6 ways to instantly feel better

By Mae Davies / February 8, 2015
6 ways to instantly feel better
Feeling down in the dumps or having the ‘blues’? Try any of these surefire ways to instantly feel better:

1. Get a massage

There are few people who don’t enjoy getting a massage. Go for aromatherapy, which involves wonderful smelling essential oils, soothing music, and ultra relaxing strokes designed to un-knot any tensions in the body. A lot of people fall asleep in the middle of a massage, so allow yourself to drift away.After the session, you’ll wake up feeling wonderful all over, just as if you’d had a nice and recharging nap. A massage is relaxing, affordable, and a great way to change your mood, making you feel better.

2. Look at a baby

When was the last time you got lost in a baby’s gaze, held a newborn’s fingers, or kissed a baby’s cheek? It doesn’t need to be your own, but babies are magical without doing anything. Even after the ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’, they never cease to amaze and inspire adults into just ‘being’. They also don’t have a care in the world; just look into their eyes: no judgment there, just innocence and pure love. No worrying about next month’s rent either or stressing out about work? Having a baby in the room can light up anyone and provoke many smiles, even from strangers…

3. Get a haircut

No wonder hairstylists can charge so much for a haircut; they double as ‘psychotherapists.’ Somewhere between the pampering, the trimming of your locks, and all the talking that takes place, women report feeling much better after stepping out of a salon.While enjoying having a new ‘do is a good reason to feel great, the whole process is so mood altering that I know of some women who get a haircut just to feel better. Well, in truth, I know they’re not just really getting a haircut; they are getting shampooed, blow dried, and receiving therapy altogether! So I refrain myself from reminding them that their hair doesn’t really need trimming yet!

4. Take a cold shower

Let the cold water jolt your body and internal organs; it will stimulate blood circulation and ease any pain or discomfort. I read about cold shower therapy and its benefits years ago and know how effective it is, so whenever I’m feeling down, having a headache, or just want to change my mood, I go for a cold shower. It works every time for me; I feel refreshed, renewed, clean, and most importantly, I feel an energy shift after coming out of the shower.

5. Go out and take a walk

Sometimes all we need is just a change of environment in order to feel better.Walk away from a room with ‘heavy vibes’ or clear your mind by walking outside and smelling fresh air. After a walk, notice how your mood has changed. Sometimes we need to leave a scene in order for us to be able to handle it better. That’s why for some women, it actually works for them to ‘walk-out’ or take a walk even in the middle of something, especially when it gets overwhelming just so they can feel better. feel better

6. Listen to your favorite music

This is very easy to do, especially with portable mp3 players available nowadays; you can practically carry all your ‘records’ anywhere you want. Music soothes the body and soul, and listening to much beloved tunes is a guaranteed way to shake those blues away. Remember that sound is vibration, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing soon. You can do it in the privacy of your home or you can be more social and hit a club. It’s bound to change your mood for the better.

We hope this short list was helpful; try them all, and see which one works best for you.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.