We all have those times in our life when we’re feeling a little low. A bad work week has stretched into three. Or we’ve had a silly argument with a significant other. Whatever it is, we’re in a bit of a rut, and it’s difficult to climb out of it.
We’re not talking about depression here. That is something more serious that would require a more thorough solution. We’re just talking about low mood or ‘the blues’ that we experience from time to time. If you’re feeling a bit blah, try some of our quick fixes.
A Little Bit Of What You Fancy
We’re not advocating eating as a way of improving your mood and fixing problems. Well, we are but just a little. Sometimes a little bit of what you fancy does you good. It’s important that you recognise where to stop, of course. A treat in moderation is fine and may provide you with a quick boost.
Rather than binging, pick something that you really love. It could be a small cake from your favorite cake shop. Or it could be those popular snacks you will crave for and find hard to resist. Whatever it is, relish and enjoy it. And no guilty feelings afterwards. That negates the point.
A Makeover Or A New Do
It’s true that often when you look good, you feel good. So treating yourself to a makeover or a new hairdo can make you feel better. If you don’t want to go to extremes, consider the following instead.
- A manicure or pedicure.
- Treat yourself to a new nail varnish. Make it something a bit different to your usual color.
- A new lipstick. See above point re. color. Go for something a bit daring and unexpected.
- Search the bargain rails for a new top, dress, skirt or pants.
- Buy some new accessories to dress up your outfits.
You know the joy you feel when you receive a gift? Don’t wait for someone else to take the initiative. Treat yourself. Buy yourself some cheery flowers or a houseplant. Or pop into the local bookshop during your lunch break. If you’re a little short on cash, opt for a magazine instead. The act of being kind to yourself will boost your mood.
Treat Someone Else
Often, the act of making someone else happy makes us feel good too. If there’s someone in your life who is going through a difficult time, buy them a small gift to cheer them up. It could be as simple as a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates. Or if someone has done something kind for you, send them a thank you card.
Sit down with some fancy notepaper and colored pens. Draw a mindmap and work out where changes in your life would be beneficial. Use the different colors to get creative and spark ideas. After all, if you’re feeling low, it’s likely there’s a reason. Finding solutions to existing problems is a positive step.
The next time you’re feeling a little blue, try some of our quick fixes. If symptoms persist and you’re unable to shake that feeling, then speak to your doctor. There may be an underlying cause.