5 Tips To Encourage Happiness | Lifestyle ♥

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

If you know me in real life, or have been reading my blog a little while, you may or may not know that I struggle with depression and sadness. I guess I just wanted to share a bit of my experience with you on this, I'm not gonna go into detail on the sad and bad parts of it - that is not what this post is about. It's not a sob story. Even if you're not actually suffering from sadness or depression, maybe you're just having a bad day, these little steps have actually helped me so much, that I thought that they might help a few of you guys (I hope anyway). And I just want to make this point clear - this is by NO means a way of treating depression, and these may not work for you, it's all my personal experience and advice.

1. Put some makeup on, experiment.
Yes - it may feel a little pointless if you have nothing to do or no where to go, but I can spend hours doing my make up just playing about. Figuring out what looks good and what doesn't look good. Go out of your comfort zone and you might find you like it, or hate it, but no one is gonna see you if you look hideous either, that's the whole fun in it. Not only are you having fun, you're distracting your mind and you're actually learning.
MY TIP: go on a website like PINTEREST and make boards of your favourite looks and try recreate them (see my board HERE).

2. Work out, go for a run, exercise.
Had a stressful day? Go run, go blow some steam off. Take out your anger on something productive. Physical activity stimulates many brain chemicals that more often than not, leave you feeling happier and much more relaxed - it also helps you sleep well at night. In turn, it may also make you feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which in turn will help to boost confidence and self esteem. Now I'm not saying go mad and turn into a fitness fanatic - no don't do that. Work out to let go of the stress you've got building up, work out for the end result of being happier. You don't even need to sign up to a gym, YouTube offers loads of free at-home-no-equipment needed work outs.
MY TIP: My favourite YouTube work outs are Blogilates and XHIT Daily.

3. Get outside.
This will probably (along side with working out) the last thing you will want to do. But push yourself through and go for a walk. Even if it has no purpose. If it's sunny this is even more beneficial as sun is a massive mood changer due to it's vitamin D properties, it is a natural happiness ball of fire. But even if it's not sunny, go for a walk, get outside and get out of being stuck in four walls. Walk the pooch, or pooches if you're lucky, have some down time by yourself, persuade a friend, or just pop some earphones in. Walking is a form a physical exercise, remember that. Being stuck inside will not help anything, and being lazy in bed will not help either! You'll benefit more than you can imagine from going outside.
MY TIP: Take some photos (good or bad) whilst you're on your travels, it'll distract you from your thoughts.

4. Pamper yourself, have a bath, read.
Treat yourself to a bath bomb from Lush or Bomb Cosmetics or just some ordinary bubble bath, it doesn't have to cost the earth as long as you like the smell and the effects of said product, and go run yourself a long bath. Get a face mask on (they are super cheap to pick up in sachets if you don't have any laying about - go outside, take a walk to town and buy one - combining tips here!) and just relax. Take a book or your tablet, being careful with both, and just take a little time out of life, even if it's only for 10 minutes. This is useful to do at night as it will relax you ready for sleep, but if you're in a bad mood it will help soften the mood slightly. Relaxing is one of the hardest things to do when you're stressed or sad so take your time to find the right product and routine for these days, but remember it for future use.
MY TIP: Reading is one of my favourite things to do when stressed, it takes your mind away from reality, it also helps me sleep.

5. Music, blast it loud, or listen quietly.
Everyone loves music right? Correct. I like listening to music where I can relate to the lyrics and when I'm sad, that often doesn't cheer me up, however, it is still comforting for me to hear. And then once I'm finished feeling sorry for myself I like to put on something more upbeat and more uplifting. You can also incorporate tip 2 in with this too, put something on that you can dance too, even if you don't feel like dancing, the uplifting music will encourage you to dance around like an idiot and don't be scared or back away from the feelings of wanting to dance. YOU DANCE. Laugh at yourself after, this is what I do a lot, and it will cheer you up, I promise you that.
MY TIP: Artic Monkeys | R U MineLily Allen | Hard Out HereBruno Mars | TreasureMeatloaf | Bat Out Of HellThe Wonder Years | Came Out Swinging1975 | ChocolateSimple Minds | Don't You Forget About MeThe Human League | Don't You Want Me

I've been contemplating writing this blog post for a good month or so now but always decided not to do it, I didn't want it to fall into the 'hype' that more popular bloggers are falling into. The whole stereotypical 'dealing with anxiety posts' - there's nothing wrong with them, I must make that point. There isn't anything wrong with them, I just don't want to fall into the bandwagon with it all if that makes sense. With that being said, I really hope this helps some of you guys, knowing I've made one persons life that little bit easier means the world to me.

If you have any additional tips to share please do, I'm looking at making this a little series as I still have a few more tips up my sleeve and I'd like to include some inspiration from you guys too!


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