Five Small Things You Can Do

Sometimes it’s just really hard to kick a depressive episode, or to put words to paper! I’m not saying that this is a cure-all guide, but I think the small things can make a big difference in mood.  Or cure Writer’s block. (Hint. Hint.)

  1. Take a shower (Or a bath)
  • The fresh scent of your Piña Colada shampoo.
  • How clean your feet feel when you see those dirty footsteps in the tub.
  • Singing it out.
  • Pretending that your tears are water droplets (Or just, y’know, ugly-crying. It’s cathartic.)

Bonus points: Throw a towel in the dryer before your shower so you can dry off like an Olympian.

  1. Get some sunshine (preferably morning sunshine)
  • Your body actually has a sixth sense for heat; it’s called thermoception.
  • Morning sunshine is even better because the air is usually crisp and cool.
  • Wear those sunnies to hide your puffy eyes.
  • Pretty much any outdoor activity is acceptable (yes, even laying on the ground).

Bonus points: Throw in some headphones and listen to “Sunshine” by Matisyahu, it’s a nice upbeat song that lets you pretend you’re on a beach in Jamaica.

  1. Volunteer
  • Free to do.
  • Looks good on your resume.
  • Making other people happy can lead to happy thoughts or story ideas.
  • You can say, “I like to volunteer!” when people ask you the dreaded question, “What do you like to do in your free time?”

Bonus points: Try to find a volunteer position that has lots of human contact – socialization is food for the soul and soul food = words.

  1. Dance party
  • Kind of counts as exercise.
  • Happy songs work the best (think “Ma Ya Hi”).
  • Great practice for weddings and dance battles.
  • Stops overthinking in its tracks.

Bonus points: All you need is a light switch and a phone and your room can become a  club.

  1. Cook some delicious food
  • Quesadillas count.
  • This stimulates three senses: taste, smell, and thermoception!
  • Food gives you energy. Energy makes the brain go.
  • Just try to avoid eating in bed. Nobody wants crumbs.

Bonus points: Use a plate and silverware if you’re feeling extra fancy.

 

-Kristen Albertson

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