April 15th, 2020 by
With the current state of the world being unpredictable and unlike anything we've ever experienced, it's fair to say a lot of us are feeling slightly anxious and a little unsettled. Whilst this is completely normal and totally understandable, it's not something that you want to be feeling every day - especially when you feel like you're in a bit of a slump and you want to be able to cheer yourself up and move on with your day. Most of us have also got a lot more time on our hands, so now is the perfect time to look after yourself and take some time out of your day to lift your mood and have a little pamper. Here are our top 5 tips on how to cheer yourself up if you're having a bad day...
Have a Shower, Get Dressed and Have Some Breakfast
Basically, start your day well. By waking up and showering and then getting dressed, you'll start to feel a little bit closer to 'normal'. Whilst staying in your pyjamas all day might seem tempting, doing it all the time can start to make you feel sluggish, which only adds to an already negative mood. If you're feeling like it, put on something that makes you feel good - just because you're stuck inside, it doesn't mean that you can't wear your favourite summer dress!
It's also really important to start your day with a good breakfast. Whether you like cereals, porridge, toast, fruit or everything in between - a proper breakfast will help you to feel energized and ready for the day ahead! Having breakfast is also great for those who are feeling sluggish and unproductive during this time. It can help to lift your mood and give your body everything it needs for a good day ahead.
We get it, when you're feeling down, the last thing that you want to be doing is exercising. However, exercise is known to release endorphins that help to lift our mood and make us feel a lot more positive. Don't worry too much about having a really intense workout session - even just stretching or doing some yoga (there are loads of useful videos online for beginners) will help you to feel refreshed and more positive. It's also important to stay as active as possible whilst we're not able to go outside, so whatever form of exercise you feel comfortable doing, just do that! Your body will thank you for it.
Focus on Your Hobbies
A down day isn't the time to be worrying about housework that you hate doing. Instead, leave the cleaning or the other household chores for another day and focus on the things that you love to do, but you never get the chance to do. For example, read a book you've been wanting to read, watch your favourite film, play a new game, play an instrument that you haven't played for a while - anything that you know you'll love.
Even if you just binge-watch a TV series - allow yourself this time to do what makes you happy! Doing so will not only help to improve your mood, but they can also help to take your mind off the current situation if you're struggling with anxiety surrounding the lockdown. It’s important to be kind to yourself and do anything you want to cheer yourself up and to have a better day.
Cook or Bake Something New
Whether you're an amateur or a pro in the kitchen, we can all bake or cook something - no matter how simple it may be! Baking and cooking are a great way to get your mind off of the current situation outside and just enjoy some well-needed 'me time'. You could cook a healthy meal for you and/or your family which will definitely make you feel less sluggish or down, or treat yourself to a lovely dessert that you've been wanting to try.
It's been noted that cooking and baking can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels and can significantly improve our mood when we're feeling down. It's also a great activity to do if you have children, as you can get them involved - keeping them entertained and helping them to learn a new valuable skill!
Okay, we know that the lovely spring weather automatically lifts our mood, but it's important to get comfy and cosy on a night too! Put on your cosiest clothing items, get as comfortable as possible and watch or read your favourite film or book. This will help you to unwind and give you a good night's sleep (something a lot of us are struggling with at the moment). Try and take your mind off of anything that's currently worrying you and let our mind escape for a little bit. That way, you're going to bed refreshed and with happy thoughts - perfect for achieving a night of deep sleep.
If you want to make your evening routine even cosier, why not get yourself an electric throw or blanket? The evenings and nights are still extremely chilly and there's nothing worse than being cold when you're trying to relax. Our heated throws are perfect for relaxing on the sofa as you delve deeper into your favourite book, whereas our electric blankets will keep you cosy and warm as you drift off to sleep! Our double, king and super king electric blankets even offer dual control, so that you and your partner can each control your own side of the bed. This means there's no need for arguments surrounding who gets to pick the temperature for that night - perfect for couples who have completely different temperature preferences!
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