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Five ways to feel better when it feels like life sucks

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A few things you can do to feel a little better when you're having a tough day.

Some days are harder than others. When you feel like nothing is going your way, and you feel like the world is up against you. And that's okay.

Part of being human is to experience all the ups and downs and the whole range of emotions. 

If you're having one of those tough days, here are a few things you can do to feel a little better.

1. Take a deep breath

And remember that it's okay to feel down sometimes.


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2. Talk it out and spend time with people who matter

It's not just about surrounding yourself with as many people as possible, but surrounding yourself with people who matter, and people who will lift your spirits. Talk it out, and let the people you're talking to let you know how they can best support you.


IMAGE CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM 'THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD'

3. Practise gratitude

Write down three things that you're thankful for and why you're thankful for them. It's not a listing exercise, but for us to dig deeper and look for the why in what we're grateful for.

Practising gratitude creates feelings of connection, warmth, and joy, and enables us to see the bigger picture even when it feels like life isn't going our way. And of course, remember to be thankful for yourself.


IMAGE CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM 'WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?'

4. Watch inspiring videos on YouTube

Feeling down? Watch some TED Talks, or check out some positivity at Upworthy or at The Hidden Good.

Research has proven that watching positive content not only makes you feel better about yourself. It also makes you more creative and innovative in solving problems.


IMAGE CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM 'ARE YOU BEAUTIFUL?'

5. Help someone else out

This might seem rather counter-intuitive. Why would helping someone else out make you feel better?

This is because when you focus out on others, your attention shifts. It triggers a feeling of reward in our mesolimbic system in our brain, which makes us feel good when we give to others.

Not convinced? Try it out and let us know how it goes!

What are some other things that make you feel better when you're feeling down? Tell us more in the comments below!

Thanks to The Hidden Good for this article contribution!