Everything works with a balance and life doesn’t deviate from that rule, either. There are days where in our body we feel a high and there are other days we feel very low, like the tides of the sea. Of course, there are some benefits to feeling low; believe it or not, it’s part of our personal development as human beings. Despite that, when we feel low, it’s as if we are in pain. Literally, our brain gives us the same physical response as pain! Cortisol and adrenaline are responsible for this physiological feeling and they are also responsible for our Fight, Flight or Freeze response. Below I will reveal a couple of techniques to use the days we feel low to regain control.
You can kind of tell when the day will be bad just by the way you respond to it. If you have a bad morning, usually the rest of the day carries on giving you constant challenges. It’s not that life has a personal vendetta against us, though. Usually our focus constantly shifts to the bad things, regardless if good things happened as well. Truth is, all days are usually balanced almost fifty-fifty between bad occurrences and good ones.
Never trust any thoughts you make while feeling low. Your brain merely gives you what it thinks is right at the time because it can’t differentiate between good and bad. If you’re feeling low, you usually have bad, exaggerated thoughts about the present or the future. This further adds to the perpetual cycle of negativity and merely feeds it.
The thing about feeling low is that we usually believe at the time that we’ll keep feeling bad even though we know it’s not true. This makes the feeling linger and also adds to the cycle. No state is constant or permanent. The reason for this is because it’s harder to adapt to something negative than something positive, so our minds obsess over it, trying to resolve it. As crazy as it sounds, don’t overthink it, you just have to let it do its job and leave in its own time.
How to deal with the days you feel low
Because of the immense power of our minds, even something as natural as this can be dealt with and although we cannot fully avoid it, we can always minimize the impact it has on us.
Three powerful techniques to use are:
By no means am I suggesting for you to avoid your problems entirely and waste your time on meaningless distractions. I’m saying that one way you can silence the bad thoughts and keep your ground to get back at it more rationally is to try out a game or to watch something you know you’ll love to lift your spirits. Even two minutes are enough!
Contact a loved one
I highly suggest this. Not only will you make them happy but contacting somebody you love will definitely improve your mood and give your mind a meaningful task to do, instead. Even spending some time with your pet will greatly help.
Take a quick nap
When we feel low, taking a quick nap – even twenty minutes – can “reset” our brain and give us the clarity we need on those days. Sleep is vital for the functioning of our brain and it helps tremendously with bad psychology. Personally, I love sleep and I use this technique the most.
We all get days where we feel low, sometimes without reason. Unfortunately we cannot control the external but we can always control how the internal works. The most important thing to remember is that you are in control of how you feel. What will you do next time you’re having a bad day?