It often feels like we’re constantly spinning plates or juggling so many different things. From work, to family, commitments to a social life, it’s not wonder that sometimes we feel totally burnt out. There are just days of the week where I feel really low, and although there isn’t anything specific to have triggered the way I’m feeling, it can be a difficult mindset to shake once its set in. Feeling a little down from time to time is perfectly normal, and the more we talk about our feelings, the less taboo things like mental health actually become.
However, if you’ve noticed that most of your days are filled with sadness or you just can’t shake the feeling of being under a “black cloud”, then you should reach out and speak to someone. A friend, colleague, your partner, a parent or even your GP. You don’t need to suffer in silence.
In the meantime here are 5 ways you can cheer yourself up
Catch up with celebs
From the Oscars, to the Brits, to the upcoming Met Gala (click here for the Met Gala 2019 date), sometimes watching these glitzy and glamourous stars live their (often complicated) lives and seeing what they’re getting up to is a welcome distraction. So read a trashy magazine or check out your favourite celebs social media and see what they’re up to on their Insta Stories.
Treat yourself to a new notebook and a set of pens and start writing. Writing is a great way to release stress and can even help you pinpoint what it is that’s making you feel a little down. You don’t have to write about your feelings though, you could write about your hopes and dreams, or make a list of all the things you’re grateful for in life.
Or you could have a go at writing some poetry or short stories.
Go for a walk
We’re all probably guilty of spending too much time indoors, so why not shake things up a bit and give yourself a much needed taste of fresh air. Head to the park, or just walk around your local area and enjoy what nature has to offer. The walk will get your blood pumping, and the fresh air will certainly help to clear your mind. If you’re feeling stressed, a brisk walk can also help to lower your blood pressure.
Eat your favourite thing
Sure you only have a cream cake once in a while, or when they’re reduced in price. But if you’re feeling a little out of sorts then that’s the perfect reason to have one right now! When we eat our favourite foods we feel happy – it’s that simple!
Listen to an audio book or try a podcast
If you’re bored of listening to your own thoughts, then a good audiobook can be a welcome distraction. Whether you’re in the car, cleaning at home, or just sat with nothing to do. Listening to a good story or interesting topic is a welcome distraction!