As I said in my post last week, my mental health as been up and down like a damn yo-yo lately. So instead of writing about my life problems, fueling that negativity by reflecting on it, I’ve decided to cook up a really fun, light-heart list of things I really love doing that cheer me up when I feel at my lowest. When life hits you hard, sometimes it’s almost impossible to attempt to do something fun which you enjoy. Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration or comfort with this post. With that being said, let’s jump straight into it!
- Drink a cup of tea.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I stand firmly with the belief that tea fixes everything. Tea contains antioxidants thus helping us stay feeling refreshed and ready to face whatever life throws at us. It’s also got far less caffeine than coffee, so when you’re already feeling shaky, tea helps chill you out. Overall, tea is one of the best finds human kind ever came across, and it’ll definitely boost your mood, even if it’s for a few minutes. It’s the perfect chance for you to settle down with a good book, a pet and enjoy life whilst it’s still and peaceful.
- Watch your favourite film.
Your favourite film is bound to chase those blues away! By watching your favourite film, you’re allowing yourself to relax and escape reality and all that causes you distress. So whenever you’re feeling down and out of energy to do anything, grab a blankie, your pet/favourite toy, sit back, relax and watch your favourite film.
- Have a warm bath.
Having a warm bath is actually one of the most therapeutic and relaxing things you can do. I could go on a huge tangent about how the aromatherapy and ingredients in bath bombs and bath salts help relax your mind, body and soul. I mean, would you expect anything less from an ex-employee of Lush? But, it’s proven to be a real coping method for many people. You can stay in that bath for as long as you like. I think of my baths as safe havens. When I’m in that tub nothing else matters. Life just stops. And that gives me chance to catch my breath and gather my thoughts. You can’t go wrong with a good, old school warm soak in the bath.
- Paint/ draw/ get crafty.
We’ve all come to a time in our lives where we’ve had to colour in and paint with a brother, sister, nephew, niece, cousin, or even just a young child you’re looking after. And we’ve all just sort of lost ourselves in the arts and crafts we’ve been taking part in creating. So why not lose yourself again in arts and crafts when you’re feeling overwhelmed? It doesn’t matter if you’re the next best unknown artist or only skilled at drawing stick men and rather creepy smiley faces. The point of getting crafty is losing yourself in making something beautiful/ or just creating something, when you’re feeling as if you can’t do anything. It’s the sense of relaxation and achievement you get when you’re working towards completing a project you’ve really enjoyed doing that matters the most. Even if you end up giving paintings and drawings to friends and family as presents, or if you just keep them to yourself, it’s most definitely something I adore doing when I feel too overcome with emotion.
- Workout / go to a gym.
I’ve recently gotten into the habit of going to the gym. If you know me really well, then you’ll know that I don’t run for anyone. Not even myself. Okay… maybe I ran to see Harry Styles that one time… that’s besides the point. However that’s the beautiful thing about going to a gym. You discover this entire world of possibilities in the fitness department. When I get frustrated, I go down the gym and spend 40 minutes on a bike. When I need to burn off negative emotions, I’ll be down the gym on a crossfit listening to angry music. When I need some time to clear my head, I will be at the gym maybe on the treadmill, maybe on a bike, but I will be there going faster than I thought my little legs could take me. It took a long time for me to finally get round to considering joining a gym, but honestly, I joined not only to help my physical health (because I’m convinced my body is breaking worse than my mind), but to also help with my mental health. I used to think that P.E teachers were talking shit when they said that doing exercise made you feel better. I used to hate running, getting sweaty, or even having my chunky yet funky bod flop around in front of other people. But now, it’s such a great help to my mental wellbeing – I literally can’t express how great going to the gym and working out can be for you. Anything’s worth a go when you feel like there’s no escape, right?
- Clean your room.
I’m such a culprit when it comes to not cleaning my room. The thing is, I know where things are and it’s controlled chaos for me. Having said that, when things get too much for me, I go into deep clean mode and clear everything. Granted, the I-must-clean-everything mood will probably fade faster than it takes me to actually get around to doing anything of importance. But when you do stick with it, you get to feel amazing about yourself. You did something your parents are always nagging you to do, even at 21, you did it (at last) yay! Whenever I clean my room or attempt to sort my woman cave out, I always have to show my mum. To have that validation that you’ve done something productive when you feel fairly destructive and numb, that’s a great feeling to have and you can keep a hold of that feeling every time you go into your room and see that you’ve tidied up one of your main living spaces. A cluttered room = cluttered mind.
- Bake some delicious goods.
Unless you live an isolated lifestyle, I can almost guarantee that you will have a group of people who will be more than happy to taste some home-baked goods for you. You can put as much love and passion into your baking. Even if you bake 1 cake, or 100 cupcakes, by turning your sadness into something delicious, you’re spreading joy to other people. It may sound cheesy, but think of how great it feels when you’re having a rather rubbish day and someone offers you something sweet and delicious. Why not change the atmosphere around you by bringing other people happiness with some cake? You may even have to treat yourself to a cheeky slice. I mean, it’s only fair, right?
- Phone someone you love.
Talking to someone you love can really brighten your mood. My brother and mother are my two go-to people to call whenever I feel down and out about life. For the past 11 years, Ethan (the brother) has given me a reason to smile. From his random stories to his love of learning. After talking to him, I feel so proud and honoured to witness him grow up to be one of the most kind, caring and genuine people in my life.
I’ll forever call my mum my best friend, so it should come as no surprise that she’s right at the top of the list of people to call when I need a boost. My mum and I have been through tough times, fantastic times, sad times, hilarious times. We’ve been through everything you can possibly imagine together. We’ve not always been best friends, but we’ve grown so much closer the older I get. My mum understands the way my brain works and how to make my day that much better and meaningful. She’s pretty rad.
Phoning someone you love can most definitely remind you of how loved you are and just how needed you are in this world.
- Put on loud music and dance like a loon.
If going to the gym isn’t your thing and you need to blow off some steam, why not pop your favourite band or artist on Spotify and dance like you’ve gone utterly insane. I do this with Crowley (usually listening to Shake It Off – Taylor Swift) and he even joins in! Though he probably thinks it’s a really bizarre game that humans and dogs can play together. If you’re like me and would like to make a fool out of yourself with friends or family, have a dance party with them! I can almost guarantee you’ll be breathless, sweaty and laughing like there’s no tomorrow.
- Take a walk.
You don’t have to go far to take a walk. Just take a few minutes to be by yourself, outside, doing some light exercise to clear your mind. I do this all the time and it feels amazing when I come back home and can finally think clearly. Spending some time away from your usual surrounding e.g your bedroom, living room etc can be so beneficial for your mental health.
- Have a nap.
If all else fails, take a nap! Chances are if you’re feeling blue, you’ll have lost some sleep due to stress, sadness or just because you’re generally not feeling like yourself. Allow time for your mind and body to catch up with each other and rest for a while. This will really benefit you in the long run. Plus, who doesn’t love a good nap?!
- Go somewhere you’ve never been before.
If you wander past a coffee shop every single day on your way to college/uni/work that you’ve always been curious about, why not go in and check it out? You can review it for your blog or just review it in your mind. Coffee shops are usually the best places to just sit back, relax and people watch. And of course enjoy a good old-fashioned brew. You can go anywhere that’s always grabbed your attention, but you’ve never actually been to before. Why not, right?
There you have it. Just a few of the things you can try when you’re feeling down and blue about life. Do you have any suggestions for things to do when you’re feeling blue? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment down below and maybe I’ll feature it in a similar post next time. Anyway, thank you for your continued support. It means a lot to me. And as always, have an awfully big adventure for me.