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How to Feel Alive When You’re Feeling Down – Your Ultimate Guide

How do you feel alive again when life seems to take its toll on you mentally and physically?

It’s hard to keep yourself going every day.

You may feel like the world has been turned upside down and you are struggling to keep your head above water. You wake up and slog through your morning routine barely managing life one hour at a time until 3 o’clock comes around and you have some spare energy left over for lunch – or whatever other daily tasks are looming in front of you. You’re not alone. According to research, “These ongoing feelings of deep sadness and hopelessness affects about 2.8 percent of the U.S. population in a given year.”

You feel exhausted, empty, and hopeless. You may have even lost a loved one recently that has really taken a toll on you emotionally. If this is how you’re feeling right now, then it’s time to take some time for yourself because sadness doesn’t last forever; there are ways that we can help ourselves get through it so we can come out thriving again! 

This blog post will be your ultimate guide on how to feel alive again, especially when you’re feeling down. I hope they’ll be helpful in getting your feet back under you again.

1. Be Fully present with Yourself and Your Surroundings.

The best moments in life are found in the journey, not at its ultimate destination. Everywhere you go, there are unfamiliar sights and sounds to experience and enjoy; it’s always an adventure! Enjoy the life you’re living right now. Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself now because it might not come back again later on down the road.

2. Try New Things – Learn a New Skill 

Trying new things is important. You never know what you might discover about yourself or have fun doing!

We all get bored with the same day-to-day life, but it helps if we try each day to become more knowledgeable by trying something different or learning a skill that we’ve never tried before. Knowledge is power.

There are so many opportunities available now through social media and on apps which makes taking this first step much easier than ever before – there’s no excuse not to give yourself some time away from the norm every once in a while.

3. Push your Personal Boundaries and Face Your Fears

There are always going to be things that make you uncomfortable. As you face these fears, you’ll grow as a person and push through your personal boundaries. 

We all have those moments when the world around you seems too much-too loud, too bright and you’re feeling extremely overwhelmed. It’s in these instances where you’re faced with fear: will this hurt? Will people judge me for my lack of experience? Am I capable of doing this? 

But what if you’re right about not being good at something – shouldn’t you try again anyway so no one can tell you otherwise? Pushing your own expectations out of your comfort zone is an important step in living every day because you’ll be capable of facing new challenges head on. 

4. Pursue a dream & Create a Vision

It is never too late to follow your dreams. 

Pursuing your dreams and setting goals for yourself is one of the best ways to give you a sense of purpose. It can be very therapeutic. It gives you something to look forward too and work on it on your free time because you’re genuinely interested in it.

If you are feeling lost or uninspired, then it may help to set future plans.

Consider creating an inspirational vision board with pictures that represent what inspires you most. A vision boards will help you visualize what you want. They can also serve as a reminder of why we want the things that we do in life, like having more money or fulfilling work; they remind us what is really important

5. Cry it Out

Tears are the best way to release emotions. You don’t have to be strong all the time and sometimes there is no other solution but tears.

It’s okay to let your emotions out from time-to-time. Tears can relieve stress, anger, sadness or frustration; they help you let out everything that has been building up inside and release pent-up feelings in a healthy manner.

Crying does not make you weak – it makes you human.

6. Hit Something

Anger is a natural emotion that can lead to many negative consequences if not dealt with. The best way for you to release your anger and get rid of any pent-up emotions is by exercising or punching something inanimate, like the ground or even pillows, until all frustration has been released out of your system.

It’s okay to let some steam off every now and then but it’s important not to overdo things when letting loose on stress relief exercises because they can have long-lasting effects such as headaches, muscle soreness etc., so make sure you’re taking care of yourself too!

7. Experience Nature

The importance of experiencing nature cannot be stressed enough. Nature is the most beautiful thing in this world, and yet we continue to take it for granted. We are so consumed with our technology that we forget all about what’s around us every day: trees, flowers, waterfalls – you name it! 

