A wise man once said, “Don't make a permanent decision for your temporary emotion.” And it’s true because just how often do you come across people who have literally tattooed their minds with negative thoughts? Happiness is not just an emotion that only a few are entitled to. These scientifically proven tips on how to stay happy when depressed can change the way you look at life. Remember that sadness, disappointment and challenges are just events, not life itself.
1.Keep those hands busy
A whole bunch of studies back this one. Potter around in the garden, attend a cooking class, build vintage car models, whatever floats your boat. In fact, the guys at the University of Toronto found out that physical and mental activity can help keep depression far, far away.
Physical activity releases feel-good hormones as does mental activity that keeps the mind occupied with constructive positivity.
2.Be less perfect
This one is tricky because there are two parts to this. The first part is to understand that you are worthy right now. There is no need to reach that ideal weight, have that corner office, or get that perfect spouse and house. The second part is to stop caring about how others see you. You cannot please all of the people, all of the time. Trying to do will only be draining for your own happy quotient.
3.Material is really immaterial
A psychologist at Cornell University named Thomas Gilovich has done a whole lot of research to prove that we should treasure our pleasant experiences over material things. According to his study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology we tend to measure happiness by trying to measure up our possessions against those of others’. If we think we don’t measure up, we feel inadequate.
If you want to know how to stay happy and positive, make your keepsakes memories rather than collectibles. Visiting a new place or spending quality time in nature can all be ways to stay happy and stress free.
4.Get a cup of Sleepytime tea
Fact is, that well-rested people are calmer and happier. Negativity tends to take its toll when you haven’t gotten your beauty sleep. Several experiments have proven how to stay happy when depressed by keeping the hippocampus (the part of the brain which gives us happy vibes) functions healthy.
Dr. Richard Stickgold performed an experiment that shows the sleep-memory link. If you are feeling like the Grumpus, see if you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
5.Tune in to the blues
If you are wondering why there are times when we just listen to the saddest music possible and feel good about ourselves, read this. This is because it moves us many a time it can help us cry. And you know what absolute catharsis it is to have a good cry and get over something or someone.
6. Do a digital detox
Find yourself stalking other people on Facebook? When you see someone doing well, that inevitable pang of jealousy rears its ugly head. Research shows that depression can be set off by scrolling your Facebook feed. This is again due to a comparison of someone's life with your own that leaves you feeling inadequate.
The best thing to do is to give yourself a break from a deadly digital dishing out. Believe us, it is not that important to know what's happening every minute of someone else's life.
Lastly, remember that it takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.