Happy Sunday pals. I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. This was one post I really wanted to share for Blogmas. December is so wrapped up in glitter, festivities and happiness and there is so much positivity everywhere. But sometimes, when you aren’t on top form and in a bad mood, it can be suffocating. I wanted to bring Blogmas back down to reality, and the reality is that we all suffer with crap moods and shit days.
I got back from Berlin at the end of October and I was a complete Debbie Downer. I was struck with my annual flu and took a few days off sick. I think after a hectic few days in Cumbria and Berlin, my body just needed a rest, but, this also meant the only person who I saw for nearly 2 weeks was The Geek. As much as I love him, a girl needs to get out the house and see another human being.
By the time the end of the week came round, I felt myself just in a real sorry for yourself bad mood. I must have spent a good couple of hours in bed with Rufus just looking at my phone, telling myself 5 more minutes in bed an before I knew it, it was 11am and all I’d done was scroll Twitter. Despite feeling ill, I tried to make an effort and improve my mood that didn’t involve the internet.
PS: Not sayin’ these tips are gonna help everyone, but, it helped me.
Lol, sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? When I’m ill, I always usually have a bath filled with bubbles and tea tree oil in an effort to empty my nose. But, it usually ends up making my head worse and I feel more tired. So, I tried a shower. I felt amazing afterwards; my hair all freshly washed and transferring back into comfy clothes (I’m looking at you HP trackies bottoms). Seriously, get some funky smelling shower gel, wash your hair and just enjoy it.
Read a Book
I’m my own worst enemy for scrolling Twitter and Instagram and getting into a vicious circle of self doubt and comparing yourself to other people. When I got back from Berlin, I immediately took my sorry self off to bed with a good book. Minus the constant blowing my nose, I had the best time escaping to another world for a few hours. It was that good, I read the whole book in a few hours. You can read my review of Behind Closed Doors.
Nothing quite fixes the world as well as a good cup of tea, especially in the winter months. Actually, who am I kidding? ALL THE MONTHS. I don’t think there’s anything like a good shot of caffeine that can’t fix the world. Whilst I’ve been spluttering about the home, I’ve been drinking green tea with a pinch of ginger. It’s been so good at clearing my head and letting me breathe out of my nose momentarily.
How can you be mad when there are Disney songs playing? As I’m typing this, I have a whole Youtube playlist of Disney songs playing in the background. Disney is pretty much my happy place. My favourite Disney soundtrack has to be Hercules, but, if we’re talking films then it’s all about The Lion King. Honestly, whack your happy music on and just enjoy that stuff. It’s a million times better than Loose Women.
If you had to describe me in 3 words, at least one of those words would be hangry. I’m always thinking of my belly and food is one of my passions in life. But, when I say eat, I don’t mean eat the entire contents of your fridge. It can momentarily make you feel better but I’m pretty sure you’ll feel just as bad in a few hours. What I mean is, make something good. Something warming and something from scratch. It doesn’t have to be complicated but something good. Like, a lasagne or a thai green curry. They are my favourites at the moment!
My ultimate happy feel good film is The Muppets. Yep, the one was Jason Segal which just is perfection. I love it. Whenever I feel pants or need a little bit of a sparkle in my life I’ll always reach for that film. Either that, or Harry Potter. Sometimes, escapism is the best way to get outside of your own head. And as Walter says in The Muppets, ‘As long as there are talking frogs and singing bears, Swedish chefs and boomerang fish, the world couldn’t be that bad a place.’
Turn it into something productive
Productivity can come in many different forms. When I had the flu my biggest achievement was taking Rufus for a walk or scheduling my tweets and I felt it was one less thing to worry about once I had done it. Whether it’s scrolling looking for blog inspiration, whacking dinner in the slow cooker or working out feeling productive can really help lift a mood.