How do you beat the blues?

How do you beat the blues?

No matter how good things are, it’s not entirely possible to feel happy all the time. Feeling sad and feeling down can happen from time to time as your mood can fluctuate. That’s perfectly normal, but what happens when you’re blue for too long?

While you may be able to see what others need, it may be incredibly difficult to see when you’ve fallen down too far and can’t get back out.

When you’re feeling blue, you are experiencing sadness and may be tearful. You may feel a strong urge to self-isolate and may suffer a drop in energy levels and a drop in motivation.

This is perfectly normal and typically this passes by itself. It’s just that sometimes it doesn’t. There are many reasons why you may end up getting stuck. Isolation is one of the biggest culprits. It’s exactly at times like these that you need to be around other people, to engage, and to share with them how you are feeling. Isolation often leads to rumination and then you end up just dwelling on your negative emotions or your situation.

There is usually a trigger for the blues. It can be related to a personal loss, anniversary of the loss of a loved one, frustrations, interpersonal problems, or even missed opportunities at work.

When you can’t easily identify what it is that’s making you feel down, you should talk to someone. Call a friend or family member or call a counsellor. Talk to them and in talking out your feelings, you may be able to pinpoint what is making you feel this way. Once you do that you can more easily put things into context. Bad things happen, but so do good things. You have a bad period at work, but also really good periods. You’re fought with your loved ones, but you’ve also laughed with them.

When you get trapped in your own thoughts and feelings, sometimes it is easy to forget these things.

Others around you may also need help and may turn to you when they trip and stumble and can’t figure the path out. When other people come to you for help, it may be quite easy for you to see what it is they need. Often it is just a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear, but there could be other things that they can’t see because they are too close to it. Whether it is due to innate ability or trained skill, you may be able to help them identify what is making them feel that way and then set them on the right path.

When you’re taking the time to help others, take some consideration for yourself as well. Ask for help when you need it. No one is an island. That kind of self-isolation can lead to depression.

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