Get back to happy—Tips to help shake the blues

What I know for sure is that no matter where you stand right now. on a hilltop, in a gutter, at a crossroads, in a rut — you need to give yourself the best you have to offer in this moment. This is it. Rather than depleting yourself with… judgments about what you haven’t done, who you could have become, why you haven’t moved faster, or what you should have changed, redirect that energy toward the next big push-the one that takes you from enough to better. The one that takes you from adequate to extraordinary. The one that helps you rise up from a low moment and reach for your personal best.” –Oprah


We all have those mornings. The one where we hit the snooze button a few times, wishing we could crawl under the covers and start the day over. 

What do you do when you find yourself in a rut? I love that quote from Oprah…instead of beating ourselves up for where we may not be, how do move from adequate back into extraordinary?


Below are some quick tips for getting back to happy.


1)   Write yourself a short note to yourself about your accomplishments. Since we naturally tend to focus on what isn’t working, by putting our attention to what is, we re-direct the universe’s energy towards what we want more of, versus what we don’t have.  Self-acknowledgement may not come easily, so this is a great opportunity to practice.

2)   Bless your mess. Remind yourself that everything in life up until this point has brought you here. While it has not always ended up the way you’ve have liked it to, you are still here. Instead of judging your mess, think of a gift that it has brought you. For me, my mother’s death is reminding me this week to take bigger risks and live life more fully. 

3)   Shake your bootee! Go out and exercise! Take a walk, dance class, etc. Moving your body literally helps to clear the chi and emotional energy that is stored. Last week, I blogged about the mixed emotions my birthday week  brought up and committed to walking 5x a day. While I am still missing my mom, exercising definitely lifts my spirit.

4)   This one complements #3. Dance in your living room. You might be laughing at me with this one, but truly, it works wonders! Do you have a favorite song that makes you grin from ear to ear? Would love to do the “Material Girl” jiggle but feel embarrassed? Close those curtains and crank up the tunes for just one song.

Last but not least, try happy on for a few minutes. Even if you are at the end of this entry and feeling funky—close your eyes and go inside. Think of one happy moment, think of what happy feels like for you. Take 3 deep breaths thinking about happy. You can always change your mind later.


I would love to hear what brings you back to happy. Feel free to leave a comment below. Or sign up for our newsletter to receive more tips on getting back to happy. 


4 thoughts on “Get back to happy—Tips to help shake the blues”

  1. I love this post about getting back to happy. For too long, I lived with anxiety and worried about the what ifs, which took away from my happiness.

    Now, I keep a gratitude journal. I write in it when I want to celebrate an achievement or remember something that made me happy. When I’m a little down, I open my gratitude journal and it brings me back to happy.

    Thank you for such an insightful post.

  2. These are great suggestions, Claire. I try and reflect on the blessings in my life at night, when the house is quiet, and remember what I accomplished that day. But I think your recommendation to move – to get more exercise – is spot on. Not only does it help elevate your mood, but it also helps clear your mind to be able to recognize all that you have to be happy about. Great post!

    • Thanks Marcia, especially in the age where we can end up spending alot of time in front of the computer—it feels good to even just get up and take a brisk walk for a few minutes and get our bodies moving. Thanks for reading!


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