Thoughts can be powerful–so much that they can pull you out of a funk even without anything else actually changing. So, if you’re feeling blue, shifting your thoughts is a good place to start.
Before we begin, let’s clarify something.
Thoughts like ‘count your blessings’ or ‘it can always be worse,’ or ‘someone out there would prefer to be in your shoes,’ are all great.
Keep these in mind.
However, if these thoughts have become too cliche, overused, and ineffective, let’s turn our thinking outside of the box.
Below is a short list of unique thoughts you might want to include the next time you’re feeling blue.
1. ‘The sun is always rising’
It’s a fascinating fact, both literally and philosophically, that the sun is always rising. Think about it. At any given point in time, the sun is always rising somewhere in the world. So if you find yourself in a dark place in life, remember that light is always appearing somewhere; there is always a new day and a fresh start. Picture yourself always walking toward or facing that sunrise.
2. ‘I am soul’
Who are you if not your body, your appearance, or your mind? You are a soul. The soul is what lives within all of us. No big bang created that. Who you are (not what you are) is much more beautiful and miraculous.
3. ‘Today will be gone tomorrow’
This thought is a reminder that instead of wasting your entire day in a funk, you should try to live it as best as you can because it will be gone tomorrow. What’s something you do today that will make you feel more uplifted, make you grow, or put a smile on someone’s face? Is your funk about to cause an entire day of your life to be dark and gloomy for you and everyone else around you?
4. ‘Let go and let God’
‘Let go and let God’ starts to run on the cliche side; you may have already heard or read this saying before. Nevertheless, it has to be included in this list because it’s so fundamental. You are not God. You can’t control every little thing that happens. Sometimes you just have to remember that and let go (of worries, concerns, uncertainties, anxieties) and let God find a way to make it all work out even if it doesn’t feel like it ever would at the moment. Letting go is tough, and it requires a great deal of faith and trust.
5. ‘Not today satan…and not tomorrow either!’
If you believe in good and believe in God, then know that there is an opposite side of those coins. For those of a more spiritual mindset, feeling the blues can sometimes feel like an attack from the enemy himself, who wants nothing more than our death and destruction; or at the very least, for us to give up hope, not live out or discover our purpose, and be miserable, self-loathing, and self-destructive. If you are of a spiritual mindset, you might want to add the thought: ‘Not today satan…and not tomorrow either,’ next time you feel down. Remember that you have strength and authority through God.
“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”John Muir