It’s perfectly normal to get upset or frustrated once in a while but it’s not normal to stay that way. Try cheering yourself up with these cheap pick-me-ups
If you have access to the internet:
-www.imgur.com = you’ll always find something to smile about
-www.wordpress.com = if you don’t already have one, make one to blog about why you’re upset and get it off your chest.
-www.givesmehope.com = Somewhere in the world someone else is having a bad day and there is someone wanting to help out.
-Video games (preferably ones you are good at) a great way to decompress, it keeps your mind off of whatever upsets you long enough for you to simmer down
-watch a funny video on Youtube or movie
-window shop from your favorite store websites
-Message a friend about it
-MilitaryOnesource = if you are military or dependent
If you don’t have access to the internet:
-Hit the Gym or outside= Exercise burns energy and helps you let off some steam. Physically you can release endorphins and dopamine which decreases stress and helps you feel good.
-Read a book
-pick up your hobby
-play with your pets
-write an angry letter and toss it
-clean/organize your space: if you’re unable to exercise, this is great way to get moving and disperse negative energy
-Scream into a pillow. Trust me, no one will think you’re insane, just try to avoid screaming at someone.
-take a nap, old Irish proverb says “The two things you need to cope with life is a nap and a laugh.”
-Squeeze and relax different muscle groups of your body and breathe deeply and slowly with each squeeze.
Things that you should avoid to cope with frustration:
-taking anger out on someone else
-breaking objects (phones, chairs, walls, faces etc.)
-driving (especially if you’re an angry driver)
-splurging aka shop therapy and if you decide to do so, cap it off at a certain amount
-sex = keep in mind that it does not matter if it’s with your spouse or significant other or a stranger, using sex as a tool of blowing off steam is unhealthy and toxic to a relationship.
It’s okay if none of these suggestions did not help you but I hope it inspires you to find what makes you feel good in a healthy way. Have a Happy Summer NOVA!