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How to cheer yourself up.

It’s easy to get caught in that place of doom. Especially during the long, winter months when everything is so dark and cold. When I was…

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how to cheer yourself up

It’s easy to get caught in that place of doom. Especially during the long, winter months when everything is so dark and cold.

When I was younger, I would embrace the sadness and sometimes even inspire it with sad music and wine, reading and writing poetry into the early hours of the morning about how stuck I felt.

caught_in_that_place_by_inmyroomNow I’m not longer an emo, I like to deal with sadness a little differently.

I was always a big believer in letting myself feel everything. I didn’t realise at the time that I wasn’t doesn’t anything other than letting myself wallow on uneasy ground while the sadness just swelled inside.

I’ve spent a long time perfecting how to stay emotionally balanced, I’d be lying if I said I’ve got it down to a tee, but through trail and error I’m getting there.

Here are some ways that I catch myself when I feel a little down.

How to cheer yourself up.

1. Listen to upbeat music.

While it might be tempting to listen to Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing compares to you really loud on repeat with a bottle of wine, it’s not going to do anything other than make you want to cry over how horrible your life is.

I know I can really think myself into a black hole of death if I allow myself to listen to sad songs, so stick some upbeat songs on and be uplifted.

Some of my favourites are:

  1. We the kings: Just keep breathing.
  2. AWOLNATION: Sail.
  3. Imagine Dragons: On top of the world.
  4. Purity Ring: Fineshrine.
  5. Kids of 88: Tucan
  6. Danna Richards: Where you are
  7. The Orion Experience: Obsessed with you.
  8. The Postal Service: Such great heights.

I find that this can really life my mood and make me feel energised and ready to carry on with my day.

2. Spend time with my friends.

When I’m feeling low, I get the urge to avoid all people. I’ll happily hide away for days to avoid talking to anyone. I find if I spend some time with friends, it can really help.

The first step to this is the hardest – I put on a brave face which seems a little fake and like a lot of effort, but before I know it I’m smiling for real and I forget how I was feeling before.

This doesn’t have to be an expensive night out, but just a trip to the pub, a movie or games night or just sitting in the company of others while you’re watcting TV. It helps – I promise.

3. Write it out.

Some things go around and around in my head. I feel like they’ll never stop and I can’t seem to let go of them. Opening up a text document and just typing out what’s bothering me or how I’m feeling somehow manages to quieten my thoughts.

It’s almost as if I’m slowly letting it go through writing – pulling each word and feeling out of my head and onto a screen where I can save it and close it down when I’m done.

For some reason after doing this, I no longer feel the need to analyse it over and over again in my head as it helps me to organise my thought processes and get a bit of logic back into my life!

4. Message an old friend on Facebook.

It’s good to catch up – and talking to an old friend on Facebook is a great way to cheer yourself up. You can find out what they’ve been up to and share the fun things you’ve been up to lately.

It’s a way to trick yourself into remembering the good things in your life, as well as having a catch up.

You cold also call, text or e-mail if you’re too cool for Facebook.

5. Exercise.

This is a bit of a cliche, but this works. Going for a run ALWAYS puts me in a good mood. Even if I have to push myself to get out of the door and there are moments during it I just want to quit.

The happy hormones released during exercise can lift your spirits – as well as give you that feeling of working off any stress.

6. Shower and get dressed.

I could happily sit around all day in my PJs some days, but if I’m not feeling in a fantastic mood, it can make me feel sluggish and low.

The best way to get over this is to shower and get dressed, even if you’re not going anywhere. Even put on some make-up – by looking good on the outside, this can help the perception of how you feel on the inside.

What do you do to cheer yourself up?

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28 comments

  1. Thanks for this post, I’m not having a particularly good time at the moment and I am doing everything I can to stay afloat and not lose my shit haha. I’ve managed to get out for a run in the last week, i’m dying to go out for another but I’m so ill at the mo it’s best not. Agree with above comment too, bubble bath! Which I will be having as soon as I arrive back at my parents house!

  2. I agree completely with the last one – I use the same logic when I’m ill: if I’m well enough to get dressed, I’m well enough to do anything.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

  3. Great tips for forgetting what you down and out about. I get depress on Monday when I know I have to get back to my crazy schedule at work.

  4. Wonderful tips! And one more – take vitamin D ๐Ÿ™‚ We tend to lack it, especially during the winter months and the deficiency may cause depression. x

  5. Great post, I’ve got a similar one coming up this week! It’s TOO easy to get dragged down by the winter blues, a combination of dark mornings, dark nights, that cold that hits you right in the centre of your bones, urgh, winter can be such an emotionally ugly season!

    Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚
    Saloca in Wonderland

  6. Showering and getting dressed is my top tip – I will be much likely to wallow in my PJs. Throwing on a bold lipstick always seems to help too, as does cooking myself something yummy! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  7. i find that having a shower and getting dressed usually sorts me out. Failing that, some upbeat music to dance around the house to!

    Emma | frillsanddoodads.com

  8. Love these ideas! It is very tempting to put Nothing Compares 2 U on repeat, but upbeat music is definitely the better way to go. A piece of chocolate and a walk helps, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. i always feel sadder during december and january, but i feel like i have reason to feel like that and as long as i don’t actually wallow in sadness and negativity, i do let myself be sad for a couple of months:-) and even then i’m not obviously sad all the time, haha. but these are lovely and useful tips! xx

  10. Thank you for these beautiful tips.
    I agree with everything you said. I used to be sad a lot too. And even now sometimes I still get caught in an emotional roller coaster, but listening to upbeat music, and definitely getting dressed makes my day better. For some reason pjs are comfy but it makes you in a slum-y mood

    xox Ingrid of Style Prosciutto
    http://www.styleprosciutto.blogspot.com

  11. Corinne, those are some beautiful tips!! And The Postal Service is so so so good! and the Shins :p I usually treat myself with chocolates if i want to cheer myself up, or make some hot chocolate! :p <3

  12. All your suggestions cheer me up as well. I find dressing up therapeutical too. If I look horrible when I am kinda down I feel worse. Taking care of myself cheers me up. Also it is always a happiness boost to call a good friend. Lovely post as always. XOXO, Elif

  13. The last one, most definitely. I’m terrible for just staying n my PJs and doing nothing. I like to get showered, get dressed and head out for a walk. I’ve been trying to get into running, but at the moment going for a walk is fine for me. It’s my new resolution to get with running because the few times I have done it, they feel kind of great!

    Apart from that, I don’t really practice anything else to improve my mood. I prefer to be alone or with Kris and just not talk about it. It’s always worked for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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