We’ve all been there. We’ve all had those days where we just really don’t feel like doing anything. Where nothing is going right, everyone is getting on our nerves, and we just want to sit in bed and watch Netflix and eat a huge bag of Sour Patch Kids, popcorn, and chocolate covered gummy bears. Okay, maybe that last part is just me. But I know you all have had at least ONE day like I described. It just seems like there’s nothing we can do to combat the stress or the unhappiness we are currently feeling. But guess what, that’s not true! So don’t let your inner self let you think that way. You CAN do something about it. Even if it’s just something small like taking a walk outside for five minutes or closing your eyes and just breathing. There’s something we can all do to help make our day a little better, and maybe even make someone else’s day a little better, too!
Not sure what you can do? Say no more. I have a list of twelve whole things for ya. Because, like I’ve said before, I like doing all the work for you so you just have to do what I say. Sometimes telling people what to do is fun. Like when I’m trying to help ya out or help you help someone else have a better day.
- Give someone a compliment. LITERALLY, this can make a person’s ENTIRE day. I’m not kidding. The other day the maintenance guy in our building told me I was looking really good and like I had lost weight. I’ve been working really hard recently on this, so it felt really good that someone else noticed and gave me that compliment. So, if you like that girls nails, or her shoes, or that guy’s hat, or whatever, tell them. I guarantee it’ll put a huge smile on their face.
- Stop and appreciate what you have. This goes without saying, but too often we take so much for granted. So, instead of complaining about what you don’t have, be thankful for what you DO have.
- Take in some sunlight. Go outside for five minutes. Just five. Or more, you do you. But, just stand there and let the sunlight hit you. It’s incredible what some of those rays can do for ya!
- Listen to your favorite song. Listen to it once. Or twice. Or, if you’re like me, listen to it on repeat every day for a week until you hate it. But listening to something you love, whether it be a book, or a song, or a podcast, is sure to put a smile on your face.
- Read a good book. Just ten pages a night. That’s all. But just read. Put down the phone and actually read. I don’t care what it is. Just pick it up and read it, damn it.
- Make your favorite recipe. If you like to cook. If cooking stresses you out like it does me, probably don’t do this one. But if you love being in the kitchen and cooking, cook. Cook for yourself, cook for your significant other, cook for your family. I don’t care. Just cook something.
- Tell someone you love them. Just take two seconds out of your day to tell them how you feel. Trust me, they’ll appreciate it.
- Check in on someone you care about. It doesn’t have to be some huge, long conversation. But just dropping a quick text, or making a quick phone call, just to let them know you’re thinking about them, is such a nice gesture that will make you and that person feel so much better.
- Learn something new. It doesn’t have to be something major like calculus or chemistry or whatever. But just learn something. Every day. Learn one new fact about where you live, or something about someone you look up to, or how to do a new exercise.
- Take five minutes to just breath. Concentrate on nothing but the air moving in and out of your lungs. You might do this multiple times a day, but I’ve found when I’m feeling super overwhelmed that just taking a moment to stop, close my eyes, and breath helps significantly.
- Do something with your pet. Whether that’s taking a walk outside with your dog, snuggling on the couch with your cat, or whatever brings both you and your pet happiness, do it. It’s scientifically proven that pets bring us happiness and joy, so why not spend time with them?
- Tidy up space you spend a lot of time in. For me, that’s my car and at my desk. So, the other day I actually took the time to clean my car. And it feels so nice getting into a clean car and not a disgusting, dirty one. So, just take five minutes to clean up where you’re spending your time at, and it’ll really help your mood!
Okay, so I’m not expecting you to go out and do all of these every single day. But just try one or two of them when you’re feeling a little down. Or when you’re in a good mood and just want to keep that good mood going! Let me know in the comments below if you try any OR what you already do to help boost you or someone else’s mood!