Some days – you know the ones I’m talking about – when you get out of bed on the wrong side. It may not even be a day, it could be a few days or even a week. You’re just in a stressed out miserable mum funk. When I get into one of those miserable states, there are some things that can really help to turn that frown upside down. So today I’m sharing some sure fire ways to cheer yourself up!
As regular readers of my blog will know, my motto in life is fake it ’til you make it. You may not feel like smiling, but that is exactly when you need to force one onto your lips! Smiling can actually trick your brain into happiness – as well as boosting your health. Literally sitting here faking a smile while writing this and can vouch for the fact that it really does work!
Again, another one where you feel like would rather eat poo than do because you’re in such a foul mood. Once again, this is exactly when you need to do this the most! Exercise makes you release endorphins and endorphins are the out and out happy hormone.
You may not feel like jumping around and doing a heavy HIIT workout but at the very least get out and go for a walk or bust out a few yoga poses. You can check out which yoga poses are great for busy stressed out mums here and here. If you can’t carve out some time for yourself to do this then just rope the kids in with some child friendly yoga instead.
Talk to somebody…anybody!
Sometimes when you’re in a foul mood you can lock yourself in a prison of negativity. Once you pick up the phone and call your friend, or have a chat to someone in the coffee shop, it’s amazing how that bad mood can start to ebb away. Perhaps not that surprising given that humans have a deep seated need for connection.
Do something for you
Can you remember the last time you treated yourself? I recently got some beautiful new nightwear from family run Identity Lingerie and I can not tell you how good it made me feel to put it on. Usually I sleep in crusty old harem pants and some top or other that is no longer fit to be seen in public yet.
The minute I put on their lace trim pyjama set and silky dressing gown I am instantly put into a good mood! It must be to do with how sensationally silky and smooth yet comfortable they feel. So much so that I’m thinking about putting it on every single time I get into a bad mood and not just at bedtime. Mr C will probably think all his Christmases have come at once lol!
Do something for someone else
While I’m all about the self love did you also know that helping others makes us happy? Whether it’s a small unplanned act of kindness, a one off larger commitment or something regular, it is amazing just how good doing something for someone else can make you feel.
I have recently agreed to volunteer with NCS as a
Pitch Advisor/Dragon for the NCS programme. It came about because of a lady I was sitting next to at a networking event I had attended. I thought it would be wonderful way to support and inspire the youth of today so I put my name forward. I feel so happy I did…it instantly cheered me up!
Try something new
It’s so easy to get stuck in the status quo isn’t it? But did you know that trying new things has a huge amount of benefits such a the feel-food factor of overcoming the fear of trying something new, the goodness of stimulating creativity and the deliciousness of self-exploration? This year I’m starting two new things including keeping a daily journal and learning how to knit and have just received everything I need from LoveCrafts to get cracking – exciting!
So there you have it, five easy fast track ways of bringing some happy into your life. What do you cheer yourself up when you’re in a grumpy funk? Do leave a comment and share.
*I was sent the above item from I-D Lingerie as a press sample