|When it rains, it pours.|
Everyone experiences low points regardless of where they live, but for New Yorkers, it can be extra frustrating because the city is tough as it is. One day, we can feel as if we’re in the middle of a fabulous real-life movie. The next, our happy little world can crumble around us because of a job loss or an eviction – which sucks, since most of us don’t have much of a safety net here. And then there are the times we hit a wall, and we’re physically, emotionally, and mentally worn out. The saying rings true: when it rains, it pours.
So how do we bounce back and keep moving forward? Mind you, I’m still trying to figure out the best solutions myself. From personal experience, here are some tips that I’ve found helpful when dealing with a New York City funk.
|At times, this crazy city can be too much to handle.|
Let it out.
One of the worst things you can do is keep your emotions bottled up inside; that only sets you up for an even more dramatic meltdown in the future. If you’re especially downtrodden, don’t ignore it. In the privacy of your apartment, feel free to cry, scream into a pillow, order in some junk food, and acknowledge the fact that you’ve seen better days. It’s a fantastic release. I always find that once I vent and let everything out, I can move on.
Sleep it off.
Whenever I reach a point where everything seems to be going wrong and I’m completely overwhelmed, I turn off my phone and go to sleep. It may not be the most productive solution, but sometimes I just need a break from the madness and being unconscious helps.
Talk to your person.
It’s wonderful to have someone who can make you feel better just by hearing the sound of their voice. Think about who your go-to person is and have a chat with them. You don’t even have to discuss whatever problems you’re dealing with – just casually shooting the breeze can make you forget that you’re in a funk in the first place.
|Chat with your person, and snap a selfie while you’re at it.|
Make a game plan.
Recovering from a slump is a must if you’re an NYC local because it’s a slippery slope downwards. That being said, don’t try and tackle anything until you’ve come up with a game plan. Trust me, you’ll feel incredibly relieved after mapping it all out. It’s amazing what clarity can do.
Pretty yourself up.
Girls –– treat yourself to a blowout and put on your favorite lip gloss. Guys –– have a shave and a shower. After being stuck at a low point, it’s time to put your best foot forward and try to feel like your normal self again. When you look better, you feel better.
|Pamper yourself a bit and march on.|
Thanks to James Maher for the photos in this post.