15 Ways to Make Yourself Feel Better in No Time

15 Ways to Make Yourself Feel Better in No Time

In times of distress, follow these tips.

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Feeling down in the dumps? Rather than sit in the slumps all day long, you need to make yourself feel better.

Wondering how to do that? There's a few ways we'll go over that'll have you feeling better in no time. Take a look!

Practice Breathing Exercises

When times seem tough or you just can't catch your breath, the simplest techniques are the ones that focus on your breathing. If you've never done this before, don't worry as it isn't difficult.

For starters, you'll want to try and separate yourself from whatever is making you stressed out. If you're out in public, head to the bathroom or practice breathing when you're sitting in your car, ready to go home.

Once you're in the clear, get comfortable. If possible, lie down on your back or relax your head, shoulders, and neck against the back of a chair.

Breathing in through your nose, you should feel your stomach fill with air. Once it feels full, go ahead and breathe out through your nose.

Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. As you breathe in and out, you should feel your stomach rise and fall. Continue deep breathing for three more times or until you feel stress-free.

The point of this exercise is to focus your breath so that you feel calmer. Being in control of your breath is one simple way to release stress without requiring too much effort and can be done anywhere.

Write Down What You’re Grateful For

Times of stress can leave us feeling hopeless. We might even take the little things for granted, especially when nothing seems to go right.

So you don't forget the important things in life, write down what you're grateful for. This could family members, the invention of good, binge-worthy TV, a furry friend, even your good health. It doesn't have to be anything major, just anything that brings a smile to your face.

You can write this down in a journal or on a small piece of paper to keep in your wallet or somewhere you can easily access it.

Watch Funny Animal Video Compilations

Sometimes, you just need a good laugh to feel better. And what's funnier and cuter than animals up to no good? Nothing!

YouTube is your number one destination for all things laughable. Whether you watch one video or hundreds, there's no way you can't feel better watching adorable animals do adorable things.

Read a Book

TV and social media are good when taken in small doses. Too much of either can leave you feeling down, especially if it has anything to do with current events or negative gossip.

Instead of focusing on what's happening in the virtual world, unplug and reach for a book instead. It doesn't have to be fictional, just pick a subject you'll want to read.

There's no point in reading if you'll end up being bored. Reading autobiographies on your favorite actors or musicians can give you a new insight to life. Non-fiction books can teach you a thing or two about the world around you.

Even staring at the pages of an artwork can have you feeling inspired again.

Release Grief

Did a loved one pass away? Overwhelming feelings and emotions bring themselves to the surface during those times. If you don't take notice of them and let yourself grieve, you'll be stuck in a vicious cycle.

The Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique is a great way to confront those difficult feelings and to release grief. A practitioner recounts her experience when she helped a client release their grief.

Get Moving

Sometimes the best way to feel better is to put your body in motion. It doesn't have to be a hefty exercise, even walking can make you more happy.

Get out in the fresh air, take a hike or a simple bike ride. You don't need to round up friends or family, being by yourself will help you think clearer and organize your thoughts.

If none of these options sound appealing, try joining a club for sports. There's plenty of teams out there (yes, for adults) that compete in sports for fun. Whether it's soccer or baseball, try what sounds best to you.

Host a Sleepover

Relive your childhood by inviting all your closest friends for a good 'ol fashion sleepover! But make one rule: no phones.

It'll be a lot more enjoyable when everyone is present and in the moment. Not everything needs to be plastered all over Instagram. Focus on making memories you'll actually remember instead of focusing on making sure the lighting's right.

Clean and Organize Your Bedroom

The bedroom is an intimate space because it's where we go to unwind. Clutter, dirt, and dust can keep us up at night if we don't properly clean it.

Break out the sponges, mop (or vacuum if you have carpet), disinfecting spray, and feather dusters for an ultimate deep clean. While cleaning may not be at the top of everyone's radar, it also gives you time to think about what's been bothering you. As you're cleaning your bedroom, think of it as cleaning your negative thoughts as well.

Sing Like No One’s Listening

When you finally get time to yourself, turn up the tunes and sing to your heart's content. Playing music that goes along with how you're feeling can be the perfect way to let go of those pent-up thoughts and feelings.

If you feel up to it as well, dance like no one's watching too!

Head to Your Local Animal Shelter

No, this doesn't mean you have to adopt a new furry friend. Spending time at your local animal shelter, however, can give you a different outlook on life, especially what's going on in yours.

