How To Feel Better When 2016 Is Bringing You Down

2016 has been awful. It’s common knowledge that 2016 has been one of the worst years so far, and it’s not even over.

Let’s ignore the ridiculous reality TV show that was the election for a moment. One Direction broke up, Brad and Angelina split, the world mourned a dead gorilla for months, and clowns, meant for children’s birthday parties, are now trying to murder us! Disney World isn’t even safe anymore… DISNEY!

To top off all of the terrible things going on in the rest of the world, one of the worst seasons for us university students is here. Midterms are coming, final projects are due, everyone is procrastinating and then scrambling, and the sun goes down before it’s even dinner time.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but my mood has been plummeting the closer we get to winter and colder weather. So if you’re like me, here’s a list of ways to cheer yourself up when you’re so over today, this week, this season, or even this year.

Spend time with people who make you feel better. If you have a friend who just knows how to listen to your problems and maybe even offer some killer advice, call that friend up! Or maybe you need to spend some time catching up with your girls and not thinking about all of your current struggles. Whatever is going on, it’s important to surround yourself with people who make you feel amazing.

Distance yourself from those who don’t. Even if it’s only for a little while, sometimes you need to take a break from people who tend to bring negative energy into your life. Maybe they have a tendency to make everything about themselves, or maybe they like to belittle your problems, but somehow being around them when you’re down only makes you feel worse. It’s okay to take some time away from these people when you need to.

Spoil yourself, you deserve it. Whether it be a new top, or maybe a fresh manicure, do something for yourself that makes you feel good. Sometimes you might feel guilty for spending money on yourself like you don’t deserve it, but if you’ve been eyeing something for awhile but couldn’t justify buying it, now’s the time to go for it! Nothing will perk you up more than spending a little time and money on you. Treat yo’self!

Exercise. We all know it’s a fact that working out releases endorphins that make you feel amazing. However, sometimes life gets busy and things get in the way, giving us an excuse not to work out. When you’re feeling completely stressed, overwhelmed, and overall down, spending an hour at the gym, attending a yoga class, or going for a run will clear your head and make you feel 100 times better. Even if your to-do list is a mile long, squeeze in a workout for your own good.

Let loose. Call your favorite party friends, make yourself look hot AF, and hit the bars. Sometimes you just have to let your hair down and forget about all of your problems before you can begin tackling them.

Hermit for a night. If going out and partying the night away doesn’t make you feel better, maybe you need to spend a night in, unplugged from the world. Turn off your computer, put your phone on silent, and put on your favorite movies. Maybe throw on a face mask and take a long bubble bath. Taking some me time to unwind and just breathe might just be what you need to feel better.

Call your mom or your best friend. She loves you, she misses you, and when you’re feeling down, she’ll definitely make you feel better.

2016 sucks and this season kind of sucks but hopefully something on this list can help you to feel a little better! 

Featured image via Vinicius Wiesehofer on Unsplash


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