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Chasing the “Blues” Away

Chasing the “blues” away
Feelings of sadness and depression always follow the loss of someone you love. Here are some natural techniques the bereaved can use to ease the blues:
• Use hope to cope. Here is a vigorous principle – keep a positive frame of mind and avoid fatalistic thoughts. Remind yourself that you are really in control and you can do something about your situation.
• Confide in a friend. Share time with a trusted friend. Sharing your fears or your sadness over the loss of a loved one can relieve you of much of that stress and anxiety.
• Tap into the spiritual. Tapping into a faith community is good medicine and has positive effects on patients dealing with everything from depression to cancer and heart disease. A faith community is also a valuable source for strong reliable friendships.
• Exercise. Physical activity produces endorphins, the body’s natural chemicals that relieve pain and create a better mood.
The physical activity doesn’t have to be strenuous. A good walk is enough to combat a bad mood.
• Write them off. Relief from the blues can be effectively accomplished by the simple task of keeping a journal or diary. Research reveals that writing out feelings greatly reduces stress.
• Intentionally cultivate more joy. To cultivate joy, shift your awareness to the positive and modify the negative. You can’t avoid negative events, but you don’t have to dwell on them.
• Socialize. One of the biggest mistakes we make when feeling blue is to isolate ourselves, which can make a bad mood worse. Force yourself to call somebody or have a simple party and invite friends you haven’t seen in a while.
• Accept life’s disappointments. Rather than letting discouraging and disheartening events frustrate you, simply accept the inevitable fact that such experiences are simply the price of being alive.

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