Petting cats or dogs, even bunnies can lower blood pressure and put you in a better mood. Not only that but while the animals are helping to make you feel better, you're doing the same for them.

Change Your Routine

Even the smallest change to your routine can make you feel better. We get so stuck in the same day-in and day-out schedule that it can leave us in a rut.

If you take showers in the morning, try switching them to nighttime. Or instead of a shower, opt for a bath. You can customize it with fizzy bath bombs, bath salts, even add a scented candle or two.

If you work a schedule that's the same hours every day, you could treat yourself to a nice coffee or donut in the morning before driving to your workplace. During lunch, try sitting with someone you haven't interacted with much.

Reflect on Accomplishments

Whether it's at work or school that you feel like you aren't progressing, reflect on all your accomplishments. You can easily amaze yourself by remembering all the hard work and awards you achieved throughout your lifetime.

It doesn't have to be recent either. It can be the time you built the most awesome-looking robot for science class or the time you got perfect attendance for your first job.

Stay positive and look forward to the future. There's no point in bringing yourself down with everything you haven't accomplished.

Forgive Yourself

We can easily forgive others but when it comes to forgiving ourselves, it's nearly impossible. We constantly beat ourselves up for things that happened in the past.

Dwelling on what has gone and passed does us no good. But yet, we still do it.

That said, it's finally time to forgive yourself. Realize that some things are just out of your control and what you did in that situation is what happened. You can't change what happened but what you can do is work towards the future and make amends with anyone you hurt.

Indulge in a Favorite Treat

Love chocolate? How about apple pie? No matter what treat you favor the most, remember to indulge from time to time.

When you achieved a great accomplishment or you just want something to cheer you up, reach for that treat. It's that one thing we can claim for ourselves that'll bring our mood up. And sometimes, chocolate is the answer to feeling better.

Remember to Say No

We easily feel overwhelmed when there's too much on our plates. We think of turning down plans with friends or family but then we do it anyway to avoid the guilt that comes along with saying no.

Well, it's time to put that word back into your vocabulary. To prevent burn out, know that it's okay to turn down plans or invitations. You don't have to do everything that comes your way.

Remember to take time to focus on yourself. Letting people down is a part of life. You can always make it up to them later.

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A Letter To My Angel, Amanda

Rest Easy Angel 11.07.18

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Amanda,

Your death has been the hardest thing for me to accept because every day I knew you, you were so full of life. You were radiant. Your presence lit up every room you walked into and your infectious laugh filled it. You cared for everyone and put others before yourself. You were one of my first forever friends.

You accepted and loved me for everything I was and everything I was not. You kept me company whether we were sitting in my basement doing nothing at all or spending the day in New York City. You were constantly making me laugh and were always there for me.

I scroll through my camera roll and your Facebook all the time and there are so many random pictures of us that I can't place, that I can't explain, but they're my favorite pictures because they remind me that we have so many memories together that it's impossible to remember them all.

But every time I think of you I'm overwhelmed with seas of memories that I can remember every moment of. Do you remember when we went to your farmhouse for the weekend and spent hours melting crayons with a hair dryer to make our own board? Well, that picture ended up being my Dads background for about 6 years, I still can't tell you why.

Or the day I found out I was moving back to California and you held me while I ugly-cried and told me that we would be friends no matter how far apart we were because you knew that was my biggest fear? And then moving day when you came over and drew notes in sharpie over all of my boxes and we made a mattress slide?

I have countless memories that include you that I'll cherish forever, from playing Just Dance with you in the basement to sharing our 13th birthday party.

These past two months I've been full of anger. I've been angry at the world for taking you and angry at myself for letting life and distance get in the way. I'll probably hold a piece of that anger for the rest of my life but I'll also hold eternal appreciation and admiration for you.

I want to tell you that I appreciate that you were always there for me when I needed someone. I appreciate that you could make me laugh until I couldn't breathe even on my worst days. I appreciate that you accepted me for all my flaws and never expected perfection. I appreciate that you were always supportive and encouraging and most of all I appreciate that you were the most amazing friend.

I want you to know that I admire your strength. I admire how you were always able to find the good in everything and see the best in everyone. I admire how selfless you were, always putting others before yourself. I admired how nonjudgmental you were, you always gave the best advice. I admire how hard headed you could be, never giving up until you reached your goal but more importantly I admired you for being you.

