We’ve all had those days where nothing appears to be going right and lying under the covers all day sounds tempting. Some days do call for a restful duvet day, and they work wonders, but let’s face it, we don’t get those too often.
If time or money aren’t on our side to encourage us to visit a spa or go on a shopping spree to lift our spirits, there are some pretty fast and inexpensive ways to help lift our spirits.
Not all of the solutions that have helped me in the past will succeed for all, because there are days when a day under the covers is the perfect cure for our sorrows. If you’re in a slump and want to get out of it quickly, here are some quick and easy ideas that will instantly lift your spirits.
- Apply your favourite lipstick
I still feel fantastic after putting some time into my looks, and it creates a huge difference about how I feel. Dress it with confidence and ownership, whether it’s a fresh scarf, sneakers, or lipstick.
- Make contact with your mates
If you want it or not, technology is the quickest and most convenient way to communicate with loved ones. Making contact with someone you care for is a great way to lift your spirits, particularly when you start talking about future activities or laughing about old memories.
- Take a breath of fresh air
Going outside and getting away from it all, particularly throughout the workday, is a great way to clear your head. Taking a break from whatever is causing you to feel down would potentially allow you to feel better and focus on other, more positive activities.
- Brew a cup of tea for yourself.
In the United Kingdom, we are fascinated with our tea, and the first port of call in a crisis is the trusty kettle. Green tea, for example, may make you feel more alert, but if tea isn’t your thing, consider a cup of coffee or a warm mug of hot chocolate instead.
- Build a “heart list”
Making a list of items you like is a simple way to lift your spirits while you’re feeling low. It’s impossible not to smile when you’re reminded of the stuff that make you happy.
- Indulge yourself
Your bank account does not forgive you, but treating yourself to something off your super wishlist makes you feel instantly better. As part of my August trend of getting organised, I recently purchased a beautiful life calendar, which I’ve desired for a long time and can’t wait to get!
- Have a look at some of your favourite photos.
It’s the time of year when you’re thinking of happy days in the past. Looking back on old photos and moments that made you laugh is a fantastic way to help yourself feel better.
- Listen to your favourite music
I don’t know about you, but listening to my favourite songs often makes me grin, and if the beat is strong enough, you’ll always catch me bouncing around my kitchen with my finest air guitar…never to be seen in public!
- Get a cookie treat
The antioxidants used in dark chocolate have lately been in the news for their potential health benefits, but chocolate is often beneficial to your mood. Dark chocolate triggers the production of serotonin, the body’s own happy hormone, in the brain.
- Laugh only for the sake of laughing.
They claim that laughing is the greatest therapy because it can be done everywhere and instantly improves one’s mood.
When I’m feeling sad, I want to check out any of these suggestions. Looking at old pictures on my tablet, chatting with friends and relatives, and sharing a love list are the things that work well for me.
Sure, a spa day or a vacation will lift my spirits, but I hope my bank account will prefer these more cost-effective mood boosters.
What short and easy ideas do you have up your sleeve to help lift your spirits while you’re down?