We all have days when we’re just feeling a little out of sorts. When the pressure and monotony of your 9-5 is just getting you down, or just being the best parent you can be is draining your mental and physical energy. Sometimes we can feel sad for absolutely no specific reason at all, and it might take a couple of days for us to feel like ourselves again.
Well, what if I could give you 5 ways to use to try and cheer yourself up? You could try all of them, or just one or two. Remember that feeling low from time to time happens to everyone. But if you’re struggling with your negative thoughts and your mental exhaustion is consuming your everyday life regularly then don’t worry. Reach out to someone you trust, like a friend, family member or even your GP and speak to someone. There are people out there who want to help you.
Now, back to the list
Take a break
That ironing can wait. And the world won’t implode if you put off the vacuuming for another day. Sit down and take a couple of hours off. Catch up on some great TV shows or read about the latest home and fashion trends. If the kids are at home, take advantage of their nap time – make a cup of tea and put your feet up instead of doing household chores.
Take a bath
Sometimes a quick shower is all we have time for on a morning. So, take some time on the evening when the kids are asleep or when you’ve got back from work and run yourself a lovely hot bath. Fill it with a gorgeous bath cream or Epsom salts to sooth those aching muscles. Shave your legs, exfoliate or just sit there and enjoy the quiet.
Meditation is often something we associate with religious connotations. But focusing on your breathing, being conscious of your body and finding your “Mantra” is something anyone can do – and everyone should try! If you’re unsure of where to start, check out some videos on YouTube and you’ll get the hang of it. Clearing your mind and taking part in relaxing breathing techniques can reduce stress and make you feel much better.
Stretching isn’t just something we should do after an exercise session. Stretching is also good for the mind too. Whether you’re at home, or at work there’s always time to stretch, whether you’re at your desk or in your living room. Stretching gives you a much needed mental break, it refreshes the blood flow in your body, it helps to release tension in your muscles and can increase your energy. There are two types of stretching – dynamic and static.
We all need more sleep. So if you’re feeling the effects of a lack of sleep then treat yourself to a nap. It doesn’t have to be a long nap and try to nap earlier in the day so you don’t disturb your evening’s sleep.