It never seems to happen at a regular time, but there is always a day each week or at least monthly where I feel down. Often it is the result of a lack of sleep coupled with events that produce an emotional mood swing. For whatever reason, there are days when I lack energy and motivation making the world seem like a sad and lonely place.
Have you ever felt this way? So what do you do when you are feeling down? Here a couple of things I do.
1. Count Your Blessings. Days like this reveal the pessimist in me. I can only see the negative side of the world, and it reaffirms the dark emotions I feel. The remedy for me is to look on the bright side of things. What has God done in my life over the past day or week or month? Take the time to focus on the good things in your life, and suddenly you feel more blessed than discouraged.
2. Serve Someone. Nothing changes your mood faster than being a blessing to another person. This can be as simple as making a cup of coffee or as complex as planning a party for someone else. If you have no place to serve, then be creative. Buy a snack for a coworker without them asking for it. Tell a person how great they look today or ask them if they have lost weight. Their smile will infect you.
3. Pray. I know this is a pat answer for everything, but that makes it no less accurate. Ask God to open your eyes, change your heart and alter your attitude. I find it often helps to pray for other people too. This will take your mind off your problems and focus your thoughts on other people.
4. Do Something That Brings You Joy. Take a few minutes to refocus yourself. Sometimes this can be as easy as walking outside and letting the warm sun shine on my face. Other times I stop for a drink or possibly a chocolate snack. Nothing makes me feel blessed more than chocolate. If possible, spend this evening re-energizing yourself. Shut off all media and do something that will fill your life with joy.
Everyone has down days, even Christians. Our moods can swing with the day of the week, how busy we have been lately, the amount of sleep we get or memories that pull us down. It happens to everyone. The good news for us, even when you feel down, you do not have to stay down.