9 Small Ways to Find Joy When Depressed

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I can’t believe we are heading into our 4th week of quarantine. There is just so much to miss. And the heaviness that is lingering in the air makes it harder to find joy during the Covid-19 crisis.

At the same time, I’ve been reminded of how joy comes from the tiniest of moments. Even during dark, scary times. Even if you’re feeling depressed.

Finding tiny moments of joy is not something to feel guilty about. Finding joy is what will carry you through these periods, and may even help you get to the other side.

Below are a few of the ways I have been able to experience tiny moments of joy.

Tips to Find Joy

1. Slowly drink your coffee in the morning, and pay attention to how it tastes. Find joy on your tongue.

2. Play a song that resonates with how you feel. Turn off all of your devices, close your eyes, and really listen.

3. Watch a show that makes you laugh. My go-to’s have been Key and Peele, Broad City, SNL reruns, etc. Laughing is one of the best ways to experience a moment of joy.

4. Daydream. It can be about anything, even if it’s what you’re making for dinner.

5. Listen to the rain. Or the birds chirping. Or the breeze. Or your breath.

6. Take a hot shower. It’s cleansing in more ways than one.

7. Stretch, even if you simply reach your arms up to the sky for a moment, right now.

8. Be grateful for tiny things. Like the softness of your pillow. Or the color of the sky. Or the way the light reflects on a window.

9. Do something kind for someone else – a simple check in can do wonders. 

There is one thing that all of these ideas have in common – they involve being immersed in the present moment. Learning to be in the present is key to finding more moments of joy.

And, The Book of Delights by Ross Gay is a wonderful read, that can also help inspire you to find joy in small moments.

What are some of the ways that you have been able to find joy during this time? Please share by leaving a comment below!



Hi! I'm Paige Rechtman

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