The weather’s not on our side at the moment, and whether we like to admit it or not, for most of us, this has a negative effect on our mood. It’s also 4 months into the year, and I for one, am starting to feel as though I wanted to have achieved so much more by this point, leaving me to feel a bit deflated. (Don’t get me started on the state of the country as well…)
Sunshine is great, we all know it. You don’t have to worry about bringing a coat (except, LOL we live in England and better to be safe than sorry…) everyone seems to be a bit chirpier, you can eat your meals outside with a fruity cider and day drinking is always acceptable; but sometimes, we can still tend to feel a bit rubbish every now and again and I wanted to share some tips on how I try and get out of a slump.
1. Plan Plan Plan
Having something to look forward to instantly lifts my mood. This could be a mini-break, a week-long holiday, or even just a meal with your friends. I’m not one to wish away the days, but having plans in my diary makes the working week just seem that little bit better!
2. Buy Something Exciting For Dinner
Once you become an adult, there’s no one dictating what you eat day in and day out, which is the beauty of doing your own food shop. Seen as food is such a big part of my life, having something delicious to look forward to after a long day at work or a takeaway treat on the weekend seems to get a smile on my face!
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Open Up
Sometimes one of the worst things when we’re feeling down, is to keep it inside. I find that speaking to my close friends and my boyfriend allows me to open up about what is on my mind whether it’s relationships, work or my blog. Even if you only tell them that there’s something up and don’t delve too far into it, they will hopefully be able to take your mind off it.
4. Remember You’re Not Alone
For someone who suffers from mental health issues, it can sometimes feel like the loneliest place in the world. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone you know personally, there are always other options – your GP, a counsellor, a helpline. If that is what your brain is telling you it needs, then listen to it.
5. Don’t Leave All Your Plans To The Weekend
This is one I try to stick to every week, and honestly, it really lifts my mood. It’s easy to get bogged down in the 9-5 grind and look forward to the weekend, but there is no reason why you can’t do something fun in the week. Arrange to see your girlfriends, have a date night to a new restaurant, see you family for a meal, go for a drink with work colleagues – anything that gets you excited to finish the day!
6. Take Some Time For Yourself
Whether this is an hour or two or a whole evening, focusing on yourself, having a pamper and having some ‘me time’ will give you some breathing space and allow you to feel on top of the world come the next day. Tip – even better with wine!
I hope this post has given you a few pointers of what I like to do when I’m not feeling my best, and fingers crossed it’ll help you out, even just temporarily!
What else do you like to do when you’re feeling a bit rubbish?