Sounds too simple?

You may be surprised but many psychotherapists often recommend pleasurable activities as a way of coping with low mood or stressful life events. Pleasurable activities provide more opportunities to feel pleasurable feelings (rather than feelings of anxiety and depression) and can be a great way to establish to break negative cycles or establish positive routines.

Here are some ideas to start off with:

  • Find out about something you’re curious
  • Read a book or watch a movie
  • Take a brisk walk
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Get a massage
  • Cook a meal
  • Play a game
  • Dance
  • Play with a pet
  • Take a yoga class
  • Go to a comedy club
  • Go to a museum
  • Take a nap
  • Wear an outfit that makes you feel good
  • Meet a friend
  • Journal your thoughts in the wayForward thought log

 

Obstacles to Fun

Stress and anxiety impact self-esteem, and not for the better. When you’re upset or anxious, you don’t have such positive thoughts about yourself. Some “maladaptive” or negative thoughts may be:

  • I’m useless
  • I don’t deserve to have fun
  • If anything, I deserve punishment
  • I’m not productive as it is — so I don’t have time for fun stuff

Remember these thoughts are not reality based. wayForward can help you become aware of these thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts.