How to cheer yourself up.

Feeling down? Use these tips to cheer up – read a good book, bubble bath, wine, dance to a song, call a good friend, grab a journal and write it all down, look at everything amazing you’ve done, put on some makeup or remove it all, go exercise or eat all the chocolate.

Whether we want to admit it or not, sometimes life can be a real bitch. It might be that you’re going through a really tough breakup or maybe your favourite pair of Lululemon tights has gone wandering, but whatever it is it’s bloody annoying. It puts you in a crappy mood, and you feel down, angry or perhaps annoyed all day.

It can be way too easy to fall into a negative headspace and stay there constantly, but life is far too short to be in a bad mood all the time. Sure, life can suck and circumstances can play a part in a crappy time, but it’s all about your mindset and what you choose to do in times of despair.

 So if you’re ever feeling down, here are my favourite ways to cheer myself up. Some might seem ridiculous but this is a fail-safe guide to cheer your frown upside down!

 1.    Read a good book

When was the last time you picked up a book (Ipads & Kindles don’t count!) and had a good read? A few hours where you’ve really allowed yourself to become immersed, without any distraction? For many of us, it’s been years. Reading actual books can be pushed right down the priority list, thanks to the option of constantly refreshing social media and reading everything online. Reading is magical for the soul, and let’s you escape your reality for a few hours. The stories inspire, motivate and intrigue, so next time you’re feeling down – grab a book and curl up on the lounge. Your mind will thank you!

2.    Have a bubble bath

If you’re a bath lover (as most of us are) there is NOTHING more satisfying than a steamy bubble bath. Treat yourself and light a few candles, grab a glass of wine and apply a face masque to really relax and forget your woes. And remember – there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking the time out to sit and soak and do nothing in the bath for a couple of hours.

3.    Call a friend

According to psychologist Tal Rabinovitz,  when you’re stressed you should turn to a friend. “Talking to a good friend can be a great way to get a reality check on any helpful thinking that is keeping you trapped." Your friends will keep you grounded, are realistic and won't judge you. 

4.    Get dolled up

It doesn’t matter if you’re going to the supermarket, staying at home or hitting the town. Whatever you do, get yourself dolled up! I always instantly feel better when I do fun eye shadow or wear a bright lipstick, and they can be an instant mood booster.

5.    Go exercise

You know when you finish an EPIC workout, and you’re all sweaty and smiley and feel super good about yourself? That’s because when we exercise, our feel-good endorphins are released, and we’re instantly in a better mood. No matter what the time, as Nike says – JUST DO IT!

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6.    Eat your weight in chocolate

Alternatively, chocolate also releases endorphins, means you don’t have to leave the lounge aaaaaand it’s delicious. Don't worry, no one is judging! PLUS chocolate is great to share with friends, so you're really hitting the nail on the head with this one.

7. Hang out with an animal (it definitely can be cows!)

Last but definitely not least, go chill out with an animal. Doesn't matter if it's yours, your neighbours or you're casually patting a dog whilst at coffee (me - EVERY day) - it will make a difference. There's something really magical about animals and their ability to instantly put a smile on our faces. When you're crying, they'll lick up your tears. When you're having an anxiety attack, they'll cuddle up to you and remind you that everything is okay. When you're just having a crap day? They're there for you. They won't judge, speak back or give you an opinion... but what they will give is eternal love which is waaaay better than anything else.

Thanks for having a read, and remember – you are fricken phenomenal! Make sure your follow me on Instagram @eatwithelle to read more x