"Everything in life is temporary. So if things are going good, enjoy it because it won't last forever. And if things are going bad, don't worry. It can't last forever either." - Unknown
Every so often, we will reach obstacles in our lives which causes us to focus on the negatives. Whether we're in a rough patch at work, having relationship/friendship problems, suffering from low self esteem or are just having a bad day, everyone has moments where they feel low and find it difficult to try and be positive. This post may seem a little cheesy but I thought it would be a nice idea to list all the things that lift my spirits when I'm not feeling myself - hopefully you'll find this an interesting read or helpful in some way!
- Get a good nights sleep. Nothing makes me feel worse than not getting a decent kip - I feel irritable, headachey, teary and just generally low on energy. You're meant to be getting on average around 8 hours sleep a night, so if you know you've got a 6am start, try and get to bed early the evening before!
- Exercise. We've all been told over the years that exercise releases endorphins, or 'happy hormones.' It doesn't even have to be anything vigorous - take the dog out, go for a quick bike ride, or ask a friend or family member if they'd like to go for a walk. Anything that gets me on the move is guaranteed to clear my head and make me feel a bit happier.
- Have a chat. If I'm feeling a bit down, there's nothing that cheers me up more than talking - I'll make my sister and I a cup of tea and we'll have a chat about our day and whatever's on our mind. Message your friends and ask them round for a drink or call your parents. Surrounding yourself with good company or hearing a friendly voice is bound to make you feel better.
- Laugh. Invite your best friend round, grab some popcorn and stick Pineapple Express on. A good giggle is guaranteed to lift your spirits.
- Get dolled up. If you know you look your best, you'll feel your best. Make arrangements to go for dinner or drinks with the girls and get ready together before hand.
- Tick something off your to-do list. Even if it's small, knowing that I've completed something I've been meaning to get done always lifts a load off my mind. If it's an email you need to reply to or something important you need to pick up on your next shopping trip - getting things out the way will avoid them building up and up and making you feel stressed.
- Do something you love. Whether it's blogging, shopping, going to the cinema, cooking or indulging in weekend cocktails, make time to do things that make you happy.
- Eat healthily. I'm no expert when it comes to food and diets, but if I spend the weekend eating takeaways, sweets and crisps, I'll feel sluggish and low on energy. A bit of rubbish now and again is good for you so don't deny yourself, but try not to indulge too much in junk. Good food does wonders for your mood, skin, hair, nails ... the list goes on.
- Re-decorate. If I know I'm coming home to a clean and tidy bedroom it really puts a smile on my face, and redecorating this year made me feel so refreshed. If you're not up for a paint job, you can always move your furniture around or invest in some pretty bits and bobs for a bit of a change.
- Write. I'm sure if you own a blog you'll agree with me that writing is one of the best ways to vent any frustration. Write down things in your life that you are happy about/grateful for so you have something to look at when you're having a bad day. If you're not feeling great, take some paper and write down what's upset you - you can always throw it away once it's out your system.
- Get lost in a good book. Get into your pyjamas, put some clean sheets on your bed and grab yourself a novel you can't put down - reading your favourite book is a great way to detach yourself from reality for a little while.
- Relax. If you're busy with work/socialising/uni, make sure you take advantage of your days off and give yourself some time to relax. Stay in your pyjamas all day and watch back-to-back episodes of Come Dine With Me, lie in bed and read or just take a long, hot bath. Take care not to overwork yourself!
- Get pampered. Everytime I go for a spray tan or get my nails done I wonder why I don't do it more often. If you're feeling adventurous book to have your hair cut into a completely different style or have it coloured - then enjoy the compliments!
- Look through old photos. Sit and sort through old photo albums, birthday cards and letters - or even just have a flick through old Facebook photos. A bit of time spent reminiscing is sure to put a smile on your face.
- Catch up with old friends. Arrange to meet up for a coffee with people you haven't been in touch with for months. A few weeks back I went for lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in almost a year and it left me in a good mood for the rest of the day.
- Look on the bright side. It may sound a little corny, but always try and turn negative thoughts into positive ones. If something hasn't gone the way you wanted it to, think of the benefits that come with it. Remember, when one door closes, another one opens.
"In all things it is better to hope than to despair." - Von Goethe
I'll leave you all with a clip then never fails to cheer me up ...
Hope you're all having a great day x