11 small ways to feel happier right now

11 small ways to feel happier right now | robowecop

Today’s post is a nice one. I’ve been feeling a bit down on myself and my blog over the past couple of weeks because of a slight lack of motivation and feeling a bit more anxious than usual. But at the same time I’ve been feeling crazy guilty about it. Vicious circle – cheers, anxiety. Anyway, I’ve needed a couple of pick-me-ups and I’ve had to MAKE myself happy, rather than just expecting it or waiting for it to happen on it’s own. So I thought I’d share a few of my ways to feel happier right now in this moment with you just in case even one of you lovely people out there reading this post can feel like it’s helped you.

1 | Go outside. Even if you just sit out in your garden for a short while, it is scientifically proven that even 15 minutes extra vitamin D a day can lift your spirits!

2 | Read something. Specifically something uplifting, if you have it. Whether that’s a blog post or a book, lose yourself in someone else’s uplifting words and take your mind off any unhappiness you may be feeling. (I’ve been loving Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig recently!)

3 | Sweat it out. Go for a run, a weight lifting sesh, do a fitness DVD, heck even take the dog on a short walk. Exercise, even in its smallest amounts, releases endorphins that make you feel happy. That and it’s super good for you. You don’t have to do two hours at the gym, fit it around your schedule and do what’s best for you! (Yoga is also AMAZING for a quick happiness boost!)

4 | Go for a nap. If you’re good at naps, that is. Sometimes going for a nap can be quite risky for me – I usually wake up super groggy! But sometimes, a little extra sleep can give you the recharge you need to tackle what seems impossible before and give you a little dose of happiness. (Aim to sleep more on a night as well, but that’s more of a long term thing.)

5 | Meditate. Contrary to popular belief, meditating ISN’T that hard and it DOESN’T need to take ages. Just 10 minutes of your day concentrating on your breathing and trying to relax your mind can make all the difference. (My favourite apps for this are Calm and Headspace).

6 | Listen to music. The more upbeat the better! Stick on some cheesy pop (or, if you’re like me, something a little heavier) and dance/sing/whatever else until you’re blues are gone!

7 | Write it down. For me, writing is a massive form of therapy. Whatever you’re feeling, write it down. Get all of it out there and you’ll feel a lot less weighted by any troubles.

8 | Go for a bath. The more bubbles, the better. Stick in a relaxing bath bomb and some nice music (or Netflix if you prefer) and soak your troubles away.

9 | Make a “thankful” list. Being aware of everything you’re thankful of can give you a new perspective on your day (or even your whole life if you do it enough). Looking at the positives in things really does make a difference to your happiness levels, even if you only do it once in a blue moon.

11 | Make a cup of tea. (Or coffee if you prefer I guess…) It’s scientifically proven that having a cup of tea makes you 2935793867039% happier than not having a cup of tea.* And you can’t argue with those statistics, it’s science.

*This may not be true, I don’t know, I’m not a scientist.**

**It probably is true though.

10 | Spread the love. Nothing makes me feel happier than making someone else feel happy. Pay someone a compliment, tweet a list of your fave blogs just because, text your best friend why you love them, make someone a cup of tea, call an elderly relative for a catch-up, the list is endless.

There are SO many more ways to feel happier and banish those blues. Some more long term, some (like these) more short term. The key is to take your mind off what’s making you unhappy and give yourself a bit of credit! Self care is the bomb.

What small things do you do to make yourself happier? Let me know in the comments!

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25 Comments

  1. Danielle Jade
    20th July 2017 / 9:28 am

    I love this, i know it’s an old post of yours but it’s so timeless and every point i truly think works.

    http://www.danielle-jade.com

  2. 4th January 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Depends on how bad my mood is, but my favorite ways of cheering myself up or clearing my head is to go for a long walk along the bay or in the park, or listening to some very fun sing-along music.

    http://www.thedaisyedit.com

  3. 30th September 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Number 8- Having a bath always makes me feel better. There’s something about just sitting in warm water, with nowhere to be, wrinkled and prune like that’s just so nice. Sorry to hear you’ve been really feeling anxiousness recently- I’ve been struggling too of late, hope you start feeling a lot better soon x

    Claudia // Lipstick Theory // Lifestyle Blog

  4. Beckie Eschle
    16th November 2015 / 8:05 pm

    What a great post! Made me feel a bit better on my down day! x

    http://www.beckieeschle.com

  5. Amy
    29th October 2015 / 7:39 am

    This is a really helpful post. I’ve been really down recently, and this is a perfect reminder to take some time out for me. Thank you! Amesmames xx

    amesmames.blogspot.com

  6. 23rd October 2015 / 3:16 pm

    This is such a great list! Regarding the first point, it can also be really helpful to take a vitamin D supplement, especially if you live somewhere that doesn’t get a lot of sun and/or during the winter. I take vitamin D every day and I notice that when I take it consistently my mood is much better. When I don’t take it for a while I’m more prone to getting down and anxious about things.

