We all get a bit blue sometimes. Whether it’s because we’re overworked, got a bad grade on an assignment or we simply just aren’t feeling great. When you’re down it becomes hard to concentrate and you don’t really want to do anything. Which is an issue when you’ve got an important test coming up or have to write a ten page essay. So, how do you stop yourself from feeling down? How do you make the blues go away? Well, here are four small ways you can cheer yourself up when you literally can’t even.
Comfort food is a real thing and it can work wonders on your mood. If you’re skilled in the kitchen and enjoy cooking, then why not make yourself a three-course meal? You’ll have fun making the food and really love eating it afterwards. You can even invite a friend or two over to make it even better. However, if you’re not one for standing in front of the stove, junk food works just as well. Get your favourite takeout and some yummy dessert and enjoy it from the comfort of your own couch while you watch a movie.
Watch the sunrise or sunset
Yes, it sounds really cheesy, but it’s a cliché for a reason. You have two options here. Number one, get up really early, make yourself a cup of coffee, put on a comfy hoodie and your slippers, and head outside. Number two, grab a beer or cup of tea, get a blanket (it is winter, after all) and sit outside as the sun goes down. Both will give you a moment or two to relax and get some perspective on your life.
Go for a walk
Firstly, exercise is good for your brain and will increase your endorphins. Secondly, taking a walk gives you time to clear your head. You can listen to music or an interesting podcast as you walk, or simply daydream while you check out the scenery. It doesn’t have to be a long walk or a day-long hike. You just need to put on a pair of sneakers and head out for a bit of fresh air and some time alone with your thoughts.
Have a duvet day
Get under your duvet covers with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and don’t move unless you really have to. Binge watch your favourite series or read a good book and let all your troubles drift away. Ignore the outside world for a day and just relax. Of course, you need to stock up on snacks before you lock yourself away. When you’re feeling down, your to-do list feels even longer and your chores seem a little harder. So, do one or more of the above and cheer yourself up.