10 Quick Tips From A Dreamer For When You Feel Bad


You feel bad. That’s it, really. Something happened, or sometimes nothing happened and you are just hurting, in pain, and you feel bad. You want to stop feeling bad, because it hurts. You don’t like feeling bad; it makes you want to scream, cry, and tear the universe in two. So here are some ways to stop feeling bad, and I am writing this because I feel bad and found some ways to cope with it and would like to share them.

  1. Ask yourself this: In the face of death, would you still care about whatever it is that is making you feel bad?
  2. Lose yourself in any form of escapism to ease the pain (though not in excess; reality must be faced).
  3. Remember that there are millions, probably billions, feeling bad in the world along with you. If they can cope, and keep on going, so can you.
  4. Is whatever making you feel bad as bad as what some other people might be experiencing in the world? If not, be grateful for the low intensity of your suffering.
  5. Daydream, if that is something you like doing. Sit on a chair, close your eyes, and disappear, away on your thoughts (again, in moderation).
  6. Forge on with whatever task you need to do, regardless of your emotional state, hopefully so that the act of being productive itself eventually lightens your mind. Remember: action gives you a sense of control.
  7. Pretend you are a blank slate, a cipher, a non-entity, who is re-born with every passing second; therefore, nothing bad has happened to you, and nothing bad will happen to you, because every second is a new one, a new start.
  8. If every time people felt bad, they stopped working, much of humanity’s greatest achievements would have never been born. If others can do it, so can you.
  9. Divide your day up into 5-minute chunks, so that you only have to concentrate on living through 5 minutes, and then another 5 minutes, and then another, concentrating only on that tiny, slice of time.
  10. If all else fails, then just lie down somewhere, and take deep breaths, in, out, in, out, focusing only on the breathing, for as long as it takes for the pain to ease, and then try the other tips.

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