Or you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Or you’re just particularly cranky. Well, I have a few tips to help you out. I’m by no means “Little Miss Sunshine”, but I’ve had my share of challenging days, too many of which I made no effort to improve. Lately, however, that has changed. Whether I’m not feeling well, school and work are absolutely insane, or any number of other things bare making my day difficult, I now know, there is always a way to fix, at least, your mood.
- Eat good food. Whether it’s good for you, fulfills a craving, tastes amazing, or any combination of the three, eat something that will make you happy and makes you feel good. I always like to start my days with some form of a healthy breakfast. My favorite, due to its the limited amount of required effort and limitless possibilities, is overnight oats. To the right is my new favorite. Here’s the recipe:
Oats: 1/2cup Rolled Oats, 2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds, 1/2-3/4 cup Almond/Coconut Milk, dash of vanilla. Toppings: handful of blueberries, 1 sliced banana, handful of gluten-free granola. Directions: combine all “oats” ingredients in a mason jar and mix. Put in refrigerator overnight. Top with blueberries, banana, and granola when served.
- Look good, feel good. Even if looking good to you is a messy bun, leggings, and your favorite sweater, wear something you feel your absolute best in. It’s amazing what your favorite outfit will do for your morale. In addition, if you’re anything like me, having fun with makeup helps too. If you’re happier without makeup, than go bare-faced! However, if you’re not, rock that smokey eye or winged eyeliner, that bold lipstick or those contoured cheeks. Have a little fun with your appearance! It could make all the difference.
- Do something for yourself. Even if it’s just an hour of Netflix, a short hike, a little retail therapy, or some time at your favorite gym (workouts are my new go-to), do something that allows you to forget the negativity for a bit. Have a little you-time to clear your mind and just be happy. Be careful not to use this time to dwell on your frustrations, as can sometimes happen. Instead, try not to think of anything aside from what you are doing in that time. It’s a great way to reset and start over, even if it’s late in the day.
- Crank the tunes. I know how lame that sounds, but honestly, the power of a good song is incredible. If you’re feeling down on yourself, throw on some pop or hip-hop music that empowers you. Feeling angry? Hard rock or even metal can sometimes do the trick. Whatever makes you feel good, listen to that.
Even though it’s just four little things, throwing them into the mix on a less-than-ideal day can have a major impact. A little positive action and thinking can improve your whole day. While sometimes, the challenges of the day seem insurmountable, there is still good in every day, even if you have to make it yourself. Always remember, happy people are the prettiest, inside and out.