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    Tuesday, 17 January 2017

    7 WAYS TO INSTANTLY CHEER UP ON YOUR DOWN DAYS

    If we believe all the PR and marketing emails flooding our inboxes, this week is meant to be a bit dreary…

    It was ‘Blue Monday’ yesterday and apparently we’re all due to fail on our NY resolutions at anytime over the next few days.

    Now, I’m not saying any of this is true because let’s face it, Tim in marketing blatantly made up the whole concept with some fairly iffy consumer research but hey – let’s just ignore our inner sceptic and appreciate this little mood-boosting list I’ve made for when we actually are feeling a little ‘meh’ about Monday and life in general yeah?

    So here it is, a list of the 8 things I do to give myself a little boost when I’m feeling a bit blah:

    1. HAVE YOUR FAVOURITE DINNER
    Of course number one revolved around food, because food is bae.

    When I’m having a *bleeper* of a day, the first thing I do is go home and make sure I have something AMAZING for tea.

    I don’t mean order a Domino's Two for Tuesday to eat all by yourself because binge-eating isn't quite the right way to go but chicken fajitas? Yes. Lasagne. Double yes. Anything which feels like you’re being given a nice big hug when you eat it.
    2. MAKE A KILLER SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
    Nothing makes you feel like you've got your life in control than lip-syncing BeyoncĂ©’s ‘Run the World’ at full volume - am-i-right?

    Go make yourself a killer playlist on Spotify, turn the volume up and prepare to feel like a boss – mood instantly raised.

    If you wanna save yourself some time, Katy's Hustle Hard playlist is all killer, no filler.

    3. GO GET SOME FRESH AIR 
    Go out in search of those much needed endorphins. If you need to go on a walk or run by yourself to process your thoughts – do it. Grab your iPhone and blast your favourite song (see point 2) while you think through all the stuff getting you down.

    Or make your housemate/boyfriend/girlfriend/BFFE come with you and talk it over. There’s nothing like pounding the pavement to help you sort out the little things buzzing around in your brain.
    4. REMIND YOURSELF OF ALL YOUR REASONS TO BE CHEERY 
    Do you know how many times I had to check that doesn't say cherry?

    Anyway, a lot of the time, when there’s something rubbish happening in our lives, we forget the 1009 reasons why we should be happy and get all consumed with that ONE thing.

    I recently resurrected my weekly update posts as a way of helping me to remember all the little good things which happen in life. The very fabulous Katie Brennan also started a fab thread on Twitter so people can share what they're grateful for - it really helps put things in perspective.

    5. ORDER SOME FLOWERS 
    Yes it would be nice for someone to surprise you with flowers but life isn’t like the movies and sometimes you just need to treat yourself.

    This one is backed up science too. A study by researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey found people became less depressed, agitated and anxious after receiving flowers and also had a higher sense of enjoyment and satisfaction in their lives.

    So take a look at the range from Bloom Magic to get inspired and embrace that Instagram cliché all you damn well please.
    6. SEARCH FOR MEMES
    If you don’t scroll through memes on Instagram and send screenshots to your BFFs in the GroupChat – are you even okay?

    I don't even have to be in a bad mood for my best friends to cheer me up with memes. I spend SO much time on Instagram, scrolling and screenshotting that I'm sat on a pile of absolute GOLD just waiting for the right moment to be dropped in the group chat. (girls, if you're reading this. You're welcome).

    Seriously though, a quick search will get you laughing especially when you share them with your friends....perfect little mood-booster.

    7. JUST MAKE A CUP OF TEA AND CALL YOUR MUM
    Becauses cups of tea make everything okay and so does talking to your mum.

    Hopefully this list will help next time you're not feeling great! Let me know how you boost your mood in the comments below

    * This post was written in collaboration with Bloom Magic
    This post was added to Honest Mum's Brilliant Blog Posts

    9 comments:

    1. Love this! The #TodayImGrateful thread makes me so happy, I'm finding gratitude is a really doable way of keeping on top of my mental health! Plus I buy fresh flowers every week, waking up and the first thing I see is flowers feels good, plus I find it super therapeutic to arrange them! Xx

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    2. Ah love these - sometimes it's just so important to take care of yourself when all down and stressed!

      Jasmin Charlotte

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    3. Awww lovely suggestions in here, and yes, food is bae! Love AP xo

      Andrea's Passions

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    4. Love this! Sometimes the simple things really do work - having a walk (even if its just away from my desk to get a coffee from Starbucks) always helps me to feel less gloomy although maybe its just the caffeine! x

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    5. I find when im having a crappy day that music pulls me out of it! there is nothing better than dancing like noone is watching! and if its an agry day some metal music or eminem usually perks me up too! #brillblogposts

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    6. Definitely buying myself some flowers tomo!
      #brillblogposts

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    7. Awww SO much love for this... I have had a hellish week; stress levels have been soaring but all of these pints are golden! Macaroni Cheese is my go to feel good meal... always. Whilst watching Aladdin <3 And fresh air is by far the best medicine... I find just a brisk walk with my little man ignites a bit more fire in my soul. #brilliantblogposts

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    8. LOVE all your ideas. Food always makes me happy :)
      Nati xx
      www.simplyartdicted.com

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    9. LOVE this post, especially the idea of buying myself flowers! Can spend hours finding the right memes too, and you're right - there's nothing like finding that right moment to use them ! xx

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