We all have those days, right? When just nothing seems to go right, you feel utterly useless and you feel like those clouds will never drift away.
I do… especially when I spend the whole day inside and at the end of the day I cannot recall any fun conversations during the whole day. Last week I wrote a blog post on apps that could help make your day a bit better, but when you spend your day glued to your phone, ipad and laptop (guilty, guilty and guilty) that won’t really help you out.
But when you’re done feeling sad for yourself, there are actually some really easy fixes for this very common nuisance. Here is a list of five that work for me.
1. Dress up
Whenever I feel grumpy and bad I am very tempted to stay in bed, wallow, and stay make-up-less and in my pyjamas. While it does feel cosy, you won’t feel ‘fresh’ and ready to face some new adventures. So hop in the shower or take a bath, put on some nice clothes and basically pretend like you’re going to a very fancy event. This all will give you some extra confidence and help you to face the day.
2. Clean up
I read the other day that it is easier to see someone elses mess than to notice your own. So focus a bit of attention on these mundane tasks of cleaning the mess in your room, doing the dishes or doing loundry and you will not only get a cleaner house; your head will actually clean up and you will feel happier afterwards. You’re welcome!
3. Turn up (the music)
Whenever my own thoughts cloud my day I like to put on some sing-along music. My favourites are Paul Simon or a Disney playlist. As long as it is a list of songs you know all the lyrics to it is going to be great. Singing along with songs tunes out your own thoughts and you use your breath to form sounds which will help to make your breath more regular as well. Two ways of getting happier in minutes all in one tip! Turn it op!!
4. Light up (no… it’s not what you think)
After you’ve cleaned up your room, you’ve turned up the music and you’re slightly out of breath because of the singing and the dancing and you need to calm down again: light up a candle. The flickering light of a candle can make you feel more relaxed, and if it’s a scented candle choose calming scents such as orange or minty scents. It can completely change the atmosphere of your room.
5. Write up
This is more of a long-term tip and something I’ve been doing for about two weeks now. Write down three things that have made you happy that day. I chose to take three categories and write down every night before I go to sleep what was the best thing I ate that day, with whom I had the best conversation and what was the funniest or prettiest thing I saw that day. It makes you appreciate the small things more and helps you fall asleep easier afterwards. Whenever I have a bad moment I just take a look at my little note-book and all of the things I wrote down over the past few days. It really makes me happy just to think about all of the little things that make me happy and it kind of drives out the negatives.
I hope this can help you out if you’re in a bad mood. If you have any other tips or if you’ve tried mine and they’ve helped you out, please do let me know in the comments below.