10 Ways to Boost Your Mood Today. ♥

Sunday, 17 September 2017

We've all been there, when no matter we try and do, or what anybody else does to try and help, we're in the worst mood ever, something sets you off and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Those days are the worst. Or if you've had a really bad day at work, and you're just taking it on yourself and those around you. It sucks right? Often I find it's really hard to snap out of moods, and it's so easy to feel sorry for yourself and hate everything and everyone. Recently if I've been feeling like this, there are 10 things, based upon self care, and looking after myself, that will always make me feel better. In no particular order, here are 10 Mood Boosters that are sure to snap you out of that bad mood, in no time! Often it's just the little things that truly make a big difference to how you feel. ♥

Wear your favourite make up - I don't know what it is about wearing my favourite make up, whether it be a lip product, my all time favourite eyeshadow palette (as shown above!) or, just an amazing mascara that really makes my eyes POP. I actually love applying make up, you wouldn't have ever thought it would you? And it instantly boosts my mood whenever I use my favourite products because I feel more confident, and I just adore using my faves! I know your mood shouldn't be affected based upon your apperance and how you look, but let's be honest, are you gonna feel amazing and is your mood going to be increased if you look like rubbish? If I'm in a bad mood, a slick of a good, bright lipstick often makes me feel that little bit cheerier. Honestly it does work, try it. 

♥  Pamper yourself - Another instant mood boost for me, when I'm feeling down or I've had a really long, tough day at work, is to come home and have a good old pamper session. By this I mean quite literally turning my bathroom into a relaxing spa, candles lit, bubble bath, all of my favourite pampering products, a good book/tv show playing on my iPad and all of my favourite snacks on hand. Just thinking about this makes me happy! :) It's all about self care, slowing down and making time for yourself, and making myself relaxed, and pampering myself always does the trick. 

♥  Eat your favourite food - Please don't binge eat, that's not what I'm saying here. But everything in moderation is of course fine. Don't starve yourself of your favourite treats, sometimes the only thing that's gonna make you feel good after a really shitty day is a Dominos Pizza and a share size bag of Maltesers. That's ok... do what makes you happy! I don't want to be that person that promotes comfort eating, and rewarding your body with unhealthy good etc, but sometimes, just sometimes, the chocolate bar will make you feel good and it tastes bloody amazing. Don't deny it ladies...

 Work out - just to counteract all of healthy living police who are cursing me for allowing myself a treat on a bad day, I thought I'd include working out in this list too, because guess what, sometimes after a long day, and three chocolate bars, working out also makes me feel pretty amazing and boosts my mood. I never used to think I'd be that person, where I'd come home from work really stressed, and exercise would be my mood booster, and release, but honestly it does make you feel amazing and the endorphins (happy hormones) it releases in your body increase your mood massively. It can sound like a chore, and the last thing you'd want to do if you're in a bad mood, but believe me, try it, it can make you feel amazing: just do something you love, whether it be yoga, going to the gym, weights, a dance class, football, whatever type of exercise you love, do that. You'll feel amazing! For me, it's always Yoga it calms me and makes me feel SO good.

Read a book - There's just something so therapeutic to me about reading a book. Although as I start reading the book, I'll admit I'm in the worst mood, but as I begin to turn the pages and get lost in another fantasy, another world, another storyline, I feel as though I've escaped. It doesn't matter what I'm reading, it just instantly makes me feel better and I feel good. Accompanied by a strawberry milkshake, or a hot chocolate and you're on your way to feeling amazing.

Catch up with a relative/friend - I don't mean the type of toxic friends or relatives that you've been putting off talking to for months because they make you feel crappy, cut those sorts of people out of your life. I mean the kinds of people in your life that always make you feel good, that make you laugh, that support you and are there for you. Give them a text, or a call, better than that meet up if you can, it will boost your mood instantly! You don't have to talk about your problems, or theirs, just being in there presence will make you feel better.

 Listen to your favourite music - loud - is there any other way to listen to music other than LOUD, especially when you're feeling down! Create a playlist of all your favourite songs, and whenever you're feeling down, pop those headphones in and get singing at the top of your voice, the louder, the better. This one always works and makes me feel good.

Have a hot chocolate - especially in your most favourite, pretty mug. With all the toppings: marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate shavings. Go for it! I mean whoever thought to create hot chocolates was clearly all about self care and indulgence because as soon as I sip a hot chocolate, with marshmallows and whipped cream, I feel good, cosy and in a much better mood. Allow yourself 5 minutes out, longer if possible. Drink your hot chocolate and don't dwell on bad thoughts, remind yourself that you have so many positive things to be happy about. :)

♥ Go outside - A breath of fresh air, big, deep breathes, and counting to 10, taking in the scenery always makes me feel better. It reminds me that everything will be ok. I love going outside, although I'm a real homely person, sometimes you've just got to escape and a 10 minute walk, away from the craziness can do wonders for the mind and soul.

♥ Stop feeling sorry for yourself - If all else fails, girl stop feeling so sorry for yourself. You've overcome everything in your life so far, what you're worrying about could be really silly, or it could feel like you've got the whole world on your shoulders. Talk it out if you can, but stop feeling sorry for yourself. You've got to get on with things, especially if you're worrying that you haven't got anything to wear in your wardrobe and it's stressing you the eff out... girl we've all been there. But we've just got to get on with it... Pinterest outfit inspiration, and put together a new outfit with something you already have in your wardrobe... problem sorted. In most cases, minor mood swings and problems can be solved with a little bit of self care and positive thinking. But if you're seriously worried about something, and feeling down a problem shared is a problem halved. Talk to people you trust and get some help. You don't have to struggle alone. ♥

I hope you've found something that helps you feel happier, and will boost your mood today! 
What do you do when you need an instant mood boost? 

Have a lovely day,
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