Five things that will instantly perk you up
It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s miserable. It feels like 11 years of darkness has passed, everyone’s fed up and we are all starting to dream of school nights sat in beer gardens drinking a fruity cider or two. I am very much struggling to find my motivation or summon up any productivity at the moment and I know I’m not the only one so here are my five tippity top tips for perking yourself up when you’re feeling a bit meh and can’t be arsed to do anything:
1.0 Put some liquid eyeliner and lipstick on and wear your sassiest coat.
If I’m feeling a little bit meh one thing that makes me feel like I can take on the world is a sharp flick, a cute lipstick and my faux fur coat. Dunno why it just does – I suppose it’s my version of armour? It just makes me feel a little bit more like a grown up who has her shit together instead of the is-actually-26-but-feels-15-in-her-head girl. I use a NYX liquid liner, wear this faux fur coat from ASOS and my go to lipstick is usually a Kat Von D liquid one.
2.0 Grab your headphones and get outside.
I used to hate going outside – I was always the one who would get bored first on a walk and would rather stay inside with a book at the first sign of summer – but since adopting Bruce I’ve started to find joy in sticking on a podcast or some fun music (90’s indie, 00’s pop punk or some upbeat indie pop) and going for a stroll. It might still be miserable and grey out there but getting outside and into the fresh air is doing wonders for my moods.
3.0 Thick soup with a crusty roll slathered in butter.
Obviously some kind of food had to be on this list and after racking my brains this one came out on top (cheesy beans on toast and filled pasta were very close behind). I’m personally a big fan of homemade leek and potato soup but sometimes a good old tin of Heinz can have the same effect. It makes me feel all warm and cosy inside and as soup is generally quite good for you, you feel like you are doing something positive for your body and health. It fills you up without being too filling (do you know what I mean?) and sets you up for a productive afternoon.
4.0 Schedule something social in your diary
Socialising isn’t really my thing (classic introvert who recharges by spending some time alone) but knowing that I’ll be having tea with my Mum, going for drinks with friends or seeing my niece and nephew really brighten up a crappy day. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or extravagant, just something to get you out of the house. As much as I hate to admit it, doing something social can do wonders for your mental health so give it a go and see how you feel.
5.0 Change your bedding, shave your legs (if that’s your thing) and dig out some fresh jammies.
There is no better feeling than knowing you have a clean fresh bed to slide into at the end of a long, hard day. Sure it’s a pain up the arse changing the sheets but once you climb into your new cocoon you forget all about your struggles. Make it a million times better by digging out some fresh pj’s and toasting them on the radiator for half an hour. For extra snuggle points give your legs a shave (if you do that – I know a lot of people don’t) so you can enjoy that slippy slidey feeling you get when you put the quilt on top of them.