What do you do to feel better when you’re having a bad day?
Luckily there are lots of ways to cheer myself up if I'm having a bad day.
1) Hug my husband and cat-this always make me feel better. Actually, it's proven that hugging can reduce stress and anxiety as it causes you to release the hormone oxytocin, which gives you a physical boost.
2) Get some fresh air-sunshine and a nice breeze can make me feel better and less stressed. I like to get out and have a quiet walk through some trees to clear my head.
3) Eat something naughty-okay, so this might have a few negative effects long term (weight gain, guilt, associating food with comfort etc.) but sometimes I just need a quick fix. I've found that I am a lot crankier when I haven't eaten for a while, and sometimes when I stop to have a nice snack I feel instantly better and wonder what I was groaning about. My comfort food of choice is chocolate and if I eat the dark kind I feel less guilty as it contains antioxidants and flavonoids which may help to lower blood pressure and balance certain hormones in the body. Plus it tastes amazing!
4) Read a good book-I often read to cheer myself up after a long and tiring day. Either I'm transported to an amazing fantasy world (pure escapism) or a dystopian world that makes me feel grateful for what I've got-"It could be worse-I could be in the Hunger Games!"
5) Watch an uplifting DVD-when I'm down I put on happy, feel-good DVDs like Disney movies or musicals. My favourites are Singin' In the Rain and The Sound of Music, which both never fail to make me smile. Forest Gump is also a good bet or a comedy DVD.
6) Play my 'Cheer Up' playlist
7) Visit Pinterest-there are so many inspiring and uplifting quotes on there, as well as cute pictures of cats! Guaranteed to put me in a good mood.
8) Pamper myself-I like to have a nice hot bath or shower and go through my whole pampering ritual-body scrub, scented body wash, hair mask, face mask, body lotion/oil, nail polish, etc. Having a little 'me' time to take care of myself makes me feel a little more human.
9) Call my mum-you're never too old to need your mum when you're feeling down. If there's something on my mind I like to call her for a chat and she listens to my moaning and groaning without judging and always makes me feel better about things.
10) Smile-I read somewhere that smiling makes you feel better and I think it's probably true. Sometimes when I've had a bad day I'll pull a silly face in front of the mirror and then laugh at myself.