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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!