What to do when you’re feeling blue

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One of my least favorite things is being home alone for long periods of time. Unfortunately, that’s been happening a lot lately. I finished all my classes in December, but I’m on the job hunt now. It kind of sucks. Everyone I live with is working and gone for the day.

Sometimes I get a little blue being alone. Or sometimes I don’t even get sad, I just get sucked into a sea of the vast Internet web pages of articles, tweets and tutorials. I’m trying not to do that as much anymore. I have to focus on my 2014 goal of embracing all the possibilities in my life right now and actually take hold of opportunities instead of wasting time.

In the spirit of being productive and positive, I’ve come up with this list to help myself out. Hopefully it helps you too!

1. Eat breakfast before 10 a.m. If you don’t, you will regret it and be hungry. That’s not good. Have something yummy like cereal and then maybe make yourself a smoothie too.

2. Watch something funny. Laugh along with your favorite comedians on YouTube. If you haven’t already, watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s opening monologue from the Golden Globes. I also suggest watching Superwoman, Smoothiefreak and Random Ass Girly Channel on YouTube.

3. Get some sun. Even if you’ve got a busy day indoors, be sure to take a few minutes on your break to step outside in the fresh air or at least hang out by a warm window. If you can work outside, do it! The sun has Vitamin D, which may increase levels of an antidepressant in the brain.

4. Hang out with animals. My dogs love having company and I love it too. Furry friends are the best. If you don’t have pets, maybe you can hang out with a friend who does when you’re feeling down. If you’re not much of an animal person, then I don’t know what to say to you. That’s just weird.

5. Exercise. Take the dogs for a walk. Or just take a solo walk. Or a run. Run to the nearest Starbucks, treat yo’ self and run home. Hey, that actually sounds awesome. I may do that.

6. Do something productive. That could mean something domestic like washing all the dishes in the sink, making dinner or vacuuming. If you’re like me, it could also include looking for opportunities, writing cover letters and submitting applications.

7. Do something creative. I try to do something creative every day. Sometimes that means writing on this here blog. It could also mean updating my websites and learning more HTML in the process, adding more magazine cutouts to my female inspiration board, or getting started on one of the article ideas I have in my head.

8. Volunteer. This week, I vow to start volunteering. I have too much time on my hands not too! Also, I would love to help out somewhere and having a place to be would do me good.

9. Call up a good friend. Sisters, best friends, old friends, family and the like are all great to call up when you’re feeling blue or just plain bored. Actually, they’re just great any time. Not just when you’re feeling needy! They need you too, after all.

10. Listen to music. Nothing elevates my mood quite like music. It’s also good to change it up. I’m guilty of listening to the same songs over and over. That’s cool and all, but sometimes I can use some change. Discovering awesome new music totally lifts my mood.

This list is mostly a “note to self.” Self, get your lazy butt out of pajamas before noon and do the things on this list. You will feel much better once you do.

Note: With all this said, dear reader, if you are experiencing depression, please seek help. Let others know what you’re feeling and get professional help, if needed.

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