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We’ve all experienced being depressed one time or another. You know, those days when everything feels gloomy, you care about nothing, and all you want to do is lay around, eat, and mope. A lot of times, it can hit out of nowhere for no reason (or so we think).

Yesterday, for example, as soon as I woke up, I felt blah 😕. My brand new laptop had just arrived in the mail the previous day and I was ecstatic! I was super pleased about not having classes this labor day… yet for some unknown reason, I was depressed. Luckily, this wasn’t my first rodeo with, what I like to call, Pop-Up depression, so once I acknowledged what was going on, I knew immediately the things I had to do to get that nasty Dementor off my back {Mythological creature from Harry Potter that sucks the joy & happiness out of their victims}.

Every time I get depressed or start to feel down, regardless of the reason, there are a few things I’ve learned to do to help me overcome it and instantly cheer myself up! If you’re feeling like the joy has been sucked out of your soul and need a little pick me up, then I invite you to check out my 6 ways to cheer yourself up!

Depressed? 6 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up!

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1. Get Off Social Media

When life is already serving you sour lemonade, the last thing you need is social media. Because people usually only share their best, brightest, and happiest moments online, its easy to get trapped into thinking everyone else’s life is more perfect and better than yours, even if you logically know better. This will usually result in making you feel even worse, so for that very reason, log out of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and any other networks.

2. Listen to Uplifting Music (Preferably Gospel)

As I mentioned in my “15 Girl Power Songs to Inspire Confidence & Self Love” post, music has such an amazing and magical way of altering your mood, either for the better or the worst. For example If I’m in a cheerful mood, and suddenly Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” comes on, I immediately start to feel somber (though I don’t turn it off, cause I still love the song). So when I’m feeling down and I need to immediately jumpstart my cheer-up fest, I turn on the Gospel Pandora station. There is nothing like belting the goodness of God at the top of your lungs to instantly lift my spirits! If gospel isn’t your cup of tea (I encourage you to try it out first though), find songs that bring you to your happy place and uplift your spirits!

3. Spend Time in Nature

Some of the most amazingly creative writers and poets have turned to nature when they needed cheering up, such as Anne Bradstreet, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth and more. When you take the time to actually walk in & experience nature, you really get a chance to reflect on life, connect with God, and most importantly, yourself! Matter of fact, psychotherapist, Kris Jenner (just kidding) Kris Abrams says that nature allows us to remember who we are.

“You feel comfortable in your own skin, you experience your own quiet peace and strength, you sense the inner you that is the true you. The mask you present to the outer world is irrelevant for a time, and put in its proper place” (Kris Abrams, “10 Reasons You feel so Good in Nature“).

Because of this very reason, one of my favorite things to when I need a pick me up, is ride down to this quaint, little bayfront park, and either walk to trails with my dog, Jasper, or lay out on a bench facing the water while the saltwater breeze surround me. The next time you need to cheer yourself up, trying invoking your inner tree hugger 😉

4. Talk to Your Best Friend

In my opinion, no anti-depressant can compete with a conversation with your best friend! Whenever me and my bestie get on the phone, it’s instantly turns into Comedy Central and laughter implodes! Depression is left with no choice but to flee!

In addition laughter, talking with your best friend also gives you chance to get whatever is bothering of your chest. If they are a true friend and not a fake friend, you won’t have to worry about being faced with judgement.

5. Make a Plan of Attack

Sometimes, we can feel down because we may not be where we think we ought to be in life. Maybe you’re not at the weight you want to be, perhaps you’re not in the career you want to be in, or maybe you’re not as successful as you want to be… whatever it is, make a plan to attack it!

About a year and a half ago, I was depressed that I was 23 years old and doing nothing meaningful with my life. After deciding enough was enough, I made a goal that when fall came that year, I would be starting school! I started creating a step-by-step plan to attack the root of my depression (which was me not being satisfied at where I was in life), and as I started planning out the details, that day, my mood instantly began to lift. My depression turned into determination and hope! If you’re depressed about something that you can change, create a step-by-step plan to attack the problem!

6. Read & Meditate on Positive Affirmations

Often, the main causes of our sadness and depression isn’t what others have said to us. It’s what we say to ourselves. Sometimes, we can do it without even noticing! Ever said things like “I look so fat,” “I suck at everything I do,” “I hate my life,” so on and so forth? Don’t feel bad, I have too.

Repeating these negative words and statements to yourself brings you down. Also, it creates and attracts negative situations in your life. You then use those situations to validate your negative thinking! It’s truly a viscous cycle.

Instead, focus all that energy you place in negative, self-loathing affirmations, towards positive, self-loving ones! When you’re feeling down, and you start to notice those negative thoughts creeping in your head, immediately start repeating & meditating on positive affirmations such as, “I’m happy and healthy,” “I may not have it all, but I have friends & family who genuinely love me,” “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and more positive statements like that! If you need a little motivation, check out & follow my Positive Affirmations board on Pinterest!

Hopefully, you enjoyed this post 😀 . If you came here feeling depressed, I hope you now feel a renewed sense of hope and cheer! We all feel down and have our moments, but you don’t have to sit and wallow in it. Get up, embrace nature, listen to some music, talk to your bestie, and tell yourself that you are worthy of all the happiness life has to offer! If you loved this post, please share it the ones you love most and until next time, peace ✌, love 💛, and Zaspyness 🌼


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8 comments on “Depressed? 6 Ways to Instantly Cheer Yourself Up”

    • Same here Rachel! I have Facebook bookmarked in my web browser, and I can end up unconsciously clicking it back to back for no reason, so when I get depressed (or sick of facebook) I have to delete the bookmark to stop myself lol

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