The sense of awe these things provide can’t truly be understood until experienced first hand. A walk through a park or any other natural setting will do wonders for your mental health. It will remind you just how much there still remains unseen by human eyes each year and just how small we are as humans compared to the natural wonders of the world.

8. Exercise

Exercising is a fun and easy way to improve your quality of life and make you feel alive when you’re feeling down. Get outdoors for an afternoon jog or take on that challenging yoga class you’ve always wanted to try, but never had the time!

Exercise has many benefits – increased energy levels, improved sleep patterns, reduced muscle soreness after exercise. Why not spend some time today doing something physical?

If you’re struggling trying to find an activity that will help you, I’ve written a whole article on establishing a morning yoga routine that you can find here.

9.Watch the Sunrise

Seeing the sunrise can be one of life’s most beautiful moments. It doesn’t matter if you are in a remote location or right outside your own window, experiencing such an iconic moment is something that everyone should witness when they want to know how to feel alive again.

Not only does it help to start off every day on the right foot, but seeing this natural beauty also has some surprising benefits!

1) Watching the sun rise helps improve mood and outlook 

2) Increased energy levels 

3) Helps with sleep patterns 

4). Promotes better focus 

5). Provides Vitamin D

10. Sign your Favorite Song

Joyful music may be just the thing you need to get your spirits up again. A great way to get back into the zone is by signing a good tune. Sometimes all it takes is one move toward positivity and everything will start looking more hopeful again. 

11. Tell Someone How You Really Feel About Them

It’s really hard to muster up the courage to tell someone how you feel. It can be scary because of how vulnerable you are, but it might also be a good thing for your mental health. When was the last time you really felt alive?

For many of us, it is when we are able to express how we feel about someone who has some sort of special meaning in our lives. It’s that feeling where everything feels like a weight off your shoulders and nothing seems too heavy anymore.

If you’re thinking about telling someone how you feel, tell them. The worst they can do is say no and if they do, then you should be thankful because it wasn’t meant to be.

12. Be Honest about What’s Bothering You

It is essential to be honest with yourself and to those around you if you want to grow as a person. When we are being dishonest, it means that our subconscious mind knows what the truth is but doesn’t reveal it because of fear or shame that we keep hidden.

If something is bothering you, speak up. You’ll feel less burdened by taking this step; I promise it will make things more enjoyable too – not only while sorting through whatever is going on but also afterwards as well since there won’t be any secrets left between you and the person you’re having problems with.

13. Meet Someone New

For many, this is the scariest activity on our list because they may be afraid of rejection. This fear comes from an internalized belief that no one would want to talk with them and meet new people if they were there around too long.  

For some, it’s hard enough meeting someone for coffee or a drink, but imagine doing something like speaking to a stranger and meeting someone new?

Think about how life changing it could be just by talking to another person you’ve never met before! If you’re struggling with confidence and find it hard to communicate with others, consider trying friend apps like Bumble BFF, you’d be surprised what you can find!

14. Wear Something You Normally Wouldn’t Wear

In order to start feeling more alive, you need a fresh new wardrobe. The quickest way to do this is by updating your closet with some great deals online! Don’t wait for old clothes and styles that don’t suit your personality anymore.

Step into your life in style because it’s never too late (or early) to make changes if they’re going bring about positive change in your life.

15.Self Care Day- bath/massage

The role of self-care has been a recurring topic in recent years, and it’s for good reason – by taking care of ourselves, we are able to enjoy life more fully. Self care is something that should be practiced both at home and on the go: there may not always be time or opportunity to find respite from our busy lives. However, being thoughtful about what you need can make all the difference between feeling burnt out or refreshed when faced with an overwhelming day.

Self-care does not have to involve expensive trips at spas that require hours out of your day – even small acts like washing your face before bedtime can make all the difference.

16. Be Alone

It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the most valuable things you can do during your time alone is get to know yourself.

