Feeling Blue? Here’s How to Boost Your Mood

Feeling blue?

We’ve all been there.

Those days when you just feel a bit meh.

Regardless of whether it’s a stressful day at work, an argument with your partner or simply that the top you’ve been eyeing up from ASOS is out of stock, life can bring you down sometimes.

As it was recently ‘Blue Monday’ which is a day in January that is reportedly the most depressing day of the year, I thought it would be a great time to write a post about some things you can do to chill out and de-stress.

 

Treat Yourself

When was the last time you really treated yourself? I’m not talking about splashing out on that designer bag you’ve had your eye on for months. I mean really pampering yourself.

Taking some time out of your busy schedule to look after yourself is important for maintaining a positive state of mind. It’s so easy to get caught up in work, school and responsibilities, that it can often feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Set aside some time once a week, or even once every other week to take care of yourself and do something that you find utterly relaxing!

Some ideas include:

  • Run a hot bath so you can finally use your favourite LUSH bath bomb
  • Have a mini spa day by listening to some relaxing music, whacking on a face mask and smothering your skin with some divine smelling body lotion
  • Exfoliate the heck out of those dry, flaky patches on your legs with a hard-core body scrub that will definitely make you feel like a goddess afterwards. LUSH have a whole load of yummy looking scrubs here by the way
  • Light some candles (especially if you have a few Yankee Candles around!)

Obviously there are many other ways you can pamper yourself but these are just a few ideas you can get started with right away. At the end of the day, the goal here is to do whatever you personally find relaxing and to start scheduling some time out of your week so you can do it.

 

Go for a Walk

Many people underestimate the power that being outside in the fresh air and being with nature has on your mood.

Walking is a great form of light-exercise which can play a big role in your overall mood. It helps to boost endorphins, or as it’s commonly known as ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain. Just going for a 20-minute walk can help you feel more energised, which in turn will dramatically boost your mood.

It’s clear that there are a lot of scientific benefits of going for a walk. But really, going for a walk also allows you a chance to take a ‘step-back’ from your daily life, schedules and responsibilities.

It allows you to take time away from technology and social media and gain clarity in your thoughts. This can help you assess what’s making you feel so blue.

It also allows you to be at one with nature. Walking in the woods and listening to the birds singing does wonders to your happiness.

 

Write it Down

It can often be seen as a cliché from a teen rom-com, but have you ever considered writing down your feelings? Putting your thoughts down on paper can be really helpful when trying to manage your mood. One of the benefits of having a diary is that it can develop mindfulness. This will bring your mind to attention and encourages you to engage your thoughts, which in turn with induce happiness. Writing also helps you to understand your emotions a bit better, which will help you to manage them more effectively.

It’s also a great outlet for processing your emotions. Allowing you to think about what is causing you to feel the way you do. By writing out how you feel, your mind will process the situation and eventually heal and de-stress.

Go out and buy a notebook that will be used for the sole purpose of writing down your feelings. Write in it daily, weekly, or just when you feel like you need to understand your mood.

Alternatively, many stationery stores sell ‘happiness journals’. These are wonderful little notebooks that provide a space for you to write down the big and little things that make life great! Some pages include prompts such as “what made me smile today” or “today was great because”. Looking for a great happiness journal to get you started? Paperchase sell this absolutely adorable one that is covered in llamas. Which is obvs a bonus.

 

I hope these ideas can provide some inspiration for when you’re feeling a bit blue. If you have any suggestions, feel free to list them in the comments below.

 

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14 Comments

  1. January 22, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    My favourite thing to do when I’m down is to take some me time. Run a bath and just read. Sometimes it’s necessary.

    • Chloe Abigail
      January 22, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      I totally agree! Reading is another fantastic way that de-stress.

  2. January 22, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Taking time for myself definitely helps me boost my mood. There really is nothing quite as satisfying as focusing all of your attention on yourself and pampering the hell out of your own body and mind!

    XO
    Ashley
    https://ashlexyz.wordpress.com

    • Chloe Abigail
      January 22, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      100% agree Ashley! I think we often forget to look after ourselves when we are so busy! Thank you for taking the time to comment

  3. January 22, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    These ideas are really helpful! I was actually having a down day yesterday for no reason and I think a little spa day would have been perfect for me!

    Emily x
    http://www.missbeautyemily.com

    • Chloe Abigail
      January 22, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Glad they helped Emily! Hope you’re feeling better today x

  4. January 22, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Great post! I love ones like this because it’s nice to see what others do when they need some me time etc… it’s also great to get some ideas! Going for a walk always helps me.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Chloe Abigail
      January 22, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Jordanne! Glad you found it helpful. I really like going for afternoon walks in the woods by myself.

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  8. January 29, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Also, never underestimate the power of a good fake tan! It never fails to make me feel better, regardless of the time of year. 🙂

  9. February 6, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this! Great post x

    • Chloe Abigail
      February 12, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Thank you Rebecca x

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