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09/24/2014 08:21 am ET Updated Nov 24, 2014

Five Tips to Cure the Blues and Feel Happy Again

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So you're cranky. You don't know why exactly, but you're running on a short fuse. We all have those days -- days when we're worried, stressed out or angry. I definitely know those days! The below five steps are methods I've used get out of a funk, and they may help you as well.

1. Take a look at your feelings and emotions:
One week, I was moody for a few days. Then, I stopped what I was doing and I decided to take an honest look at my feelings. I gave myself some space to meditate. I had been avoiding the meditation part because I didn't want to face myself. As soon as I closed my eyes, I could feel the emotions around all the things unsaid: the anger, the feelings of overwhelm that I'd been carrying around for days, situations that I couldn't control, people that let me down. All the things I wasn't facing and dealing with were burdening my heart.

2. Surrender:
What does surrender mean? It means giving up the fight. It means stopping ourselves from trying to figure it all out on our own. It means inviting a Power greater than ourselves to participate and shower us with love. The way I surrender is by simply talking to this Loving Power. I communicate with it very simply and get straight to the point.

For me, the conversation goes something like this: "I can't do this anymore. Please help me."

When we surrender, we open our hearts. The only way the light can enter us, is if we open our hearts a crack. Surrender means to issue an invitation to a Loving Power to participate with us and guide us.

3. Journal:
After my prayer, I spent a few minutes journaling. I wrote about anything and everything that was bothering me inside. Then I took all the things that bothered me, all the things I feared, and I placed those words into the light through a visualization. I imagined all those situations surrounded by a bright white and golden light.

Journaling is a great tool to use to get clarity about what we're feeling and to let those feelings come out of us, so they don't drag us down.

4. Meditate:
After I journaled, I went back to meditate. Now I was feeling open, vulnerable and ready to receive. The way I meditate is also very simple. I call it the Loving Meditation. It doesn't involve much. I simply close my eyes and I lift my awareness up into the center of my head. I just focus my attention up there and I invite the Loving Power to fill me up with its light and loving energy.

As I focus on receiving that energy, I start feeling fulfilled, peaceful and content. I then share the energy with the Source that it came from.

Meditation is an act of giving and receiving the movement of Loving.

And last, but not least...

5. Be gentle with yourself:
Be accepting of where you are in this moment. Don't put yourself down for not being in the space you want to be. Just accept that you are feeling this way so that you can start the process of inviting the Love in.

If you are feeling down, angry or sad, I invite you to try these processes out:

- Give yourself a quiet time and space to look at your emotions and thoughts.

- Surrender: Invite the Loving Power to participate with you.

- Journal about the thoughts and feelings that bring you worry or heartache.

- Meditate: Simply focus on the Loving energy that comes from above.

- Be gentle with yourself.

I'd love to hear from you now. What steps do you take to get out of a funk?

Mercedes Maidana is a Motivational Speaker and Business and Abundance Life Coach. She guides women to launch and improve their businesses, go for their dreams, and take action steps to live life to their highest potential. Continue the conversation with Mercedes and learn more about her work on Facebook and Instagram.
For additional tips on inviting more happiness into your life, you can download my free audio "The 5 Keys to Manifesting Your Dream Life."