Everyone has their down days at times, it’s just a part of life. There are so many ways you can make yourself feel better though. Here are my pick-me-ups that I always find help if I’m feeling fed up!
It’s amazing the difference getting out in the fresh air can make. I can be sitting inside feeling fed up but once I throw on my jacket and head out, I feel so much better. Whether it’s a walk with the dog or just tidying up the garden, it doesn’t seem to matter, just being outdoors is a tonic.
Read, read, read
Reading is a form of mindfulness, which has been proven time and time again to help with stress and anxiety. When you get stuck into a good book your mind is focusing on conjuring up lots of lovely images in your head and therefore forgets about anything else, if only for a short time.
I’ve already mentioned mindfulness of course but it’s worth a mention in its own right. Most people are aware now of what mindfulness is – focusing on the present and stilling the mind rather than chewing over your thoughts constantly. It’s been proven time and time again to improve mental health and is something we should all try to do a little more of. There are a huge number of books, apps and videos available to get you started.
Get a film on
We all have our favourite films and tv programmes and they are a perfect tonic to feeling down. My go-to films are usually The Lord of the Rings films or Disney Classics, I can watch them time and time again! Watching something funny (I love French and Saunders and Friends!) is also highly recommended.
Meet up with someone for a cup of tea, phone your best friend, take part in a Twitter chat – whatever you enjoy! It’s easy to wallow by yourself but even a quick phone call or a friendly tweet can make your day so much better!
Now this is one to be careful with! Going on a spending spree might not be the best plan if you’re stressed about money or on a tight budget! However a magazine or nail varnish won’t break the bank and a wee treat for yourself is a great pick-me-up.
Listen to music
Or play it yourself if you can! Music is fabulous therapy and listening to your favourite songs is something you can do (almost) anywhere. I find getting my accordion out (such an uncool instrument haha) and playing it for a wee while is a great way to chill out.
There are so many other things I could add to this list! Do you have any other ways you cheer yourself up if you’re feeling down?