12 Little Things That Pick Me Up

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I haven’t done a little list post in a while so I thought today I would put together a rundown of all the tiny things I do to make myself feel better. Because sometimes you might only have two minutes to get back on track and not have time for a full bath/pamper routine. I don’t know if it’s the weather but Feb seems to have been full of those crappy days, we all have them and they’re never any fun. So when you’re right in the middle of it, here’s some little two minute things to pick you up and get you back on the right track. At least until you have time to do that bath/bottle/bed routine that I’m so fond of…

  1. Have a cup of tea: Tea solves everything, I promise. And there are very few places you could be in the UK where you couldn’t get a decent one.
  2. Do a 5 minute yoga/pilates video: OK so this isn’t going to work in the office, but if you’re at home, search YouTube for a 5 minute yoga or pilates or even just stretching routine. You’ll instantly feel more at peace.
  3. Take a shower: Again only if you’re at home or if your office is swanky and has showers. A shower only takes 2 mins if you want it to and no matter what is on my mind I always come out feeling better.
  4. Write everything down: This one really works for me. Scribble everything that’s making you feel crap on a piece of paper, then screw it up and throw it in the bin. Out of sight, out of mind.
  5. Have a fruit salad: I debated writing down ‘eat a pastry’, and I’m not going to lie that also works sometimes. But I love the sweet hit of a fruit salad – blueberries, raspberries and grapes are my fave, and you don’t have the guilt afterwards. You can feel good for smashing that 5 a day target.
  6. Make an exciting diary plan: Whatsapp a friend or just schedule in a country walk for the weekend. It’ll give you something to immediately look forward to and help you realise this bad day won’t last forever.
  7. Buy chocolate: OK so this goes against the fruit salad one, but sometimes only chocolate will do. Eat it now, or tuck it in your bag ready for later. It will give you that quick endorphin boost.
  8. Listen to the sea/calming music: One I’ve become more of a fan of recently, plug yourself in and get yourself away from the world with some calming music. I like searching eight hour sea tracks on Youtube but you might be more of a fan of jungle or rain noises. Whatever floats your boat.
  9. A face mask: If you’re at home, put on a face mask. It takes five minutes and your skin and brain will feel better for it.
  10. 3 minute meditation: Another new one for me but you can do three minute meditation anywhere at anytime and it clears your mind so quickly. If you’re at work, go to the toilet. Close your eyes, let your mind run through your thoughts, feelings, sensations and impulses, then redirect your attention to your breath and follow your breathing in and out for at least a minute. Once you’ve done that widen your awareness to take in how your body feels – scan through your feet touching the floor, your chest rising up and down, the feelings in your face. Then bring yourself back to the room, get up and get on with your day.
  11. Go for a walk: Get outside and go for a quick 5 minute walk in the fresh air. Try and take in everything around you – notice the sights and the smells.
  12. Down a glass of water: Not sure if this is just me but I honestly feel better if I quickly down a 200ml glass of water. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to up my water intake, but also it’s that quick break and refresh for your body. Give it a go.
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