  7. lyndesloovere
    23rd October 2015 / 10:59 am

    Although there are a few things I can’t do because of being chronically ill (going outside, exercise, listen to upbeat music,..) this is a good list :)
    Being completely honest : I’m sad most of the time because of my illness (got sick at 15, now almost 22 & all my supposed to be friends dropped me like sh*t + I can almost do nothing..) so when I’m awake, I watch tv/read a book to distract my mind. When I wasn’t as sick as I am now, I followed a mindfullness course of a couple of weeks and it took me some time to get it but when you train on it, it can really help you, just pick the exercises that you feel comfortable with.
    And what else makes me happy is my boyfriend who never left my side in these + 6years of being sick, this had to be said in my opinion since it is actually unbelievable regarding the situation..
    Oh and my little sister who is SO understanding (she’s only 9 but understands it more than most others) and my heart just melts when she does things for me that I can’t do and asks “can I do something else, sissy?”
    So, while I’m busy : shoutout to my boyfriend, little sis, mum and grandparents for always being there for me! (Crying of happiness/thankfulness when writing this)
    PS : sorry if I “spammed” your comment section but it needed to be said.. Thank you!
    xx Lyn

  8. Ramsha | Rose
    23rd October 2015 / 12:02 am

    I loved reading this because I have done most of these and they make you feel better. The thing I love the most is spreading love ;) -It’s the reason why I started a blog and just helping others, or making others smile is a great feeling :)
    Ramsha | Rose
    xxx

  9. Bethan
    22nd October 2015 / 6:53 pm

    Great post! Reading always distracts me and I loved Reasons to Stay Alive too! x

    http://www.bethanlikes.com

  10. 22nd October 2015 / 6:02 pm

    yes and yes to all! Especially the tea thing. Pretty sure scientists will agree too! I’m glad you’ve pointed out that you sometimes NEED to make yourself happy. I have written posts like this before and really making an effort is so important. It gains control of whatever is lurking in your and you then you can just own it! Hope you had a good week!
    katie
    x x

    http://www.littlekaatie.com

  11. 22nd October 2015 / 11:54 am

    Great post, I think everyone needs a pick me up at some point or another and these are all perfect!

    Maddy, xo

  12. Kathryn O'Connor
    21st October 2015 / 11:12 pm

    I loved this post. Exercise is definitely something I forget when I’m feeling down, I want to make more of an effort even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day!

    Tea and baths are very good, yes, definitely scientifically proven. xx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

  13. 21st October 2015 / 11:10 pm

    Aww I love this post! Especially the tea part :’) That made me giggle! Hope your okay lovely xx
    OliviaCheryl.com

  14. 21st October 2015 / 7:34 pm

    Loved reading this posts – so many things for me to try. I’m very guilty of sitting on my bum all day doing nothing to help myself and putting things off! I feel going outside and doing some exercise might help:)

    Lucy | http://www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

  15. megsiobhan
    21st October 2015 / 4:57 pm

    I definitely need to do a good ol’ bunch of this I think. Thanks for the list! :)

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  16. 21st October 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Loved reading this post so much!! It’s so important to find joy in the little things and be the one to cheer yourself up when having a crappy day. I also don’t enjoy taking naps that much, I personally prefer going outside, reading, writing and listening to music while having a little solo dance party, it always makes me feel better haha. And I really want to give yoga a try, hopefully before this year ends! :) x

  17. fayeolivia_
    21st October 2015 / 11:54 am

    I love this post so much! I’ve been feeling so down recently, I mostly struggle when it comes to finding the motivation to get up and try and make myself happy, rather than just sitting in my own misery. I love going for walks when I am down, they especially help lift my mood, as well as writing stuff down, I also really enjoy working out and meditating, will try some of your other tips too, especially reading! xx

  18. 21st October 2015 / 10:49 am

    Love love love this. I’ve been really struggling with my anxiety recently and I know that all of these will help <3

    Sophie Cliff

  19. 21st October 2015 / 10:23 am

    I’ve just finally started Yoga!! It really helps to uplift me afterwards and just make me feel at peace with myself. Although your points are spot on as always and I easily do a good half of these (like having a bath or going for a walk) to just help perk my spirits!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  20. Mimmi
    21st October 2015 / 7:52 am

    This is such a lovely post :) I’ve never got the hang of taking naps either, but other than that I agree 100% with all of these. I should definitely exercise more, because it always makes me feel so much better.

    Mimmi xx

    Muted Mornings