Get in touch with whom you are and what makes up “you” by spending some quality time on your own. This will bring a sense of clarity not only about where all this self-discovery starts from – it’ll also help broaden how we interact socially when out and about with friends or family members. It will teach you how to feel more alive, because you’ll know exactly what you need.

17. Read a Book

Reading can be therapeutic for anyone who needs an escape from their everyday stresses or just wants to have fun reading something different.

Reading is an activity that gives you time to think without any distractions or interruptions, which in turn makes it easier for people who are introverted to recharge their batteries so they have more energy available when interacting with others later. It also helps improve vocabulary skills. 

18. Say Thank You

It’s easy to take the little things for granted. It can be difficult when there are a million more problems that need your attention, but it is important to reflect on and appreciate what you have in this moment. It’s important to not to get sucked into an all-or-nothing state of mind.

Take some time out each day to thank someone or something that has had a positive impact on your life; whether they’re human (family members) or nonhuman (nature). Focus less energy on how hard everything is at any given time and focus instead upon its silver linings, because those will keep us going strong through tough times.

19. Cook a Meal

Cooking has been shown as an excellent way for anyone looking to destress from their daily routine; not only does it allow one’s mind to focus on something else other than work, but cooking also provides physical activity that helps reduce tension throughout much of the body while simultaneously providing nourishment for oneself after all of those minutes spent slaving over hot stovetops!

Don’t underestimate the power of cooking and having good food in your stomach. When trying to figure out how to feel alive again, some good comfort food may just be what you need. 

20. Try Out a New Restaurant

Trying out a new restaurant can be like trying on different masks. You are giving yourself the opportunity to step into another character’s shoes for an hour or two, and it might make you feel alive again when life feels dull. 

I’m guilty of always eating the same thing at a restaurant because I’m scared I’ll order something I don’t like. However, it’s a habit that needs to end because imagine all the things I’m missing out on. I may have a new favorite dish that I never knew I had before if I hadn’t given it a chance.

21. Learn to Forgive

Forgiveness is the act of forgiving someone who has hurt or wronged you so that they can move forward in life with a clean slate free from any guilt for what happened before.

Learning to forgive allows them to be at peace while continuing on with their lives as well, which benefits both parties involved because now neither will hold on to past transgressions indefinitely when there’s no need to.

22. Start your day Differently

Ever feel like you’re stuck in the same routine that’s never going to change, day after day, year after year? Getting up at 8am every single morning and doing chores until it gets dark outside. If this is what your life looks like right now, then we have some advice for you: shake things up a little!

Creativity is a muscle that needs to be exercised, and changing up your morning routine might just do the trick. You may not have realized it yet, but everyone has their own unique daily rituals they follow in order to start off with energy; some of these habits are more productive than others. 

This may be what you need if you’re looking to feel alive again, because if you find yourself doing the same thing everyday then you may already be dreading your day before it even starts.

23. Be Selfish and Put Yourself First 

You might be surprised to find out just how many people are guilty of putting the needs and wants of others first, while neglecting their own. They put themselves last on the priority list, and this can lead to a whole slew of negative consequences that may not have even been considered until it’s too late.

If you want your future self to thank you for being so selfish in today’s world, then take care now!

24. Spend time with your Family 

They say that spending time with family is good for the soul. But sometimes we’re so caught up on our problems and focusing on what needs to be done at work, or how much money we owe. In which inevitably leads us back into a cycle of self-doubt — but don’t forget about those people who love you unconditionally! It’s important to cherish every moment. 

Bottom Line

Learning how to feel alive is no easy task and it might be overwhelming at first glance, but I hope these tips have helped! Whether you’re trying something big or small, the choice is your. The fact that you’re making an effort to try tells me that you want to grow as a person, mentally and physically.

These little moments will help bring some brightness into your everyday live. It will also provide you with something positive amidst all the chaos and negativity around today’s society. 

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