41 Amazing Pick Me Ups When You’re Feeling Down

Depressed? Feeling Down? Overwhelmed? We all get down from time to time and feel bad because we’re not keeping up with our life goals while wishing we were in another place in our lives. 

What Is A Pick Me Up?

A pick me up is a way or something that cheers a person up. It makes them happy or gives them more energy. Take a cup of coffee for example, it wakes you up when you are tired and gives you energy.

There are many reasons we can feel down and depressed. I’m not a doctor so I won’t discuss treatments or medications, but what I can do is discuss some of the things that have helped me battle my depression and lift me back up when I’m feeling down.

Depression and feeling down can last for a long time, and it interferes with achieving our life goal. Sometimes we don’t feel like doing anything even though we know we should. Here’s a list of things that have worked for me:

Pick Me Ups When Your Depressed

Pick me ups when you are feeling down

Take Action

Focus on the first thing you need to do. If that first task is so big that it seems impossible to take the first step, break it down, and do the smaller parts first. 

By finishing the smaller jobs, you get a sense of accomplishment and start to feel a little better.   You may still feel overwhelmed, but you’re again doing something instead of lying around, feeling sorry for yourself. 

Keep at it, keep the momentum going, the more you keep going, the more you’ll want to do. 

Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

We all tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves whether it’s work related, friends or family, we stress ourselves out. Sometimes just sitting back and relaxing, recognizing and reflecting on all the good in our lives can do wonders for how you feel.

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to sit there and continue doing what you’re doing and feeling bad about yourself, or you can make changes and pick yourself back up.

If you’re feeling down, stop putting so much pressure on yourself. Be content with who you are. Right now. In this very moment.

Pick Me Up Quotes For Depression

Here are some pick me up quotes for depression if you are feeling down.

  • “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” —Christopher Reeve
  • “Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” —Matt Lucas
  • “Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” —Madeleine L’Engle
  • “There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” —C.S. Lewis
  • “Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.” —Janet Fitch
  • “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” —St. Francis of Assisi
  • “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” —Wayne Gretzky
  • “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now—and do it.” —William Durant

Create A List

Being overwhelmed can get us down. I make a list of things I need to do to help me break things down and put things in order. It also helps me remember what I need to do. 

I pick up a pen and paper or make a list on my computer, of all the essential things that I need to take care of. 

Sometimes it’s my work tasks, things I need to do around the house, goals I want to complete, or all of them together. By making this list, it will help you get things under control instead of having them all bouncing around in your head.

Consider starting a depression journal as writing helps clear the air and get your thoughts and emotions on paper. 

All your tasks are on that piece of paper now, right in front of you. This alone can make you feel better. Don’t forget the first one though, Take Action!

Go Outside

Staying at home, lying around and thinking, can depress us. I know it does for me. I start thinking, and negative thoughts enter my head. 

Just getting out of your home, showered, shaved, and clean can make us feel better. Go for a walk, run, meet up with a friend, or you can do something on your list 🙂 See step 2.

Pick My Up Quotes When Feeling Down

I love quotes because they lift me up and make me think.  I hope these pick me up quotes when feeling down inspire you.

  • “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” —Winston Churchill
  • “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” —Abraham Lincoln
  • “The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.” —Morris Mandel
  • “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” —Japanese proverb
  • “The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.” —Unknown author

Shower and Clean Yourself Up

Sitting around in your dirty clothes can get you down. Take a shower and groom yourself. The water, soap, and just getting clean, can do a world of difference for you.  After your shower, groom yourself, shave, brush your teeth, and comb your hair. This picks me up right away!

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exercise pick me ups

Go for a walk outside, a hike or anywhere that gets you moving. If you have a treadmill or have some weights to lift, getting exercise and doing something has immense benefits on your health and mental well-being.

Let The Light In

Pick me ups

Go around your house and open the blinds or the shades. Having a light and bright home can brighten your day by letting natural light shine inside.  Check out these epic quotes about light!


Crying isn’t fun but can help release any negative emotions. Find a quiet place in your home if you don’t want to cry in front of anyone. Crying can help release pain, and you’ll feel better afterward.

Look at Old Pictures

Looking at old pictures can bring back memories of happy times and put a smile on your face.

Nap Time!

I love taking naps. I’ll take a short nap during the day, and when I wake up, I feel refreshed and happy.

Self Reflect

When I’m feeling down, I take some time to be alone and look at the things going on around me. Self Reflecting helps me to put things in perspective.

