, depression, pessimism or perpetual frustration, plan on working on yourself for longer than a few days before you see more permanent results”.

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! What’s the name of that book? That is some amazing info. We literally, then, feed our cells with our negative and positive experiences and feelings. You just blew my mind! I knew there was a connection, but I didn’t realize how deep. I did see on a documentary on Netflix (of course I can’t recall the name) that we have telomeres at the tips of our DNA. They unravel as we get older, as part of the aging process. According to the doc, the only known way to repair them is to be kind to others. It releases hormones that fix them. Between that and what you just posted, I’m am just blown away about the way our bodies work. We need to take care as to what we put in our mouths and equally, what we feed our minds. Thank you so much for sharing that! I have a lot of work to do LOL!

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