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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Happy National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, and it just so happens to be the month I was adopted!

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If you didn't know, November is National Adoption Month! It's extra special too because November happens to be the actual month I was adopted! In honor of National Adoption Month, I wanted to share my adoption story.

When I was little, my mom used to read me a book called Horace. The children's book was about a cheetah cub who had been adopted by two tigers. Every night when his mom tucked him into bed, she would tell him "we chose when you were a tiny baby because you lost your family and needed a new one. We liked your spots and wanted you to be our child." (Keller 1991) Horace, the cheetah cub, always fell asleep before his mom could finish his adoption story. Horace feels out of place - he loves his mom and dad but wonders where he came from, so he goes on an adventure to find where he came from.

I have never felt like Horace. I am the only African-American in my family, yet I have never felt out of place. I have never not felt loved and accepted by my family. I have always known this family is my family, and exactly where God wanted me to be. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I have what is called a closed adoption. What this means is, I do not have direct contact with my birth parents. When I turned 18, I was allowed to reach out to Bethany Christian Services, which is the agency I was adopted through, to attempt to meet my birth parents. However, 23 years later, and I have yet to do so. But I will get to why later.

Before I came around. My mom, Constance, had a very difficult pregnancy with my big sister Kathryn. My sister Kate turned out healthy and gorgeous! But her doctors advised her to consider things strongly if she wanted to have another child. My mom and dad both wanted another child, but they kept this in mind. Both my mom and my dad Gary felt called to adopt.

If you are not familiar with how adoption works, first a disclaimer: every story is different! So I am not stating that this is exactly how it works each time, I can only speak to the process my parents went through. For them, my parents were interviewed by Bethany Christian, and then their information was sent to many different people who were seeking to put their children up for adoption. My parents did not specify gender, race, ethnicity, etc. Typically, you do not know who is interested in you until further down the line. My sister was five years old at the time of my adoption. Before I was born, my sister started to pray "Dear God, please let my little sister or brother arrive here safely. Amen." My parents were pretty confused... while they were going through the process of adoption, they had not been selected to be parents yet, let alone would they have told my sister she was for sure getting a sibling. My parents would say "Kate, mom isn't pregnant! You aren't getting a little brother or sister." She would reply "Yes we are. God told me so just trust me." Closer to my birth, my sister decided she definitely wanted a sister. She even then described what I would look like. And she started to give me a name: Anna.

Finally, my parents got the call that they were going to be parents again. My birth mom had met my parents once during the interview process. She said she picked my parents because my mom resembled my birth mom - both are blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and fair skinned. When my parents came to meet me for the first time, I fit the exact description my sister had been praying for - and although I did not have a name, they knew right away that I would be Anna, just as my sister had decided.

I was born on November 11th, 1995, and I was born with a staph infection. This kept me in the hospital for eleven days. Once I was healthy enough to go home, my parents brought me home on November 21st. While I look different from my family and I am not their biological daughter, I have never questioned my place in their family. I love my family so very much. My adoption is the biggest blessing of my life, and every single day I feel so lucky that I get to call my family mine.

Adoption is such a gift, and it is a true sacrifice for those who choose to give their children a better life. This month honors those in need of adoption, those who have adopted, and those who have been adopted. It is such a special thing to be a part of that. I know my parents love my "spots" and I love their stripes. To those who were adopted, Happy National Adoption Month. Share your stories - they are special and so are you.

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How to Plan for Your Financial Future

It's never to late to start.

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One of the best things you can do for your life is to be financially stable. You don't have to be a celebrity, a high-earning influencer or royalty to live a lavish lifestyle when you're older.

It's all about working towards it. The hard work you put into your financial future will be worth it in the end. Here are some ways you can start today.

Make Your Saving Goals Realistic

That house on the corner that comes with a huge infinity pool and marble countertops? Most likely, it's expensive. Like celebrity-status expensive.

However, that doesn't mean it isn't achievable. For saving goals, make sure they're realistic.

Getting that fancy, state-of-the-art dream home won't be grasped in two years. Thinking realistically, five years is a good measurement instead.

You want to give yourself plenty of time to save up accordingly. Instead of giving yourself a headache by trying to figure out the math, it's easier if you break down into increments. To start with, figure out how much you would need to save every month and go from there.

Reduce Expenses

Sure, that cup of coffee from Starbucks every morning is what you need to get the day started but that $8 each time starts to add up. Rather than shell out nearly $10 for a cup of coffee you can make at home, invest in a coffee-making machine.

It's a one-time price and you can buy ground coffee for half the price of a venti latte every day. As for other expenses, see what else can either be axed completely or reduced significantly.

When it comes to a gym membership, think about how much time you can really dedicate to working out. If your work schedule has you busy then maybe it's a good idea to cancel that membership. Instead, start working out from home.

Pay Off Credit Cards

Whether you have one or ten cards, they need to be tended to. And why not?

Think about it: paying off credit cards is one of the best things you can do for your financial future. When you pay that debt off, that money becomes available right then and it goes towards improving your credit.

If possible, see how many bills you can put on your credit cards. That'll allow you to focus on what's important (like paying necessary bills) while improving your credit score at the same time. Doing that doesn't allow for much room to put unnecessary expenses on your cards.

Borrow Money to Invest It

It can be pretty tempting to go to a loan agency to pay for that new handbag or new car rims. Instead of borrowing money for lifestyle gains, use it to invest.

What's one good way to invest borrowed money? Stocks!

The stock market is constantly changing which can make it risky but can also pay off big. You want to be a wise investor so be sure to read this article when it comes to the debate on whether to invest in Kellogg stock or General Mills. The answer will surprise you.

The future may seem far away now but focusing on it today will better help you financially later in life.

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