Thursday, 9 April 2015

What To Do When You're Feeling A Bit Meh

After the long bank holiday weekend, I'm definitely feeling a bit... meh. That's the only way I can describe it. Not unhappy, upset or anything too extreme - just meh.  Mainly because it's actually sunny for once and I'm spending my days sat in a stuffy office *sob*. So I thought I'd compile a little list of things I do to help perk me up when I'm moping around feeling sorry for myself...

1) Watch a series on Netflix
Okay so I'm officially OBSESSED with Pretty Little Liars. I've even managed to get my boyfriend into it. I've already finished season 3 and I only started it about 2 weeks ago (no shame.) What I love about watching a really good series is that you can just escape from any worries or stresses from normal life and get sucked into the drama, scandal and mystery of somebody else's (make believe) life. Just try not to get too addicted, like me, who spends every waking minute trying to come up with conspiracy theories about the annoyingly elusive 'A'.

2) Put the phone down
I'm so guilty of wasting hours flicking through Instagram and Twitter, on my phone, for no apparent reason and then think "where did the time go!?" I also think sites like Instagram often end up putting me in a worse mood. Seeing a photo of Kylie or Kendall looking super toned, chilling on a beach in LA, whilst I'm sat in my pyjamas devouring an easter egg definitely doesn't do my self esteem any good. Putting your phone away for a couple of hours can be really refreshing and it's something I need to do more often.

3) Read a book or magazine
Again, like watching a TV series, I find escaping into a book can be a great way to shut off from your surroundings. I can finish a book in one sitting if it's really good and, after reading it, always feel in a better mood than when I begun. If I'm not feeling like doing a lot of reading then a magazine works just as well. I absolutely love kicking back with a cuppa and the latest copy of Glamour.

4) Go for a walk
Now that the sun has finally decided to show up, there's no excuse for me not going for a walk more regularly. It's a chance to get some fresh air, soak up the sun (if there is any) and clear your head. I always feel more energized and positive after going for a walk - even if it's just for half an hour. And, even if it's not many, it burns more calories than sat on my bum watching TV.

5) Exercise
Obviously walking is exercise too but I'm talking about actually make yourself sweat here rather than just going for a leisurely stroll. I have become TERRIBLE recently at exercise. I told myself I would try and do some form of cardio at least 3 times a week, in 2015, and I've failed miserably. As hard as it can be to actually muster up the energy to go to the gym, head out for a run or - in my case - step on the cross trainer which is in my flat (I know, I have NO excuses), once I've actually completed some form of exercise, I always feel better about myself. Going on the cross trainer for half an hour whilst blasting out some tunes leaves me feeling tired, sweaty and in desperate need of a shower but it also makes me feel energized, motivated and healthier. I've never exercised and wished I hadn't so I really don't know why I don't make more time for it!

6) Make some plans
Yeah, yeah 'live for the now' and all that but, let's face it, if it's a Monday morning and you don't have a free day until Saturday it's hard to come up with something to do right there and then. So make some plans for the weekend and give yourself something to look forward to throughout the working week. Whether it's a trip to the seaside, going to your favourite restaurant or catching up with some old friends, it;s always a good feeling having something to count down to.

7) Eat something tasty (even if it is 1000's of cals)
I try not to indulge too much during the week as my Domino's obsession is spiralling out of control on weekends, but if I've had a seriously crap day and just need cheering up, then cooking something a little indulgent, or having my fave chocolate bar (hello, Malteser bar) will definitely help put a smile on my face. If you can't be arsed cooking then order something in or go out! I'm sometimes of guilty of having that stupid mentality of 'the day can't get any better' but it really can. Just because up until 5pm has been a complete write-off, doesn't mean the rest of the evening has to follow in the same way and sitting on the sofa sobbing over a lukewarm microwave meal isn't going to help anybody.

8) Reminisce over old photos
I randomly stumbled across some old photos the other day whilst having a spring clean and it immediately made me feel all warm and nostalgic. I often forget about certain events and points in my life but looking at an image of it can suddenly bring the happy memories flooding back and really transform my mood. It also sort of reminds you how quickly time goes and that, no matter how shit today is, it can get better.

9) Clean!
Okay so cleaning is sometimes the last thing on my mind when I'm being a bit of a moody judy but seeing my flat cluttered with crap usually makes my mood ten times worse so sorting it out can make me feel loads better. 'Tidy house, tidy mind' is one mantra I really believe in and, like with exercise, you're never going to regret cleaning - it's just getting in the mindset to actually be arsed doing it in the first place.

10) Make a list
Often when I'm feeling a bit down I become lazy and then feel worse when things start to pile on top of me. I love feeling organized and like I've got shit done and making lists is the perfect place to start. Whether it's writing down what food you need to buy, jotting down upcoming meetings/appointments or just a general sorting your life out list, it's bound to make you feel a little more productive.

What do you do when you're feeling a bit 'meh'? 

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