Having lived the last decade or so away from my family, I've learned a few tricks on how to heal myself-instantly.
1) Change out of your pajamas NOW:
There's nothing more depressing than staying in our pajamas all day long. We feel sluggish, unmotivated and simply unattractive. When I feel sad, I go to my closet and pick out a more-than-average-I'm going-to the cinema-outfit; more like I'm going on a first date kind of ensemble. Put on a little make up and here's the key: GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.
2) Check out a place you've never been to:
Let it be the nearby bookstore or tea shop. Go somewhere you've never been to. It's a great distraction taking you away from your thoughts & worries. Also, it's a way to see that there's always something new in the world for us to enjoy. However mundane it might be, the new places & things tell us that the life we know is limited. We can gather new energy & life force from our surrounding if we allow ourselves to. While you're there, smile at a stranger or if you feel like it, start a small conversation. Allow yourselves to act fine until you feel fine. Fake it until you make it.
3) Eat a really-really healthy meal:
If you're a vegan like me, go to your favorite vegan cafe and get yourself a healthy feast. Juices, wraps, desserts...you name it. Fill your belly with fresh prana and power up your body with uplifting life force. The last thing you want is grabbing a glass of wine or fat laden junk food. These are apana food (downward, sagging, depressing) substances. You are what you eat, so eat something lively & nourishing. You will feel instantly better!
These are just a few tips that really work for me. In addition, I'll definitely go to the gym or yoga and get a good sweat on. The endorphins we create through exercise is like natural happy pills. We feel better in the mind & body and in turn allow us to construe a different outlook on life.
Love & Light,