Thursday, 8 September 2016

10 Little Things For Down Days

Bookshelf (10 Little Pick Me Ups for Down Days)

I'm spending a lot of time on my own lately, dealing with suffocating cabin fever and battling anxiety in a frustrating vicious cycle. At times like this, it's easy to get into a bit of a rut, so I'm trying to focus on doing at least something good for the soul each day, if and when I am able.

Sure, none of these things are exactly revolutionary but this post can serve as a reminder - probably more for me - that a) it is possible to blog something even at your lowest and b) when they are possible, the little things do actually make a difference so go and shower right now.

Talking to friends and family aside, here's the things I do when I'm feeling a bit rubbish - and leaving the house isn't an option - to get myself out of my downward spiral:

ONE. showering, doing my makeup nice and putting on some nice but comfortable clothes (anything above a "under no circumstances" on the "should I wear this in public?" scale).

TWO. cooking myself something nice and nourishing and comforting. My current favs include a halloumi salad wrap, an FLT (veggie bacon tastes better in a sandwich with mayo: fact) and a toasted cashew salad.

THREE. #talkingaboutit on Twitter. Sometimes when I'm feeling down, being able to communicate via a tweet rather than having to physically find words and somehow speak them? It's the difference between a good day and a bad day. That hashtag is such a great place to be, too.

FOUR. listening to music. I have great Spotify playlists for moping to but I also have the perfect playlists for helping to pick my mood up, too. Sometimes all it takes is Drake and I'm not sorry 'bout it.

FIVE. a spring clean. Tidy flat, tidy- yeah you get it. Seriously, though, since moving into my new apartment I've noticed even more how huge an impact a clean, tidy and organised space has on my mind. Also, it's fun to take pride in your home and yes I did arrange my bookcase by colour.

SIX. creating something; baking cinnamon raisin cookies, working on a drawing, experimenting with a new makeup look, writing something I'll probably never publish.

SEVEN. reading a book (currently: Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood, after a brief hiatus). The best way to pass some time, escape my own head and feel a little bit more inspired without the gross, weighty feeling of regret and shame that comes with binging Netflix for the same length of time. Although...

EIGHT. Netflix is good. Some good, easy-watching and light-hearted shows to watch when you're low: Jane the Virgin, Love, Grace & Frankie. Also...

NINE.  Friends. The TV show, I mean. Obvious, maybe ("that is brand new information!") but don't underestimate the cheer-up power of the Friends gang on a down day. I've been re-watching every single episode from the start and my sad little brain thanks for me for it on a daily basis. Hey, UK Netflix, when are you getting Friends?

TEN. Achieve something on my necessary to do list: answer one email, make one phone call, make one decision, pay one bill. Whatever it takes to be able to say I've achieved something, anything, with my day. R&R is good for the mind, body and soul, but productivity and that feeling of accomplishment is a great way to get out of a slump.

What do you do to cheer yourself up on a bad day?

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