Sometimes it can be hard to shake a particular mood. Often after a big transition, like moving to a new city or ending a relationship, we can find ourselves feeling apathetic, subdued, or weighted down by a feeling of sadness. We keep moving forward but we don't do so joyfully. I am not a big fan of the "life could be worse" mentality because it minimizes someone's right to feel their own grief and frustrations.
I do, however, believe gratitude is a powerful force that we can use to shift our attention.
So on a day when you are feeling particularly negative, sad, or anxious, try going on a Gratitude Walk. The walk can take 5 minutes.
For the entire walk, name what you are grateful for.
Focus your mind, heart, and spirit on the goodness in your life. It does not have to be a long walk (remember: barely any effort). Combining the movement and structure of a short walk helps us engage the exercise with more intention and focus.
I would not recommend this unless it was something I tried myself. It truly surprised me how effective it was. By shifting my focus, I could shift my mood - and not just the mood du jour - but the emotional lens from which I viewed my current life.
I hope this helps you find a reprieve and a sense of peace - whether it be momentary or long-term. And I hope that you include in your walk some of the things you are grateful for about yourself.