Hello everybody! Yet another week has buzzed off in a blink of an eye. And how is it that it's November already? How was the week for you? My week was for the most part, good. But there were days when I felt a little flat. This is the one rare time my annoying headstrong character comes to good use. Choosing to live every single moment with zest no matter how rubbish I'm feeling. Foster the positive emotions I want to feel. Sometimes, that is as simple as doing the little things just a tiny bit differently. Here are 10 instant pick-me-ups that pepped me up throughout the week.
I had the chance to savour a few moments of solitude this week. Slowing down and reflecting on my current state of mind was so refreshing as I took the time to clear my mind through writing, singing and talking to loved ones.
"Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude". - Joseph Wood Krutch
Think about how rich and full life can be if we are able to see the beauty in the little things and moments in life and celebrate them just the same way we celebrate the big spectacular ones. I made a list of all the things or people I have in my life and instantly felt so good. To be happy is really as simple as being fully aware of all that we have.
Go against your feelings and flash your pearly whites. Fake it till you make it. It is proven that the slightest change in your facial muscles can elevate positive hormones and spike happiness. Try it and let the smallest decision to smile trigger a positive chain reaction that will change your reality.
Let Light In
Pull back the curtains and let Mr. Sunshine spill in. This is the first thing I do every morning. Love the warmth and loveliness that streams in with the sun. Makes the day a hundred times brighter and merrier.
Cut the technology cord and step outside. Soak up the sun. Breathe in the clean fresh air. Stop for the flowers. Pluck some freshly bloomed Jasmines and display them on your bedside table. Catch a whiff of the freshly cut grass. There's nothing more serene and uplifting than that.
Forget the stress. Take some time to wallow in some self-indulgent goodness. Put some make up on. Conceal the eye bags, add an extra flick of the eyeliner, more blush on the cheeks and some color on the lips. Feel beautiful. Feel special. Make yourself a healthy drink. Paint your nails. Take a long shower. Put on a face mask. Light a scented candle, turn on the fairy lights and some good music. The 3 hours long Disney Instrumental is my favourite. Click here.
Reconnect with Old Friends
This week, I wrote to 3 old friends. I'm telling you, if you are feeling lethargic or lonely, reconnect with an old friend for an instant spirit boost! It's almost like turning a switch on to a bunch of positive feelings such as excitement, nostalgia, forgiveness and love!
Flip through Old Photos
This is so true and could possibly be my favourite thing to do. Flipping through pictures of my childhood, teenage years and photos from my favourite holiday never fail to remind me of the most magical times in my life and churns out the best feelings. My childhood pictures bring back the crazy times I spent at my grandmothers house with my 9 other cousins chasing geese and making campfires out of old newspapers. The games my mum and dad will play with us before bed. My teenage photos remind me of the girl friends I had back then. The sleepovers we had. Dancing the night away. Talking and giggling under the duvets. The concerts we went to. The boys we fancied. Those were good times.
Exercising is one of the most effective mood-boosters. This is so true for me. I always feel better after lifting some weights and blasting out my core muscles.
Who remembers the old hit 'Let the music heal your soul'? I used to be OBSESSED with it when I was about 14/15 years old. I had it on my iPod all the time. Well that song is probably right. It amazes me how a song is able to reach into your deepest feelings and translates them into words. It never fails to make you feel the way it is written to. I've been listening to 'Better when I'm dancing' by Meghan Trainor and 'Shut up and Dance' by Walk the Moon all week. They make me so happy.
What a lovely post to write! I hope you enjoyed it and hope it helps. x