Thursday, 15 January 2015

10 things to do when you're feeling down
The January Blues. Almost everyone gets them. It's cold, wet, windy, the Christmas festivities are over, we're back to work... No wonder it's so easy to start feeling a bit down in the dumps. But don't worry, you can get yourself back up again! Here's my list of simple ways to help you beat the blues and put that smile back on your face!

1. Pinterest

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Pinterest, but with good reason! A session on Pinterest helps me relax and take my mind off the things that are bringing me down. Reading some inspirational quotes is particularly good therapy for getting my head back into gear and reminding myself to think positively - it may be cliche but it really does work! Even better if you save the pictures onto your phone to quickly look at whenever you need that push of motivation!
2. Take a walk

Sometimes when you're feeling down the last place you want to be is surrounded by people in a busy crowded place, but curling up at home by yourself isn't exactly going help take your mind off things either. I find going for walks on my own is the best way to clear my head and help me relax whenever I'm feeling a bit down. Get away from the crowds and get back to nature and I guarantee you feel much better!
3.Write something down

Diaries are good for when you need to have a rant and write down all your thoughts, but I actually find it more productive to write down something positive. Most of my posts about feeling positive, including this one, are written when I'm feeling a bit down. By thinking of ways to stay positive and writing down something motivational, you focus on the good rather than those negative feelings. Because after all, it's much nicer to read back on something happy than all those sad feelings you were having.
4. Get moving

Yes, it's tempting to stay in bed or curl up on the sofa. But will that really make you feel any better? It's simple, exercise = endorphins. Endorphins = happy feelings. So get outside and get moving!
5. Have a chat

When I'm feeling down there's always one person I know will help me feel better: my mum. Whether it's for advice and reassurance or just to hear a comforting voice, talking about your worries to family or friends helps get those bad feelings off your chest.
6. Watch a feel good film

Whether it's a romantic film, a comedy, a chick flick, whatever, watching films transports you to another world and ultimately takes your mind off your worries. So grab the popcorn, curl up on the sofa, and indulge in your favourite feel good film!

7. Watch some baby animal videos

Admit it, I'm not the only one who watches video after video of puppies and kittens on Youtube when I'm feeling sad! How can you not get a smile on your face while you watch those little fluffy bundles of joy? See example here.

8. Have a cuppa

Sometimes when you're feeling sad all you need is a nice, warm, comforting cup of tea to help you feel better.
9. Eat some chocolate

Not only does it taste delicious, but it's said to actually release chemicals into your brain similar to those you feel when you're in love! So grab that bar of Galaxy and indulge!
10. Tidy up

This might be the last thing you want to do, but as the saying goes, a tidy room equals a tidy mind! Having a good old clean can help you work away that stress, while the end results will make you feel a lot calmer than being around all that clutter from before.
The most important thing to remember though is that these blues won't last forever. While you may feel like the world is against you at the moment, things will get better with time. So just look after yourself, try to stay positive, and you'll soon be smiling again!

Love, Beth xxx

(Disclaimer: images taken from my Pinterest account, I claim no ownership)

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