Last year was a shocker for me. There were plenty of days I would have loved to have stayed at home in sweats, watching sad movies and eating a huge tub of ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s Choc Chip Cookie Dough), but I was too busy to do that and quite frankly it wouldn’t have helped anything.
Over the next few months I found a number of ways to instantly cheer myself up and I wanted to share them with you, because we all have those down days but I don’t want you to be sad and wallowing at home. I hope these little instant pick-me-up’s help you, like they did me.
I know the last thing you want to do when you’re sad or stressed is to exercise but I promise it helps!
You don’t have to run for miles, even a brisk little walk will release endorphins which are natural pain and stress fighters.
Treat yourself! Go get your haircut, a facial, a manicure or a massage. Not only will they help you physically but also mentally, they can be a great source of stress relief and can distract you from you worries, even if only temporarily. Sometimes you just need to stop thinking.
When my sisters and I have gone through stressful times over the years my mum has given us each a Guatemalan worry doll. According to folklore, the doll is to worry in a persons place, allowing the person to sleep peacefully.
Others I know use crystals in their time of need.
Not everyone believes in these symbols, but to those that do believe, they can really help!
Friends are there to listen to you when you need to talk, to cheer you up when you’re sad and support you through thick and thin.
I know the thought of talking about your concerns or troubles might be draining and daunting, but it can take a huge weight off your shoulders to talk to someone and you never know, they may have some helpful advice.