Remembering you is so easy, it's having to miss you that's so hard. My life is better because you were a part of it and I'm far from the only one. There is an army of people that miss you every day that will carry a piece of you forever. Rest easy, angel.

I love you.

Shea.

You are forever in our hearts. 

Amanda Aujero

"Amanda was one of my only friends starting high school and was there with me through family dinners, sleepovers, breakups, SAT's, and graduation. She was a light and such a beautiful person. We laughed so hard together that we would pee our pants. I miss her like crazy and plan on visiting her and talking to her for the rest of my life. She taught me to live with no regrets." -Mary Skrzypczak

"One thing I loved about Amanda was that she had such an open-mindedness I could tell her anything with no judgements." -Avery Zulauf

"My favorite memory of Amanda is us driving down the main road in LBI and laughing our asses off. I have known Amanda for years but her last 2 1/2 years on earth, I feel as if we got the closer we had ever been and I'm internally grateful for that. I love you Amanda." -Catie Keating

"There's a billion amazing words I could use that perfectly describe Amanda, but the one that I think differentiates her from most people is "real". She was real. That girl was truly one of a kind; irreplaceable. I knew from a young age when we became friends in elementary school that I could lose all of my friends but if I only had her I would be okay. It even felt that way at times but she and I were happy having just each other. One of my favorite memories with her was when I moved to Florida to start my freshmen year in high school. We were both upset we weren't experiencing high school together and we promised that we would never stop being best friends. I was scared starting at a school in a new state and not knowing anyone, and you know what Amanda did? For the first week or so before I made friends she would FaceTime me at lunch everyday so I wouldn't eat alone. Now that's true friendship right there. When I moved back it was like I never left. I always thought of her as a sister who just happened to be my best friend too. If you learn one thing from this it's that everyone should have an Amanda in their life. And if you don't, then don't settle because if you have that relationship with someone it outweighs having hundreds of friends. Having that special relationship with someone regardless if you're both here or not will never die. It lives on and it's something that I will cherish forever." -Selena Gonzalez

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Unexpected House Repairs You Should Know About

It's best to be prepared.

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As a first-time homeowner, the excitement of your newly purchased home leaves you blind to the dangers in the future. While your house is a symbol of safety and comfort, it's also susceptible to damage.

Damage that you didn't plan for. That said, unexpected house repairs can leave your wallet drained or your home in ruin if you can't foot the bill.

To make sure you're completely prepared for the future and your new house can stay looking the same, here are some unexpected house repairs you need to know about.

Take a look!

Roofing

Your roof is what takes hit after hit either it's rain, hail, even lightning. It's the thing keeping your head and your family's head nice and dry.

If there were to be damages, your roof becomes susceptible to leakage, holes, and tears. To keep you and your family safe, check your roof regularly.

If you notice anything off within the shingles (especially after a bad storm), contact a roofing company immediately. They'll come out to access the damage and what'll need to be done along with the cost.

HVAC

The piece of equipment that keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the summer needs regular maintenance in order to stay operational. Once every six months is when you should have a professional come out to conduct a checklist of what needs to be done.

After that, you can take care of the maintenance yourself. Some of the things that'll need to be done is changing the filter, cleaning coils, and lubricating moving parts.

If you decide to ignore the regular maintenance that should be done on your HVAC unit, repairs could run as high as four digits.

Driveway

If your home has an asphalt driveway, the harsh elements can wreak havoc on it. That said, constant damage can cause it to crumble or develop cracks.

If left untreated to the point of breakage, you're looking at a hefty bill. To prevent that, clean it every so often and apply a sealer to keep it looking new.

Wooden Deck

Decks are great for hosting summer barbecues and enjoying those cool nights. However, if you don't take care of it properly, deck repairs can cost upward of $10,000.

Rather than dread the day you get that high of a bill, it needs regular upkeep. Making sure debris such as twigs are pulled out in between the floorboards isn't enough. After that, you'll need to scrub it with a solution that's made specifically for decks then apply a sealant.

The sealant is the most important step as this is what'll keep moisture out of the boards. This will prevent rot and bugs.

Foundation

The foundation of your house needs to be in tip-top shape in order to prevent structural damage. But most importantly, it should prevent water from pooling beneath your home.

Water is the enemy of houses. A slight leak can turn into a major one which will become an expensive repair.

To make sure your foundation is good, pay close attention after it rains. If there's water where the house and ground meet, there's a problem. You should immediately get this issue corrected.

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