We all have super down days – days when we cba to get out of bed, ready meals aren’t even poured onto a plate and there is no WAY this hair is getting washed. And while it’s great to take some time out from work/normal life, it’s also easy to get pulled into a downward spiral of feeling miserable 24/7. I try and do one or all of these things when I’m feeling fed up, and usually at least one will help somehow.
I promise I’ll stop banging on about exercise soon (I don’t even like it that much!) butttt it can make you feel so much better, especially if you’re sat around the house feeling low. Go for a ten minute walk, run round your local park, or shove a HIIT workout on YouTube and do it in your bedroom. I have no doubt you’ll feel better afterwards, and we all want to feel better when we’re feeling poo, so give it a go!
2. Ring your mum
Obvs you can replace ‘mum’ with dad/best friend/boyfriend etc… But I’m always ringing up my mum when I’m fed up and 9 times out of 10 she’ll make me feel way better (the other 1 time she’ll tell me to stop being stupid – ‘mummmmm I’m super stressed cause I’ve got nothing to wear for this dinner tonight’ – lol, ya get me).
3. Take some time offline
Have you thought about why you’re feeling fed up? Are you looking at skinny girls on instagram? Jel of other bloggers because they’re getting more ‘exciting emails’ than you? (read this by Vix Meldrew for perspective!) Or panicking because that fit guy you matched on Tinder has blue ticked you and not replied (how DARE he)? Make a cup of tea, run a bath, and leave your phone in your bedroom. You’ll be surprised how relaxed you feel when you haven’t got the pressure of posting another instagram, or refreshing your inbox.
4. Do something you enjoy
If I’m ever feeling down, WITHOUT FAIL the one thing that will cheer me up is Friends. I can’t watch it and feel fed up, I just can’t. As you probably know by now, my other one true love is gardening. God knows whether it’s a maternal instinct telling me to grow little plants in seed trays, but I just bloody love it. Whether it’s buying a new plant baby, caring for my current babies, or just taking some time outside to observe the world around me (cliché, but true) I’ll always feel better when I’ve done something positive and planty (not a word).
5. Cuddle your ‘Happy Sloth’ (lol)
So here’s the embarrassing one… I have a sloth cushion and he’s called the ‘Happy Sloth’. He is permanently smiling and so every day I strive to be like him (yes, that’s right, I strive to be like a shaggy, grey, stuffed toy). But in all seriousness, it’s almost turned into some weird psychological association thing, where every time I hold the ‘Happy Sloth’ I know I have to be happy. Ridiculous, isn’t it? If I get upset, my boyfriend will pass me the ‘Happy Sloth’ because he knows it’ll force me to cheer up which is SO stupid that I laugh – whoa, bam, I’m happy again. I know MH is not that simple, of course I know that. But if you can adopt some form of ‘Happy Sloth’ into your life, it can’t not help!