(You can tell I was meant to type up this post ages ago by the fact that I used the February issue of Company magazine, queen of procrastination right here!)
We all have bad days & often need a little treat or two to cheer ourselves up again, usually I end up wasting my day in bed moping around & being miserable but I'm trying my hardest to snap out of this & do something more productive.
001: Bake cakes.
Who doesn't love cake? Well if you don't then you're crazy. In my opinion home made fairy cakes taste so much better than shop bought cake & there is nothing nicer than your house smelling of freshly baked cakes. I have to admit cake is my ultimate comfort food & it only takes 20 minutes or so to throw a batch together!
002: Read a magazine or a book.
It's not often I give myself time to read much anymore. Sometimes it's great to escape into a good book or flick through a trashy magazine to distract you from your real life worries! I'm currently reading 'The Fault in Our Stars' which is actually kinda sad, but it draws you in & I can't put it down at the mo!
003: Go for a walk.
If you can find the energy to pick yourself up then you'll be amazed at how great you feel after a walk in the fresh air. Even if it's a quick 5 minute walk to the local shops, it's better than nothing & will do you the world of good. In the past you would find me slouching around in bed, literally waiting for it to be evening so I could go back to sleep but once I forced myself to actually leave the house & see the world I already felt 100 times better. Now I have little Tilly pug I'm always out & about with her, discovering new places I didn't know existed & feeling excited to show Dom our new favourite route!
004: Plan something.
Sometimes we just need something to look forward to & if you've nothing planned the future can seem boring. Recently money hasn't been on my side & I've had to cut back on spending, which has made it really hard to make plans. Dom & I make sure we get a little treat once a week, even if it's just a bottle of wine or a chippy tea. That way I know that if I'm having a bad week I've got a little treat coming my way very soon! Of course it's even more exciting if you can make plans for something like a trip away & recently I've had a few things come along. Next weekend we are going home to see our family up North which I am looking forward to so much, it's hard being hundreds of miles away from familiar faces & knowing we get to see them all soon is the best feeling! I'm also having Abi (Kemples) to come stay in June as we are going to a blogger event in London. There will be lots of shopping, makeup chat & maybe even a couple of cocktails too!
005: Write a list.
Lists always help. Feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to do can be the worst thing & often makes me ignore whatever I need to get done until the very last minute which then sends me into a huge panic. I'm a huge list lover though & I find it really helps to break down tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks to ensure I complete everything I need to do. Being organised helps to reduce my anxiety & panic attacks & often when I'm having a bad day it's because I've been ridiculously unorganised!
Of course there are a million & one other ways to turn your day from bad to good but these are just my little quick fixes if I need to put a smile back on my face! What do you do when you need to cheer yourself up?