£13.56. The amount of money that haunted my bank account as I planned this blog post. You would think, after working 20 hours a week, I’d have more. But nope thanks to my car, it doesn’t seem that way. If you’ve been on the internet recently, you may have seen the tweets about self-care… ‘It’s called self-care’ this basically means do what you need to do to make yourself feel better. So, I’ve compiled a list of ways I make myself feel better, on those low days.
Netflix and chill…out
And I don’t mean the ‘ya-know’ chill, I mean the real chill, ugly pjs, no shower, 6 seasons a day, Netflix and chill. Whether you’re in the mood for Once Upon a Time with Mr Grey-ham 😉 or feeling homely with the Gilmore Girls or you’re wondering what would Blair Waldorf do? Well take a breather, put your phone down and just watch, take it all in and by the last episode of Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse (guilty) and you will have forgotten why you’re down in the first place and be more interested in Raquelle’s beef with Barbie.
Spa Night In
Ah since the dawn of time girls have had sleepovers, think face masks, nails, crappy rom coms and bad food. Instead, imagine yourself in a face mask, with pretty nails, watching a crappy rom-com, eating bad food. Doesn’t sound like a bad night to me. Plus face masks are like 99p, nail varnish can be dead cheap, pick up a £3 film and a pizza from Morrisons and you’re good to go.
Take a Walk
Find a nice trail and just go for a walk. Take a friend, a dog, a family member or some music and just walk and breathe. That’s all, walk and breathe. After a couple of playlists, you’ll be immersed in song. It is my absolute favourite way of getting away.
Do something out of the blue
Ever gone climbing? Try climbing. Ever done Zumba? Join a Zumba group for an evening. Ever seen the sunset from the beach? Get a bus/train/walk/drive and go see that sunset. It’s your life, live it.
Go do something alone in public
It can be really daunting but go see that film you wanted to see, by yourself. Think back to every time you’ve gone to the cinema with other people, did you spend the entire time pointing and laughing at people on their own? No. No one really cares if you’re alone or in a crowd, they probably think you’ll be quieter on your own anyway.
Read, Write, Draw, Dance, Throw, Catch…
I won’t lie I may spend hours on my days off, dancing around the kitchen to too loud music while I’m waiting for some food to cook. Do what makes you happy.
Enjoy your time alone, catch some zzz’s or even just lay in bed with your thoughts.
Clean out your Wardrobe
Do you really need 6 of the same shirts? Yes but no. Enjoy the fact that these clothes you don’t wear, don’t like or don’t fit will go to someone who will appreciate them more. You could sell them on eBay for some extra cash, give them to charity or hand them to someone you know. One tip I always use is everytime you clear your wardrobe, turn the hangers so the metal hook points towards you, then once you’ve worn it put it the opposite way. So, when the time comes (missguided sale) and you find no space, get rid of the clothes on the hangers that point towards you, this shows you’ve not worn them so you probably won’t.
Talk to People
Put your phone down, turn your laptop off and speak to your family. Get to know how their day went and tell them about yours. Offer advice and ask for their opinion. Make an effort and they’ll appreciate it greatly.
Make an Outfit
Now I may be biased, but the feeling, oh the feeling, of when you’ve spent time on creating something yourself, and someone asks you where you bought it. the shock when you say, nah made it myself. There’s no feeling like it. I promise.
Okay, hear me out on this one. I, personally, always feel better once I’ve done the most mundane task and got it off my mind. Think about it, you sort it, put it in the machine, put some powder in, click a button and you’re done for an hour. How good is that? Plus if you do the whole house’s, you’ll be in the good books.
Get in Touch with an Old Friend
Send ’em a quick “Hows you, not seen you in ages?” Wouldn’t you like it if you received that text? Well maybe if you start doing it for others, they will reciprocate and you’ve got a conversation going. Even if it’s just a quick chat, them knowing you’re there will make a world of difference.
Nip t’ Pub
Okay, hear me out… again. I have been to the pub with my friends 3 times this week and haven’t had a single drop of alcohol. Grab a pint of coke and talk crap with our friends about how your days been, the news, even the weather if you’re struggling for a talk. Some of my funniest nights in a pub have been sober. Majority of people go to the pub to be social so just say hello.