Write Something

writing pick me ups

Writing a blog post, like I’m doing right now, relaxes me and gets my creative juices flowing. Writing helps me get my feelings and emotions in front of me where I can see them, helping me to get them out of my head and deal with them.

Play with your Pets

I have a beautiful Black Lab who’s just such a sweetheart. She’ll lay on my lap while I’m watching TV (not an easy feat as she’s nearly 100lbs.), but I love having her near me.  

I’ll take her outside to play ball, and it just uplifts me watching her run around the yard being happy.


Being hugged by someone is incredible! I love hugs. Just the feeling of someone being close and holding us brings us back to when we were being held by our mothers when we were babies. Human touch can go along way.

Drink Tea

Drinking tea can help. Tea is excellent for a rainy day, along with a good book. You can even have a little snack with your tea, and it just warms your belly, making you feel happy.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Remember, you are unique in your way. Comparing yourself to someone else can make you feel down and depressed. Your smart, beautiful, and your life is incredible, remember that.

Inspire Yourself

Surround yourself with inspiring things. Find some inspirational quotes, print them out, write them down and hang them somewhere you’ll see them, like your wall or fridge. 

If quotes aren’t your thing, read an inspiring book or watch a motivating video.

Enjoy Being Alone

For me, as an introvert, I love being alone enjoying myself in what I’m doing at the moment. I’ll go online and play a game, create something at home, or write a blog post :). 

Do what makes you happy and remember: you don’t always have to be doing something.

Look Forward to the Future

Look forward to all the things that are going to happen: You will make new friends, you have dreams yet to come true, good food to eat, excellent TV shows yet to come. You’re future is bright!

Get Rid of the Toxic Things in Your Life

Negative or toxic people can make you depressed and keep you feeling down. Go through the list of people in your life and see who’s bad for you. 

Look for anything else that is bad for your well being and try to cut them out.


Turn off your Social Media and News. Scrolling and scrolling through all the news feeds and negative things happening around the world can be a waste of time and make you depressed. 

Find some time to turn off your phone.

Bake Something Yummy!

Baking helps me when I’m feeling down. Just mixing the ingredients, putting it in the oven, and having the smell of what I’m making go throughout the house is a sure way to make me happy. Mmmm, I’m getting hungry!

Breath Deep

Try sitting on the floor, your bed or couch, and just breath. Block everything out and pay attention to your breaths, inhaling and exhaling as deeply as you can. 

Don’t rush, take your time, and breathe slow. Doing this helps relax the body, making you feel less stressed and more comfortable.

Plan Something Fun

Whatever you enjoy doing, make it fun either by yourself or with friends. Go out for lunch, see a movie, have a small get together with people you love.

Write a Letter to Yourself

Again, writing helps to not only relax me but picks me up when I’m feeling down. 

I’ve written a letter to myself in the past. I know myself better than anyone, and I can put things in there that will uplift me and inspire me.

Re-connect with an Old Friend

Remember that friend you use to love hanging out with? If you’ve fallen out of touch, re-connect with them.

Read Letters and Emails

I save old emails and letters where people have said good things to me and made me feel great. When I’m feeling down, I read them over again to remind me of some of the good things people see about me from their perspective. 

Eat or Drink Something Good For You

I like to eat or drink something healthy during the day. It just brings my energy levels up, helps revitalize me, and lifts my mood.

Go Swimming

Go to your favorite lake or pool and go for a swim. The water, and just being outside, can invigorate you.

Take Pictures

Go outside for a walk and find some flowers or scenery. Take some pictures and create a collage or photo album of all the beautiful images you’ve taken.

Find a Mantra and Embrace the Saying Everyday

The thoughts in our heads can either move us forward or keep us back in daily life. 

When we’re happy and excited, we feel we can do anything. When we’re sad and depressed, these thoughts can hold us back from doing things, like hanging out with friends and enjoying daily activities. 

Find a saying like below that you connect with. Repeat it over and over in your head, daily.

“I’m awesome and amazing.”

“I can do anything.”

“I’m happy with who I am.”

“I deserve to have a good life and be happy.”

Retail Therapy

Take a specific amount, $20 to $40, to spend. Try to stay within your budget amount and buy things that will last awhile. 

Get your nails done, buy a small gift for yourself, or purchase a present for a loved one. Even buying candles that you can light at home will fill the house with an uplifting scent and keep your good mood going. 

Buy a Plant

Go to your local flower shop and find a colorful plant or just something you would enjoy caring for. Put it in a space you spend most of your time, give it plenty of sun and water and watch it flourish! If you really enjoy plants, you could consider starting a garden. Having a garden is a great way to lift your mood and unwind.

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