Are you feeling down today? It’s funny that some days we can bounce out of bed in the mornings and other days we just want to hide under the covers and sleep.
I was having one of those down days last week and so I went and had my hair done and bought myself a rather nice jacket and took a foray into the land of glossy lipsticks, ante-ageing foundations and rich night creams. It worked a treat. I walked out of the shopping centre thinking ” My God I feel so much better.”
I left home feeling like a no- hoper and returned feeling like a million dollars.
But that is just so superficial and vain isn’t it? Yes it is but there is an important lesson to be learned here: no matter how bad we might feel, there are many little things that we can do to make ourselves feel much better.
Here are some suggestions that might work for you:
- Put the kettle on and have a cup of tea. When I was young, whenever I was having a particularly hard time or if we had a visitor who was in distress, my mother put the kettle on. Take time out of your day and drink your favourite brew. Make yourself feel special, serve it in a bone china cup with your favourite biscuit. The warming brew will help you feel calm and cared for.
- Spend $30.00 on something you would never normally buy for yourself. What about a lovely houseplant or maybe a pair of lacy panties. Maybe that luxury shampoo and conditioner that you always look longingly at but never buy. Whatever it is treat yourself, you know you deserve a little pampering just now.
- Go out for lunch. Take yourself off to that fancy little cafe, the one that is too expensive, and indulge in a capuccino and a slice of gateau or maybe a seafood lunch, whatever takes your fancy.
- Treat yourself to a pedicure. It feels great and don’t even think about pink, go for gold or burnished red, something that screams sexy.
- Take a risk. Sign up for sky-diving. Visit a psychic or phone someone you would really like to get to know.Do something that makes you feel really scared and you won’t have time to feel down.
- Take a bath and light some candles. Buy some luxurious bath oil and scented candles. Run the bath slowly and add the oil. While the bath is filling pour yourself a glass of wine or beverage. Arrange the candles all around the bath, light them and turn the lights off. Sink yourself down into the fragranced water and relax.
- Telephone a dear friend. Often when we are feeling down we don’t reach out to others because we want to be alone but sometimes a friendly voice will wash away the cobwebs round your heart.
- Take a nap. This is something I try and do even when I am not down. Just a short nap is a tremendous pick- me- up. You will feel much better able to cope with life after a siesta.
- Tell your journal all. Write everything down. Say how bad you are feeling. Say what the problem is. Be as angry or sad as you want. If you don’t have a journal, any scrap of paper will do but make sure you destroy it afterwards in case what you write is for your eyes only. Working through your down thoughts on paper is very healing.
- Blast your favourite dance music all over the house. And start dancing crazy, move from the stereo through every room in the house. Shake everything up and release some of that tension.
Sometimes if pays you to head off your down days with light – hearted fun things to do. We all have serious issues in our lives and yet sometimes we must laugh at life, lighten the load and take a break from reality, just for a while.