Familiar with the crippling feeling of being down? Need easy ways to lift your mood? Through the crazy rollercoaster that is parenting and Motherhood we all become incredibly susceptible to low moods and cabin fever; I know I have at least one day per week where I don’t want to leave my pyjamas or house! There are some simple ways that can really save you when times get hard and you find yourself lacking energy and motivation and they happen to be pretty easy, quick fixes too!
I realise that everybody is different and may adjust the below to suit their own needs and tastes, but here are, in my opinion, the best and most incredibly easy ways to lift your mood when you’re feeling down.
Ok… so Im not talking something depressing and morbid here; depending on what you are trying to achieve go for something calming but uplifting or something energetic and happy.
Music has always been a massive part of my life and I could not go through a day without it.
There is music for every mood and it can really shift a mood in an instant so use it wisely! One song could make all the difference in your mood!
I have recently begun a slight obsession with exercise as I am totally hooked on how it makes me feel; it releases endorphins which intern make you happy, so what are you waiting for?
Although I realise exercising is probably the last thing you want to be doing when you’re feeling low, let me tell you, you will not regret it! Keep it up and you’ll be feeling pumped and better about yourself so quickly!
If you are interested in reading more about the benefits of exercise I have written all about it in my post ‘My Love Affair With Exercise’
3. Spend time with a close friend
There are no people better equipped to win your tears and give a huge hug than your close friends; when I have days where I just want to slob around the house and have no motivation I call upon those closest to me as i know they will come bearing a smile (and sometimes cake…)
If you are struggling to find people that are free or are feeling isolated from your friends after having a baby (trust me it is super common so please dome feel like you are alone!) please have a read of ‘The Best 7 Ways and Places To Find Mum Friends: Finding Your Mama Tribe’
Talk it out! It is so common for us to keep all of our feelings closeted away under a fake smile until the day when they spiral out of control and we loose ourselves; talking through any problems, worries, feelings and thought with anyone that will listen and has your best interests at heart will do you the world of good.
There are also amazing facilities in place like, iTalk, which is funded but he NHS and provides safe counsel for you to share either in a group or individually to help you through your down days.
Contrary to popular belief, having a good cry is GOOD for you! People like to think that crying is a sign of weakness, but it is actually a sign of strength if you can see it truly as a means of letting out your emotions; trust me you will feel a sense of calm wash over you when you have had a good cry.
There is lots of scientific evidence and amazing insights on how you can cry your way to happiness and you can read all a out it in ‘Say Goodbye To Stress: Cry Your Way To Happiness’
I dont this there is anything better for relieving stress that a good ol’ fashioned massage to smooth out the kinks of a low mood.
A professional one is of course advised as they are so amazing; you feel like you are floating on a relaxing cloud! But if you are strapped for cash then request the assistance of your partner or friend to clam your soul.
A nice British cup of tea. Is there any better way to feel cosy and safe? Paired with pyjamas, cake or biscuits (wait until point 10!) and a sofa in front of your favourite show or Movie (see my later point!), a cup of tea is the perfect getaway beverage (not including alcohol… but when you are feeling low this is definitely not advisable as will certainly make you feel worse in the long run!)
I would hope that you all take you multivitamins every day anyway as it is best practice for your health… but if you don’t… start doing that immediately!
I used to swear by dissolvable Vitamin C tablets as for years I managed to avoid the common cold, but now I take Multivitamin tablets instead as much prefer a coffee in the mornings! But if you love a cold orange hit in the morning then grab them from your local Supermarket and they will do wonders to your health and you will feel so much better!
9. Fresh air
When you are stuck in a sofa funk it is hard to think of being part of the bright outside world, but is is truly where you need to be!
If you live in or near Hampshire take a look at some great child friendly ‘Places’ to explore!
If you really cannot bring yourself to muster enough energy to forage outside the hibernation in your home then at least open some windows and let the fresh air in.
There is nothing better than smelling the sweet aromas of freshly bakes sweet treats to go with the aforementioned British cuppa!
Comfort food comes in all shapes and sizes, and ordinarily the advice would be to avoid heavy foods when you are feeling low and go for energy boosting culinary delights; for me though… I have my comfort foods when I feel down. I call upon the epic-ness that is Kraft Macaroni cheese and anything sweet!
I have started writing my recipes for freshly baked goodness so that you can share in their sumptuous deliciousness; Pick your favourite from my ‘Rosy Mama Recipes’ and get stuck in to sweet treat heaven (and tea of course!)
I have always loved films; I have always described myself as a ‘film person’. When anyone ever asks me what TV programmes I watch I simply reply with… “I don’t… I want films’. Because i do, watch films. Constantly. All day long.
And why? Because I feel like they have a better purpose and moral compass; you can watch a film and feel so many emotions and have so many thoughts invoked than just an episode of a series for example.
A good uplifting movie is the perfect treatment for when life gets you down and the sofa becomes your best friend.
If you need inspiration I have a list of ‘Movies To Make You Happy’ that is full of amazingly inspirational and fist bump worthy films to make you feel like you have well and truly GOT this!
Sleep can really be sometimes the best medicine for a low mood, especially if you have been burning the candle at both ends and are feeling run down.
Grab a nap if you are into naps and have a delve into the best way to nap; experts say it has to be between 20-30 minutes at most to get the most benefits from a ‘power nap’ any longer and you will most likely rise feeling groggy.
13. Retail therapy
I don’t know about you but I feel great when I have afresh few items of clothing or a new haircut; spending some time on yourself and your appearance by buying some new threads can boost your self confidence leaving you feeling instantly better.
You don’t have to spend a fortune either… I’m not talking an all out shopping spree! Even charity shops or Ebay can provide a few key items to brighten up your wardrobe.
14. Realise how lucky you are
It sounds like a cop out but please take a moment to think of all of the people in this world that are far worse off; thinking about all of your family and friends and loved ones that love you can be motional and uplifting.
Our culture is so unaware of the privilege it holds; remember how lucky you REALLY are.
I know it seems hard sometimes to get to a place where you are grateful for what you have instead of focussing on what you do not, but if you can do that you will be winning.
15. Be Kind
To others, yes. But to yourself, always.
It is so easy to degrade and underestimate ourselves when we feel low but you really need to be kind to yourself as you need to love yourself first to feel comfortable in who you are and in your own skin and in the world around you.
I hope you have found this post helpful in lifting your mood if you are feeling down. Do you know anyone else that could benefit from reading this? Do you have any tips for boosting your mood?