I love sharing ways that we can all be a little bit more intentional and positive with our lives on my blog, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing 10 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Down. Sometimes, when you’re feeling a bit blue, you can have trouble thinking of something to do to make yourself feel better. I’m here to help. So if you read the first 10 things to do and they didn’t inspire you, I’m back today with 10 more things you can do to cheer yourself up. You lucky things!
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1. LISTEN TO MUSIC
I never talk about it enough but I LOVE music. If music didn’t exist, there would be an empty hole in my life and soul. And whether you are gifted (not me), or not (me) with a beautiful singing voice, sometimes we all need a sing song. I sing in my room, in the shower, when I’m working, and more often than not I pretend I’m singing to a very large audience who is just in awe of me. Lol.
But another reason I love music is because of my faith. When I first became interested in finding out more about God, some of my friends gave me CDs to listen to. Christian music is awesome and so uplifting. And when it’s live, it’s just incredible. I am so lucky that God made the man I’m marrying the worship deacon of our church. He’s good to me. Listening to mucic absolutely cheers me up when I’m feeling down.
Check out my worship playlist on Spotify:
2. TAKE A BREAK AND UNPLUG
I know what it’s like to get stuck into the same old routine. Don’t get me wrong, routines are great because they create order and allow us to get our lives more organised, but it’s important to break the habit once in a while. If you, like me, spend a vast amount of time online, unplug. Spend some time doing any of the other things I’ve suggested because you need to relax and refresh your mind. Social media is great but there can be a lot of negativity circling around online. Take yourself away from it for just a moment. We get tired and taking a break means that we can build ourselves back up to full strength.
3. GO FOR A WALK
Yes. I’m a big supporter of this one. Did you know that nature helps fight depression? Studies show that if you are feeling down you are more likely to feel better and happier in yourself if you’re spending time in the beautiful outdoors. I don’t go on enough walks but this year I have made it my mission by setting the goal of hiking ten times throughout the year. Time to get some walking boots!
4. MAKE AN EFFORT
Sometimes what you need is to just get dressed, do your hair and put some make up on. I always feel ready to tackle the day once I’ve actually gotten out of my pjs (although I have had some very productive days in my pjs) and ready for the day. Who cares if you’re not going anywhere, if you feel like you are going to champion the day more with a made up face and your best clothes on, then go for it. Do what makes you feel good.
5. WRITE A TO DO LIST
Similar to the brain dump I mentioned in my first post, sometimes you need to clear your head and write down everything. I tend to write down absolutely everything I need to get done, even silly things that bug me like making sure all my socks are paired up if I know I’ve just shoved them in the drawer, or cleaning all of my make up because my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer exploded everywhere again. If you don’t get down those little things, even if you have no intention of doing them right now, they will haunt you. Clear your head. I write a to-do list almost every single day and even if I don’t achieve everything on it, at least I’ve got a clear vision of what I need to do next.
6. HAVE A DRINK
No, I don’t mean drown your sorrows in vodka. By all means, if that’s your thing… If you’re feeling down, fetch yourself your favourite drink. Whether that’s from home, Starbucks, or a bar. Right now, my go-to drink is a refreshing lemonade and lime, and I’m quite partial to a cider or a glass of wine but do not underestimate the power of a cup of (fruit) tea or a coffee to give you a little lift.
7. EAT SOMETHING HEALTHY
I know we shouldn’t link our feelings with food, and my sister has told me many times that I have a condition because I am so obsessed with it, (she studies psychology), but I personally feel so much better after having something to eat. Eating a piece of fruit or cheeky avocado on toast satisfies my hunger and makes me feel good. Not to mention, Joel and I bought my sister a Nutri Bullet for her birthday and I am all about those smoothies.
8. EAT SOMETHING UNHEALTHY
Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, you really do need a slice of cake (or two) to cheer you up. Or a McDonald’s. Or a whole Chocolate Orange. Indulge yourself. Go on.
9. SAY ‘WILLY’
Ok, so this one is extremely immature but was brought to the table by one of my good friends. He said that when he’s in a bad mood, he says ‘willy’ out loud to himself and it automatically gets him out of a grump. I agree because in no sense can you ever say this word seriously, and every time I’m feeling down I say it, and I feel better. Try it.
10. HAVE A BATH
This one speaks for itself and with the vast amount of bath products out there, you are sure to feel better after a bath with your favourite bubble bath or bath bomb. When I wrote my self-care checklist for this month, I put ‘have a Lush bath’ on there because self-care is about a little self-indulgence. Lush bath bombs are a luxury for me and I keep my bath bombs for special occasions. Baths help me feel relaxed and refreshed.
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And there you have it. I hope that these two posts have been helpful and that you have some ideas of things you can do the next time you feel down. I have loved writing them! Tell me, what do you do when you need a pick me up?