[AD- This is a collaborative post]
Feeling a little sad? Try these little pick me ups to brighten your day. We all feel a little down sometimes. And you know what? It’s perfectly fine and normal. Feeling out of sorts because you’ve had a bad day or week at work, you’re not feeling 100% physically, or perhaps there’s just no particular reason for it, is absolutely normal. Sometimes talking with a friend or a loved one can help, or just spending a little time by yourself. So, with that in mind, we’ve come up with 5 little pick me ups you can try when you’re feeling sad.
Remember, if you’re worried there might be something more to your “sad” feelings. Or they’re happening too often and you’re unsure why, then don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. You can talk to friends or family or speak to your GP about how you’re feeling, and they’ll be able to help. Don’t suffer in silence. Remember, there are people who want to help you.
For now, let’s get back to the list.
Whether it’s the best mascara on the market or a really indulgent treat from your favourite bakery, calories don’t count when you’re looking for a pick me up. So treat yourself! We all try to restrict ourselves too often, and often work too hard for what feels like very little reward which is so mentally exhausting. So, as long as your treats don’t harm you, others or your finances, then go for it. It’ll lift your mood.
Put on something that makes you feel good
We all have our favourite outfit, whether it’s a particular item of clothing, a special accessory or a whole ensemble. If you have something that makes you feel like a million dollars then go and put it on! You don’t even have to leave the house if you don’t need to! There are no rules that say you can’t wear your favourite dress to vacuum in.
Read a good book
I don’t know a single adult who doesn’t wish they had more time to read. So, why not take the time to pick up that novel you’ve been wanting to start or complete. There’s nothing better than being sucked into another world or story and forgetting about your own for a little while. When you put the book down, you’ll feel better.
Screens, artificial lighting, central heating, enclosed spaces, technology: Modern life is streamlined and certainly fast paced. But it can contribute to feelings of isolation and triviality, so – why not head out and rediscover nature? A long walk through the park, or a national forest, spend time at the lake or by the beach. Take a picnic, a good book, a friend or a four legged one. Spending time in nature lowers your blood pressure and reduces your stress levels. So try and make a habit of spending more time outdoors every day.
Take a nap
Settling down for a nap, can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever the day can throw at you. It’s a good way to catch up on the sleep you’ve been missing out on.