Occasionally we all have bad days that can be hard to shake off. Here are some of my top tips on picking yourself up, brightening your day and changing your perspective:
1. Three Good Things: I keep a notebook on my bedside table and at the end of the day I write down three good things that have happened that day. It can be something exciting like flying to Barcelona for the first time, or it can be something less grand but still beautiful in its own way, such as trying out a new recipe and seeing other people enjoy it. This really helps me to count my blessings daily.
On a bad day you can reach for this book and read through it reflecting on all of the beautiful moments in life that you treasure. It will also remind you of the things in life that make you particularly happy, and perhaps inspire your activities for the day.
2. Yoga and Walking: It might be the last thing that you feel like doing but hauling yourself up and out of the door for some fresh air works wonders. I set myself a daily challenge of doing 10,000 steps per day. It’s pretty geeky but I love to check my steps on my app and see if I am close to my goal. If you are at work then go for a brisk walk on your lunch break or get off the bus home a few stops early and walk part way. As my Grandma used to say, a bit of fresh air really clears the cobwebs away. You could try my Ideas For A Sunny Day Out post.
Yoga is a magical mood booster for me too. Concentrating on your breath, clearing your mind and stretching out any worries is heavenly. I love going to a studio where you leave your external thoughts at the door and enter into a peaceful atmosphere. But, if you can’t get to a class, then there are lots of wonderful resources online. Vinyasa is my favourite, a style of yoga in which your movements flow with your breath and the poses run together like a dance.
3. Friends and Laughter: A full belly LOL can cure all woes, even if just momentarily. I randomly came across Trailer Park Boys on Netflix, the first few episodes had me absolutely splitting my sides (admittedly it gets a bit repetitive after the first few, but by then it’s done the trick). Also a call, Skype or visit with a bezzie is bound to put a smile on your face again.4. Food and Water: Give your body all of the support and energy it needs with some nourishing food and plenty of water. Reading Cameron Diaz’s book The Body Book some time ago now inspired me to really take an interest in healthy living. You really are what you eat, and your mood can be dramatically effected by how well nourished you are. As Cameron says “eating for nutrition is not about taking from yourself. It’s about giving to yourself. In the short and long run, it is more fun to love your food when it loves you back.” Try making my Blueberry and Almond Smoothie Recipe.
5. Pamper: Run a bubble bath, light some candles, play uplifting music and apply a face mask or whatever lotion/potion you fancy. Try my sister’s West Indian Bay Bath Oil Recipe Sometimes a good old pamper is the best way to relax and unwind.
I’d love to hear your tips on staying positive and beating a bad day, please let me know your ideas in the comments below.
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Photo Credit: With special thanks to the talented Berliner Post for taking these photographs