So, it’s mid-January. How mad is that? I think the majority of people find it to be a depressing month. Your body is detoxing all the fat and alcohol from Christmas, you’re skint, the weather is less than ideal and usually your next holiday isn’t for a few months. It’s still important to try and stay positive despite this.
It really isn’t a time when the majority of people can afford to fork out for things to cheer them up. Here’s a little list of every day things you could probably appreciate and get excited about more. Some of them may seem a little generic and obvious but I think a lot of people actually forget the good things every day that they take for granted.
I don’t know about you but I love a good walk. Exercise triggers the body to release endorphins which is a natural and free way to feel a little better. Whether it be 10 minutes or an hour every day, a calming walk (or any exercise really) can help you a lot mentally and physically. I tend to go for them when I have a creative block and it’s very rare that it doesn’t help to bring me fresh ideas and a new perspective.
This goes hand in hand with going on a walk, really. If you have your own cute animal to come home to then that’s great! I know my dog always cheers me up and I also know going on a walk benefits her greatly. But if you don’t, you’re almost guaranteed to see at least one cute animal when out on a stroll whether it be a dog, cat, bird or maybe even a fox. You’ve got to be able to appreciate a cute little innocent animal.
Food is the best, you can’t argue that. You can always look forward to having your favourite pasta dish, chocolate bar or piece of fruit. This might not be the most suitable point if your favourite food is £100 caviar but I’m sure there’s something that’s averagely priced that you really enjoy eating you can treat yourself to. Planning an exciting lunch or dinner that you can have during/after a long day can really help you get through it, too.
Human interaction is very underrated when it comes to cheering up. When I get down in the dumps or I’m having a hard time I personally tend to shut myself away. Simply speaking to or meeting up with someone you’re close to and just having someone to have a laugh and a joke with does you a world of good. Try and push yourself to send that text or make the effort to get up and out on that cold, gloomy evening.
I imagine most people have at least one event they’re looking forward to, whether it be a wonderful holiday, getting married, drinks with a friend, visiting a favourite restaurant or a trip to the local aquarium. You can get countdown apps on your phone that tell you how many days/hours/minutes it is until the exciting event. Or you can just type into google “how many days until (insert date)” and it’ll tell you!
One of my favourite things about having a hobby is that it can really connect you with people you wouldn’t have otherwise met if you join a local club or an online forum/group. Or if you aren’t much for meeting others, you can also do a lot of hobbies in the comfort of your own home. Anything you’re both passionate about and that you make time to do would be considered a hobby and I think it’s super important that everyone has at least one as a positive outlet. It may not be possible to do every day but whether it’s working out, writing, knitting or playing piano, it’s definitely something you can look forward to spending time doing.
I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who’s said they don’t enjoy getting into bed. Rest is something really important the body needs to stay repairing itself and functioning properly. Yes that is totally an excuse to get into bed early, I use it all the time…
Is there anything I’ve missed that you look forward to in every day?