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Everyone has bad days, and it can be difficult to perk up and feel like yourself. Fortunately, there are several effective steps you can take to help yourself feel better and get back on track.

1. Get Proper Sleep

When you get into a negative place, it can be nearly impossible to get a good night’s sleep. If sleep eludes you, make sure you are setting yourself up for success by creating the right atmosphere. Turn off all lights and devices so that your brain is not stimulated, and turn off all sounds except for music or soothing noise that is calming enough to let you rest. It is also wise to limit coffee and other stimulating food and drink to make sure you are not making it even harder for your body to fall asleep. Another way to help yourself rest is to try taking CBD gummies before bedtime. CBD is a natural substance that has been shown to help reduce pain, anxiety, and depression, and is used by many as a sleep aid.

2. Eat Healthy, Satisfying Foods

Your diet can have a substantial effect on your mood and your energy level. If you don't get adequate nutrition, you limit your body’s effectiveness and this can make you tired, anxious, and irritable. Examine your diet to determine if you are getting enough nutrients for optimal health. To help yourself bounce back, eat mostly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with moderate amounts of proteins and fats. You also want to avoid eating too much sugar and salt because these can harm your health and your mood. Most of all, be sure to find healthy meals that you truly enjoy eating so that mealtimes are not only nutritious but also something you can look forward to each day.

3. Exercise for a Mental Boost

Exercise is not only beneficial for your physical fitness, but it's also important for your mental and emotional health. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins, chemicals that help reduce pain and increase pleasure. By regularly exercising, you will produce more endorphins which will help lift your mood. Exercise also helps relieve anxiety by using energy and allowing you to focus on physical activity rather than on the things that stress you out. Furthermore, completing a workout each day will give you a sense of accomplishment that can help to balance out any negative feelings you may have about yourself.

4. Immerse Yourself in Enjoyable Pastimes

When life gets overwhelming, allow yourself to take a break from reality by indulging in hobbies that are both enjoyable and removed from everything that causes you stress. While you do not want to escape from reality to the point of neglecting your responsibilities, it's completely healthy and beneficial to set time aside for a fun hobby. Video games, books, TV shows, and theatre are all great ways to get your mind off of your problems. You may also enjoy a creative pursuit such as painting, baking, sewing, or playing an instrument. Hobbies can develop your natural talents while also giving you a much-needed mental break from your daily responsibilities.

5. Surround Yourself With Others

When you are down, it is common to want to retreat from others. Feelings of shame, anger, and sadness can make you feel unworthy; however, being around positive people can have a significant impact on your mental health and help you overcome the doldrums more quickly. Think of the people who are always there for you and don't hesitate to make contact. Simply being with others can be a refreshing distraction from your worries and can help you feel renewed. It's also beneficial to reach out to people in need and give assistance or support whenever you can. Helping others is a wonderful way to feel purposeful and get your mind off of yourself.

6. Eliminate Negative Influences

Though there are many positive things you can do to help yourself feel better, there are also certain things you should avoid. Social media can be a fantastic way to keep up with friends but is also known for exacerbating depression, anxiety, and low self-worth. Do your best to limit social media, especially when you are not in a positive frame of mind.

Additionally, steer clear of people in your life who tend to bring you down or influence you to indulge in destructive behaviors. People who use drugs and excess alcohol and those who are emotionally manipulative or abusive will only add to your problems. To remain strong, limit your interactions with toxic people, and if necessary, remove them from your life altogether.

It is natural to have days where you are not at your best. Be kind to yourself and do things that will uplift you so you can more easily bounce back. Life will not always be easy, but it is always possible to rebound from your problems so you can experience all the goodness life has to offer.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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