When healing after a break up, sometimes we need a little extra lift to feel better. Whether your current concern is getting stuck in the details, feeling lonely, or you just want a quick pick me up, try reviewing this list for ways to get happy and feel good about yourself. Then, write down your favorites somewhere handy, so you can refer to it whenever you're in need of a feel-better tonic.
Eat Mood Food
You probably already know intuitively that certain foods make you feel better than others. But have you ever eaten anything specifically because you knew it would enable feel good feelings? Get happy by trying one (or a couple) of the suggestions on this break up foods
Listen To Music
A favorite topic among musicians, there are a great many songs specifically created to help others through a particularly bad loss. Create your own break up music
soundtrack with these suggestions, using tunes that make you feel empowered, strong and liberated.
Watch a Movie
Whether you choose a comedy
, or break up movie
, look for a feel good script that'll give you a lot of laughs.
ShowerA personal favorite, no matter what I'm unhappy with in my life, when I have a long, hot shower, I instantly feel better. A bath works equally as well for those who like to soak, or you could even visit the local pool to take a dip in the hot tub.
Are you a purist who'd rather use a piece of paper, or more techno-savvy and therefore enjoy online journaling
? Either way, writing about whatever is bothering you is a fantastic way to feel better fast. Just make sure that your thoughts are kept private, so you don't have to censor yourself.
Go for a Walk
Its cheap, easy and anyone can do it pretty much anytime. Walking
gets the blood coursing, and the brain working (sometimes more so, other times as a form of meditation). You could always go for a walk with a friend too and talk out whatever is on your mind, explore a new hiking trail, or find a labyrinth
to walk for a more serene get happy experience.
Pick Up a Drum
Several major studies have found that drumming
helps us to relax, process grief, feel good about ourselves, and even treat a wide variety of physical ailments. If you join a drumming circle you'll have a community of like-minded people to grow with and learn from as well.
When was the last time you thought about your breathing and how it fueled you? It can take mere seconds to sit with your breath, using techniques like conscious breathing
or yoga's pranayama
, but the get happy benefits will last a lifetime.
Fantastic for flexibility, and a great mood-enhancer, yoga
is an excellent tool in your feel better arsenal.
Decreasing stress, improving mood and bettering one's response to negative emotions are all benefits to meditation
. Plus it can be done anywhere, and almost anytime, provided you have a couple of uninterrupted minutes.