10 Pick me up Tricks to Improve a Bad Day

Sometimes life sucks, and some days are harder than others. That’s why we all have our go-to comfort activities that we turn to lift our moods on those darker days. It’s essential to keeping sane when circumstances seem heavy.

If you are looking for some new ideas on how to lift your mood on a bad day then check out my very own list. I hope you enjoy!

1. Look Good = Feel Good

I know this is tough when you’re feeling low the last thing you want to do is rummage through your closet and find something cute and put it on. BUT that is exactly what you should do. There has been enormous amounts of research about this kind of thing, trust the science of cuteness people!

When you look good you feel good, or so they say. Not saying that if you put on a nice outfit you will instantly feel like a million dollars but it might help and why not help yourself in every way you can to have a better day?

2. Buy Yourself Flowers

I previously worked with women who would buy herself flowers when she was feeling stressed at work and place them on her desk. I thought “this woman knows how to treat herself”. I think it is so thoughtful, sweet and tender to give someone flowers, it is my favorite gift. Every time I buy them for myself it makes me feel so good. So if something makes you feel good, splurge! Don’t be sad that there is no one to get them for you, get them for yourself. You will love yourself for it.

3. Meet With a Friend

Friends have a way of making your soul lighter. Being rather introverted I don’t take advantage of this one often enough. I need a push out of the door sometimes, but every time I see a friend, even if it is for a quick coffee date I always feel better. I find that women have this amazing ability to nurture, and although I try and hold the “I’m tough” attitude, there is nothing that makes me feel better than talking to someone who just gets it!

4. Eat Yummy Food

Considering that my pick me up foods consist of chocolate, chips, and cake I am glad that I don’t need to take advantage of this one very often. Regardless I need it sometimes, I just throw all of my cares away and buy a giant piece of cheesecake. This, of course, is horrible advice, but desperate times call for desperate measures. So don’t feel guilty, feed yourself with an extra treat. I mean you are feeling down after all… you deserve it!

5. Read Some Blogs

I love to read inspirational stories and advice from other people. There is something so motivational about people putting it all out there for the world to see. You can often find people who have overcome the same feelings you might be feeling that exact moment yourself. That is the beauty of the internet, so take advantage of this great tool!

6. Write it Out

Grab a journal and a pen and start writing, I guarantee you will keep writing until everything you feel is now transformed into ink.  This one is particularly useful if you don’t feel like telling anyone else how you feel but you still want to get it off your chest.

7. Grab a Bath

I love baths! Epsom salts, bubbles, candles, all of it. So I had to include this on my pick me up list. Grabbing a hot bath and soaking for 20 minutes after a long stressful day at work always help do the trick.

8. Meditate

If you have not tried it, I highly suggest trying it! Not even as a pick me up trick but also as a healthy tool for maintaining balance, which helps prevent stress and negative feelings in the future. A great place to start is YouTube, try a short guided meditation, it’s a great place to begin. Check out my post on 4 Books for Meditation Beginners to help you get started on this amazing lifestyle change.

9. Listen to Music

Music is the ultimate conductor of emotions. So turning on some happy tunes is sure to act as an aid in changing your mood. I personally like to go for some old school 90’s tunes when feeling down. I mean how can you listen to the spice girls and not want to have a mini dance party?

10. Cuddle Something

Boyfriend? Kitten? Pillow? Yourself? Cuddle into something and just relax, wrap yourself in comfy blankets and bundle up. If you’re feeling agitated this is a great way to relax and find comfort from whatever is taking your energy.

Check out some of these self-love posts to further help you improve your day!

My Simple 10 Step Self Care Morning Routine

12 Self Care Sunday Ideas

7 Self love Tips for 2017


  1. Diana | 18th Aug 15

    Reblogged this on Toast&Tea: Twist&Turn and commented:
    I am reblogging this because every point resonates with me. These are really good tips! 🙂

  2. Alexandra @ My Urban Family | 18th Aug 15

    Those are all great suggestions! And there is definitely something about flowers that just makes me smile and kind of slow down for a second. Maybe I’ll pick some up later today when I run some errands 🙂

  3. Madeline Johnson | 18th Aug 15

    meditate, listen to music – all great suggestions. I remind myself to think empowering thoughts. I also light incense and candles to pick up self up.

    • StephJ | 18th Aug 15

      Yes I love using candles, nice smells are so relaxing!

