Every person in the world gets the blues every so often. Feeling sad is natural, although unlike feeling happy, this is not a feeling we enjoy. So, when our spirits are low, instead of wallowing in sadness, it’s time to get up and do things for yourself that will serve as amazing pick me ups. So, let’s see how we can help you help yourself and get that spring back in your step. We’ve prepared six amazing suggestions, and one of them is bound to help, but just for the fun of it (and to lock things down in the happiness department), feel free to do them all.
Let’s Get Physical
Sure, you’ve probably heard that exercising is great for your cardiovascular health, that it promotes better sleep, helps you get rid of those pesky extra pounds. However, were you aware of the fact that working out can actually make you happier? According to experts from Mayo Clinic, even low impact exercise, like a brisk 30-minute walk can be of great help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. In addition to feeling happier, in the long run you will end up feeling a whole lot better about yourself because your energy levels will go up, the immune system will get a great boost and you will be toned and fit. Yes, we are aware that we already mentioned the weight loss thing, but it’s worth mentioning twice as it really does wonders for your self-confidence.
Put Your Best Face Forward
While you certainly don’t need makeup to look beautiful, because you already are, and you should own it, there is something magical about putting on makeup that instantly lifts your spirits. First, there is the soothing ritual alone. There is something incredibly fun and playful about trying on different shades of lipstick, creating that perfect eyeliner wing that just makes you feel truly great. You look in the mirror and you love what you see, and you don’t only admire the face in the mirror, but your craftiness as well. Plus, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, women who wear makeup are perceived as healthier and more confident. When people view you this way, you are bound to start mirroring that and instantly feel more confident from within.
Coco Chanel once said: “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” This may or may not be true, but in any case, cutting your hair sure has a way of lifting your mood and get you feeling like a supermodel. There is something incredibly empowering about walking out of the salon with your hair even just slightly trimmed that makes you feel instantly sexier, more attractive, rejuvenated and even fierce. Also, you’ll get rid of split ends and your hair will be healthier. It doesn’t even have to be a big change of style, an inch or two will make all the difference, so book an appointment with your favorite stylist ASAP.
Claim Your Snooze Time
Sure, most of us are well familiar with the health benefits of quality Sleep. It helps your body recover from the day and repair itself, making us focus and be more productive, ready to conquer the next one. Aside from these benefits, research suggests how much we sleep is inextricably linked to our overall happiness. When we’re sleep deprived, our risk for depression increases and we’re more likely to experience higher stress levels. However, when you get your dose of quality slumber time, you will, in turn, feel energized and more confident in your abilities to perform better at work or be there for your partner.
Turn Your Shopping Mode On
It might sound superficial, but purchasing new clothes has an amazing and positive impact on your mood and your self-esteem. Getting all dolled and putting on a brand new outfit can make you feel like a million dollars. This may not be a permanent fix for your blues, but it will surely serve its purpose as an instant pick me up, at least for a day. Sometimes, that’s good enough.
All You Need is Love
No, we’re not talking about a great boyfriend (although that wouldn’t hurt either). It may sound corny, but a really good support system made out of amazing friends and/or loving family can make all the difference in the world. There is even scientific evidence to back this up. As Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert explains it:
We’re happy when we have a family, we’re happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.
So, as cheesy as this sounds, call your mom and dad every day, spend as much time with them and your friends because as it turns out, in the long run, that’s all you need to be happy.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Traveling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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Mia’s wonderful guest post is a great reminder of how important a little “Me” time is.
How will you treat yourself today?