10 Ways to Feel Better During a Challenging Week


Things have become even more challenging for many people in many different ways.

One of my all-time favorite sentences is, “Things are never as good as you think and never as bad as you think.”

It’s a good sentence to keep you grounded when having a challenging week. It works for me.

If you feel like you need to regain your inner strength, remember you are strong and you are going to win this.

If you’re feeling down and in need of a pick-me-up then keep reading.

We all have those moments when life throws us a curveball, and our spirits need a little boost.

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to lift your spirits and keep negativity at bay.

Whether it’s through music, positive quotes, or a good dose of humor, here are some effective strategies to help you find that much-needed uplift.

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10 Things You Need to Do to Lift Your Spirits

If you are feeling that this is a challenging week and is growing a bit hard on you, here are seven things that you can do to lift your spirits up:

1. Music Can Help

One powerful tool to lift your spirits is music.

There’s something magical about the way music can touch your soul and change your mood.

Curate a playlist of songs that put you in a good mood – tunes that have a way of making you feel energized, inspired, and ready to conquer the world. From catchy pop anthems to soul-stirring ballads, let the rhythm and lyrics guide you to a brighter state of mind.

2. Enjoy Your Hobbies

In addition to music, there are several other techniques to lift your spirits when feeling down.

Engaging in activities you enjoy can have a profound impact on your mood. It might be going for a walk in nature, practicing yoga, painting, or even dancing like no one’s watching.

Find what brings you joy and make time for it regularly. Revisit old hobbies or things that you enjoyed doing that you did not have time for. It’s amazing how taking up an old hobby changes your mood.

It’s these small moments of pleasure that can have a big impact on lifting your spirits.

3. Read Uplifting Content

You’re on social media and connected to your devices you might as well be mindful of what you consume. It’s important to recognize how the media you watch influences your mindset and mood.

A powerful way to uplift your mood is through inspiring quotes and stories.

Seek out people who share stories that resonate with you.

Find quotes that speak to you and display them where you can see them every day.

Words have the power to change our perspective and remind us of our inner strength. Choose quotes that motivate you, encourage resilience, and brighten your day. Let them serve as gentle reminders that even during tough times, there is always hope and a reason to keep going.

4. Turn to Humor

Do not forget the power of laughter. When feeling down, turning to humor can be an excellent way to lift your spirits.

Funny quotes, jokes, or even watching a hilarious movie or stand-up comedy routine can instantly lighten the mood and cheer you up. Laughter releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, and can provide a much-needed break from the heaviness of life’s challenges.

Try to make having fun a part of your life and indulge in things that make your heart happy

5. Picture Your Life After This Challenging Week Is Over

I know dealing with a difficult week is sometimes daunting but taking things as they come and adopting to what you can do can reframe your mindset around it. Don’t be discouraged, things will work out, especially if you’re focusing on what you can do about it and let go of the things that aren’t in your control. Acknowledging that you did your best can also lift up your spirit.

6. Enjoy Some Quiet Time

You can’t be emotionally available for everyone all the time. You can’t work in chaos. You’ll have to find some calm in the storm. Find yourself a quiet spot in the house. Your time and energy are precious resources. Be mindful of who you give them to.

7. Avoid People That Drain Your Energy

Negative people drain your energy.

Sometimes you don’t even notice who it is that drains your energy with negativity. This is a matter of personal choice- do not let negativity enter your personal space. If this is someone that you absolutely have to deal with, try to push your interaction with that person to a less challenging week.

8. Celebrate the Good During

A hug from a child? A family game? Laughter with the ones you love? Those things alone are worth a celebration. Let yourself feel grateful for what there is. You will realize that there is a lot to celebrate and be grateful for.

9. Get Really Good at Setting Boundaries

Remember, every boundary you set will make you calmer and make you feel better. Stop feeling bad for yourself and start setting those boundaries. It’s a matter of emotional survival. And because you will end up a calmer person as a result, everyone wins at the end.

10. Reach Out to Others

Find opportunities to help others, but just as important- know when to ask for help yourself. Do not get to a breaking point. Do not keep it to yourself if you are not okay. Reach out to help and reach out to be helped. Surround yourself with friends, and family who uplift you.

When you find yourself feeling down, remember that there are various effective strategies at your disposal. By incorporating these techniques into your life, you’ll discover that lifting your spirits is well within your reach, no matter the circumstances.

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Dr. Michelle Rozen

Dr. Michelle Rozen, Ph.D., is a highly respected authority on the psychology of change. She is one of the most booked motivational speakers nationwide as well as internationally, and a frequent guest on media outlets such as NBC, ABC, FOX News, and CNN on topics related to dealing with change in our world and in every aspect of our lives, so that we can do better and feel better.

Her most recent book, 2 Second Decisions helps people power through with their most challenging decisions through turbulent times.

Dr. Michelle Rozen consistently speaks for Fortune 500 companies and her clients include some of the most recognizable companies in the world including Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, and The U.S. Navy. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology and resides in the greater NYC area.

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