We all have those days when nothing seems to go right from the moment we get out of bed. Or maybe someone makes a nasty remark which completely ruins the mood. Today I share with you 7 ways to make yourself feel better (almost) instantly. Let’s start!
1.Watch a Studio Ghibli animated film. I don’t know about you, but Disney never works for me. There’s too much injustice, cruelty, and magic involved in the resolution of the problem. So I stand behind some of the most creative studios ever – Ghibli. You may know the Spirited Away, so I’d suggest something not that popular – The Cat Returns (2002) and Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989). If inspiration and kindness could take the form of an animated film, those would be it.
2.Make cupcakes. When you feel down, the best trick to lift your spirits up is to change your focus of attention and find a good distraction. Cupcakes are some of the easiest recipes you can do and it takes only 40-45min with preparation and baking. I can share my quick pumpkin cupcake recipe.
First, turn on your oven and set it for 180C or 350F. The dough takes 10min max to prepare.
100g (3.5oz) of finely grated pumpkin (I suggest Hokkaido – they are sweet, fragrant, and can be grated with the skin) if you don’t like pumpkin, you can simply skip it or add any other ingredients, such as finely grated carrots, pieces of chocolate, etc
125g (4.4oz) granulated sugar
125g (4.4oz) Greek yogurt
60g (2oz) neutral vegetable oil (I usually use sunflower)
50g (1.7oz) raisins or any other dried fruits or nuts that you like, adjust the quantity, or you can skip them entirely
160g (5.6oz) all-purpose flour
5g (1 teaspoon) of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix or just cinnamon (you can adjust the amount of spices or skip them entirely)
pinch of salt
Mix wet and dry ingredients thoroughly in separate bowls. Once the oven is ready, mix them together until well-mixed and fill in the cupcake molds up to 2/3 of each mold. If you use silicone molds or other non-stick molds, there’s no need to oil them before filling them with dough, but if you know that your molds aren’t very reliable, better cover them with a very thin layer of oil or melted butter.
Bake for 20-25min. Enjoy!
3.Clean. This may seem counter-intuitive, but we naturally feel better in clean environment. If there’s some mess in your closet or unwashed dishes, go for it – it’ll distract you and it’ll feel much nicer to be in a clean house.
4.Workout. It’s a well-known truth that any workout increases the level of endorphins, or happiness hormones. You’ll notice that you start feeling better involuntarily, even if it’s a basic yoga session.
5.Browse for gifts for a person who’s dear to you (online or in actual brick-and-mortar store – doesn’t matter). Giving presents often feels better than receiving them. On top of that, the best gifts are unexpected ones, which you get not for birthday or Christmas, but just because someone wanted to make you happy. Browsing for gifts can help you distract yourself and focus on something joyful. I have posts with awesome and non-trivial gifts for a woman, gift ideas for a man, and gifts anyone will like on my blog.
6.Go to a thrift store. Sometimes you can find the most awesome things thrifting. Even if you won’t find anything particularly good, you’ll still get a chance to get fresh air. And if you do, it’s always an amazing feeling to give second life to an item, often very unique one too.
7.Go on a date with yourself or to a fancy café with a friend. I’d definitely suggest to arrange a date with yourself kind of thing and just treat yourself to some exquisite pastry and coffee, but I am aware that not everyone enjoys it. So you pick what feel right for you. If you feel energetic enough to go out, then having a cup of good coffee or tea with some beautifully looking piece of cake (seeing something so aesthetically pleasing will also help you feel better) is a very good idea.
And most of all, remember that tomorrow will be a new day and fresh start!
Hope you’re having great mood and don’t need this list at all, but if you do, then hope it helps!
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