  4. Fluffy | 19th Aug 15

    Perfect! Spice Girls definitely feeds the soul 😉 x

  5. desperateramblings | 2nd Sep 15

    Excellent tips indeed. One of my ways is to give my cats a good old pampering, brush/fuss and calming tones as they just love it so much and the sound of their rhythmic purring is adorable. I am trying atm to learn how to meditate and so far, yeah its brilliant!

  6. Sonnische | 8th Sep 15

    Hi Steph, thanks for stopping by my blog today. I agree wth you that meditation is a huge pick-me-up! When I’m groggy and want a nap, I’ll meditate first and then be good to go.

  7. merrywriter23 | 17th Sep 15

    Reblogged this on Tales of . . . and commented:
    Good ideas!

  8. merrywriter23 | 17th Sep 15

    this is great, had to re-blog!

    • StephJ | 17th Sep 15

      Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Rachel G | 21st Sep 16

    I use #1 a lot. Wearing clothes I like definitely affects my mood–I make sure to not carelessly dress in clothes that I don’t even like.

  11. Smear | 21st Sep 16

    I use #5 a lot. Love the post, thank you for sharing!

  12. Anita Baffoni | 21st Sep 16

    I feel like it is easier said than done. But these tips are a great start! I love that you put cuddling because that couldn’t be a better way to cheer up a bad day!


  13. Chrissy Z. @ The Brave Wanderer | 21st Sep 16

    Really great tips! I had a similar post yesterday about ways to relax. http://www.thebravewanderer.com/2016/09/how-to-relax-after-long-day.html

  14. PackYourBaguios | 22nd Sep 16

    I like to go buy myself something pretty. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Even some little earrings from Target can do the trick!

  15. Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine | 22nd Sep 16

    Flowers instantly make me feel better 🙂 And they last multiple days so the happiness keeps coming!

  16. Rebecca Kern | 29th Jun 17

    Amazing ideas! This is a must read for everybody. we all have those tricky days and doing some of these things can help!

    • stephaniewp | 29th Jun 17

      I agree! This list has helped me many times on a bad day 🙂

  17. Amber | 29th Jun 17

    Flowers always cheer me up and writing can be so theraputic! Totally agree with all of these important self care tips. Hope you’re well

    • stephaniewp | 29th Jun 17

      Thanks! I love getting flowers they always bring a smile to my face!

  18. Becca Barracuda | 29th Jun 17

    Remembering #2 for a rainy day– I love that idea! I adore flowers; it’s a beautiful thing (literally and figuratively) that something so small can make such a big difference in your space and in your head!

    • stephaniewp | 29th Jun 17

      It is so true! I should have mentioned teddy bears. Who doesn’t love a good teddy? LOL

  19. Diana Frajman | 29th Jun 17

    Chocolate should have been given it’s own number. It’s in a category all it’s own. 🙂

  20. Jill @ RunEatSnap | 29th Jun 17

    Going for a walk or run outside helps me too! Just getting a quick dose of fresh air, sunshine, and moving around can help me to feel better when I’m feeling down.

    • stephaniewp | 29th Jun 17

      Me too! Even if I have to drag my feet to get out there I never regret it once I do.

  21. Allison Ryan (@allisonsaysso) | 30th Jun 17

    Yes yes all of the YES! I love taking a bath with lavender bath bombs and buying fresh flowers!

    • stephaniewp | 30th Jun 17

      I need to get some bath bombs in my life!

  22. joyfuliowan | 30th Jun 17

    These are great! I love to go outside or read blogs when I am feeling down

    • stephaniewp | 30th Jun 17

      Me too! Weather permitting of course 🙂 What are your favorite feel better blogs?

  23. Desiree | 30th Jun 17

    I love the idea of buying myself flowers on a bad day. I think I’ll have to give that a try!

    • stephaniewp | 30th Jun 17

      It is a great way to show yourself some love 🙂

  24. Whitney S. | 30th Jun 17

    These are all great!! I think I do just about all of these things everyday even when I’m in a good mood 🙂

    • stephaniewp | 30th Jun 17

      Yes! Lots of these I do when I am in a good mood also. Keep the good vibes going 🙂

  25. Expertly Flawed | 30th Jun 17

    Writing and meeting with friends are my two faves to improve a bad day.

  26. margarette | 30th Jun 17

    These are so great! I always listen to music when i have a bad day and also meet a friend to have some fun.

  27. JeeYoung Dubs | 2nd Jul 17

    Flowers and music always lighten my mood!

    • stephaniewp | 4th Jul 17

      Yes flowers are the best 🙂 What are your favorite?

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