After you have been depressed awhile, the cycle of negative thoughts can make it seem like an impossible task to find joy anywhere.
To help pull oneself out of these negative moods, different things can be effective – some go for walks (especially in nature), some listen to music, some look for creative outlets (like painting or playing a musical instrument). I was feeling a bit gloomy the other day and began to look for positive things. They really are everywhere. I saw the rainbow in the photo below from my window at home. The view helped my mood and I hope it has helped yours, too.
Find things you enjoy and even when you feel down – especially when you feel down – treat yourself. Positives are everywhere!
I began meditating before my son was born, because I wanted to be relaxed for him. I was 36 and had normal stresses, but wanted to be as positive an influence as possible on our baby. I wasn’t interested in religion (I had put religion behind me more than a decade before). I have found many benefits in mediation – clearer thinking, settled mind, a deeper perspective on life generally and troubles specifically, as well as many physiological benefits.
While I spent a number of years with om mani padme hum, lately I have found “OM” alone preferred. While meditating can be on one’s breath, visualisations and other stimuli, I find the pattern of chanting helps to settle my racing mind quickly and has effects that can last days (depending on how much I listen to the chanting).
If you are anxious and need out of your head, I would recommend the following: