I always pooh-poohed what people call the holiday blues. I usually come back from holidays refreshed, and motivated to organise the next one. Until last week.
After having the time of my life at a certain festival I promise not to over talk about in this post (whispers Glastonbury), I got back home and it’s fair to say I was in a bit of a funk.
After catching up on sleep, I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I was a combination of tired, and under excited (after all the over excitement).
I needed a pick me up. Something simple to lift my mood little by little, a bit of self-motivation.
A bit of an at home pamper evening did it for me so that I no longer looked like someone who had camping in a field for 5 days. It really did the trick.
If you ever feel like this for any reason, not just after a holiday, here are my 10 tips to lift your mood.
Do something you enjoy – Read, draw, sing, dance, write. You’ll feel so much better and you’ll have accomplished something for the day.
Watch your favourite show/film – I always choose something silly funny. Blades of Glory cracks me up every time!
Wear a favourite item – Wear your favourite colour, that jacket that you always get complimented on, or wear all your diamonds at once!
Set a goal for the day – Make it realistic but something you can focus on and achieve.
Plan a trip – This could be to the cinema, a gig, to visit someone or a trip away. Whichever it is, it will get you a little excited as you will have something to look forward to.
Do something nice for someone – Let someone go ahead of you in a queue, give someone your seat, the surprise and smile on that person’s face will have an impact on you.
Pamper/groom yourself – Look good feel good, right? Go for that haircut, shave, manicure.
Tidy up – It’s not the most exciting thing to do, but the act of tidying (I find) helps to clear your mind a little.
Listen to music – Nothing too maudling, just some feel good music ideally something you can dance to. You could even listen to music while tidying. Look at that, you are multi-tasking. Go you!
Go outside, see friends – Just getting some fresh air and/or interacting with your favourite people can make a difference.
See, you have control.
I’ll leave you with a quote: Don’t be a passenger in your own life, be the driver.