5 Quick Fixes To Beat The Blues and Kick Ass Today (VIDEO!)

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Dear Danger,
Sometimes I can feel myself falling into a depression or getting down and I think if I can turn it around in the beginning, I can beat it. I know you’ve talked about battling the blues before and I was wondering if you can tell me some simple things that you do to turn bad days into good ones.

Any help would be appreciated!
Love,
Down But Not Out

Dear DBNO –
Thanks for your question – I put together 5 simple things that I do to shake a bad mood – hope this does the trick for you!
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1. Make That Bed.

As silly as this seems, it helps me every day.
I will admit, for the majority of my wild life, making my bed in the morning wasn’t a priority.
For the past six months, I’ve made a conscious effort of making my bed as soon as I jump out of it in the morning.
It makes me feel like I’m more ready for my day and like I’ve got myself together.
If my apartment is a mess, or things are thrown around – it has an effect on me.
Turns out – this idea of making my bed every day and feeling better isn’t that strange – according to Psychology Today:

“71 percent of bed makers consider themselves happy; while 62 percent of non-bed-makers admit to being unhappy. Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, exercise regularly, and feel well rested, whereas non-bed-makers hate their jobs, avoid the gym, and wake up tired. All in all, bed makers are happier and more successful than their rumple-sheeted peers.”

2. Write Down 5 Things You Are Grateful For.

My friend, Gala Darling, loves to share her gratitude lists online and my burlesque friend, Beelzebabe does “daily gratitude” posts on her Twitter every day. I love reading them!

You’re like a MAGNET, Baby!
By focusing on the awesome things in your life – it will naturally attract more good things.
Trust me on this one.
Flip the kill switch on the negative thinking and walk into a dream life that YOU are in control of!

Take Action: Tweet me your #dailygratitude and I’ll RT it. You might just inspire someone else’s day!
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3. Walk It Out!

A good friend of mine and I have “treadmill and bitch” sessions, where we can only bitch if we’re fast walking on the treadmill side-by-side at the gym.
That way we can get everything that’s bothering us out AND we’re exercising at the same time.
I always imagine that we’re “walking away” from the problems or sadness that we talk about – by the time the work out session is over, I’m always feeling WAY better.

So – grab a friend and do a “treadmill and bitch” session – or go on a walk, a hike, a run….just keep moving forward – and you’ll leave that bad day in the DUST!
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4. Get Lost In Something Creative That Will Challenge Your Brain.

Throw yourself into something wild and creative.
I know that yesterday when I felt myself getting down watching what was happening in the news – I shut it off and turned to my guitar.
Trying to figure out chords and put them together to create songs, helped activate my brain and brought me to another place.
Making things always gets me out of a bad mood.

5. Make Body Language Your Bitch (VIDEO!)

NEED MORE? Well, for a BONUS ROUND – I took to my Facebook to ask you guys what ideas you had to help our friend….. and check this out!
From the gorgeous MAYMAY (and one of my heroines)!

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