Some days, it can be really hard to find the silver lining – especially during a pandemic. Dr. Sandy Marantz, PhD, LCSW at Westmed Medical Group has some helpful advice to help you find happiness when you’re feeling low.
1) Connect with Others: Think about loved ones in your life. This might include family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, or even your loving pets. Reach out to them, even just by phone, and offer to help them in any way possible – helping others helps ourselves.
2) Practice Five Senses Grounding: Breathe deeply and slowly until you are relaxed, and enjoy each breath that you take. You can use five senses grounding to center your thoughts. To do this, try to sit in a quiet room and find five things that you can touch, see, hear, taste and smell. This will help you to refocus on the present and quiet any nagging negative thoughts.
3) Move a muscle, change a thought: Immersing yourself in an activity that brings you joy can help improve your mood in the moment. Engage in whatever enjoyable activity that may be for you. Listen to a song, practice meditation, go on a walk, clean your closet, write in a journal, or try a new hobby!
Remember if you’re having trouble battling negative thoughts or you feel you might be dealing with depression, it might be a good idea to work with someone who can help you with other cognitive behavioral therapy tactics for everyday use.