Everyone is looking for that magic bullet that will make them feel well, happy and at peace. In a world where so many people retreat into their online lives and social media accounts, feelings of sadness and depression are at an all-time high. This is because no matter how many “likes” you get on a social media post, it can never be a substitute for the interactions you have and relationships you build in the real world.

If you’re sick of feeling glum, there are some things you can do to boost both your mind and your spirit. To help you get out of the cycle of depression and sadness, here’s what to do to boost your mind and spirit.

Take A Break From Social Media

More and more people are leaving social media behind entirely, claiming that they’ve never felt happier than they do when they’re free of the “post and like” feedback loop. It’s true that many psychologists attribute our increase in social media usage to why so many people are unhappy these days.

You don’t have to completely ditch social media forever. However, it’s a good idea to take a break for a few weeks, just so you can remember what life is like when you’re not constantly dependent upon online validation. When you come back, try to think of social media as being akin to alcohol. It’s okay when used responsibly, but in excess, it can destroy lives.

Going forward, try to only post on social media occasionally. Uninstall the apps from your phone so that you don’t always have social media with you as you move throughout the world. Instead, only access social media from your laptop or PC and only use it for specific amounts of time. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when social media isn’t a constant hum running in the background of your daily life.

Do Something Good

Giving back to the community is one of the best ways to to lift your body and mind. This is why entrepreneurs like┬áNeill Sullivan┬ámake it such a huge part of their lives. You don’t have to make financial contributions in order to give back, although it’s certainly a good idea if you can afford it. Instead, volunteer your time with local organizations that help people and causes that are meaningful to you. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your problems start to feel insignificant when you’re volunteering with a worthy cause and seeing underprivileged people up close.

Read More

If you’ve ditched social media as instructed, you might find that you have a lot of free time on your hands. While television and movies aren’t quite as psychologically destructive as social media, they’re not the best use of your free time. Many people have stopped reading altogether. This is unfortunate, as regular readers enjoy higher levels of life satisfaction and increased amounts of empathy.

The next time you feel the urge to sit back and watch some mindless programs on television, pick up a book instead. You don’t have to delve into the difficult-to-read classics that you avoided in college. You’re free to read any book, just as long as it’s an actual book that keeps your mind engaged and opens you up to a new world and a new way of thinking with which you were previously unfamiliar.

When you incorporate the above practices into your life, you’ll find that your mind and body just feel better. When your mind and body improve, you’ll have more motivation to improve other areas of your life, such as your physical health and career.