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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