We all need a mood-booster from time to time. It’s easier to feel down during the darker months in the year, especially if you suffer with seasonal affective disorder or feel out-of-sync every so often. I know it happens to me, especially when I’m on the edge of a burnout and feel like I need to take a break from the routines of life. I like to keep a list of little things that will lift my mood because sometimes the overlooked things in life are the things we should value the most. It doesn’t take the most expensive or the most luxurious experiences or items to create happiness, it’s usually the moments we experience and the products we use on a daily basis that may seem simple most of the time but are invaluable.
Music can totally transform your mood. That’s what makes music, and the people who make it so special. There are so many talented individuals out there who can throw together a bunch of notes and make a room of people feel exactly what they’re feeling. I depend on music to get through the day. I wake up and get ready with a playlist, go to work with a playlist, work while listening to a playlist and end up finding another playlist to listen to as the day winds down.
Spotify is pretty much the only app I use for music, podcasts and playlists. Making playlists makes me happy but listening to them, especially the happier ones, can totally transform my mood. If I’m feeling down, I throw on a feel-good selection of songs and before the first one is over I’m singing along.
Working out isn’t my favourite thing in the world. Being totally and completely honest I find it exhausting and I’d rather eat a tub of ice cream while I watch trashy reality TV and scroll through Instagram. But, I know how beneficial working out is for me, especially for my anxiety so it’s something I occasionally have to force myself to do.
The thing with exercise is that it looks harder than it is, and the hardest thing to do is just to get started. Sure, it would be easier to curl up in bed and watch sad films, or it seems logical to stay in PJs all day feeling unproductive – but the best thing to do is just begin. Having comfy workout clothing helps, as well as some motivation from Pinterest or YouTube to help you to keep going.
One of the things I have started to value a lot more is the little chats I have with my mum and sister. It doesn’t even have to be a two-way conversation, just listening to my mum talk about her day and all the things that irritated her (there’s always a long list), makes me feel better. My sister and I have exactly the same sense of humour so it’s really easier to start laughing as soon as we’re talking.
Talking to the people we love helps us to value them even more. One of the best ways to deal with a down day is to talk about it with someone. It doesn’t always have to be a therapist, it could be your pet cat and still count. Sometimes I’m not even in the mood to talk, I just push myself to find a family member and they’ll carry the conversation for me.
I LOVE FOOD. I’m a total foodie, and I love to try new things. Bearing that in mind, there are also a couple of snacks out there that always make me feel better. They’re pretty unhealthy so I don’t go for them every time, but for a real booster you need to treat yourself!
A white chocolate chip cookie.
Chip shop chips with lots of salt.
Anything with sweet potato.
My mum’s plantain.
Oreo cookie pancakes (here’s the recipe).
New York cheesecake.
Pasta in any shape or form.
Pizza. Always and forever.
Books are a love in my life that I’m never letting go. My goal in life is to have a bookshelf as awesome as Jess’ full of my favourites. Finding a good book isn’t always easy, so if I can’t find something on Goodreads, I usually pull out a book I’ve read before and enjoyed so much I’d want to read it again. A happy ending always makes me smile, and even more so when it’s in a book.
However, not everyone wants to read books all the time, so films and TV shows are the next best thing for finding a sweet story. Classics like Ace Ventura, Bridesmaids and Clueless are guaranteed to make me feel better. I could watch Friends over and over again without getting bored, and the same goes for Gilmore Girls, Fresh Prince and Brooklyn Nine-Nine!
Those are a couple of things that cheer me up when my mood gets a little low. They’re boosters than are inexpensive, easy to access and simple to do. What’s your go-to when it comes to lifting your mood?