I must confess…10 pick me ups
A few years ago I shared my guaranteed pick me ups. Two years down the track and they are all pretty much still my go-to strategies when I’m feeling down. However there are a few new ones to add to the list. So here’s my updated list of my 10 guaranteed pick me ups.
10 Guaranteed Pick Me Ups
- Trash TV – at the moment I’m catching up on Once Upon a Time and Jessica Jones. I’m also enjoying Arrow, The Flash, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Madam Secretary and Blindspot. There really is something soothing and immensely satisfying about sitting in front of the idiot box for a few hours and leaving your own troubles behind.
- Go-to DVDs – I’m not watching DVDs much at the moment but I still rely on my old faves when I do feel the urge to just have a few hours away from reality.
- Upbeat music – this is still a guaranteed pick-me-up and always will be. My favourites playlist is full of 70s, 80s and 90s gold. Funky, poppy and created to make me move to the music and bring a smile to my dial. Guaranteed.
- Getting Social – soaking up the energy of others does make me feel better. I’m an extrovert and come alive when I socialise. I do have a tendency to want to hide away when I’m feeling down so I need to push myself to go out there and remind myself that it will make me feel better.
- Kiddie Cuddles – look, these never get old. Having real big hugs with your kids are like magic – it’s almost like a transference of energy takes place between you and, suddenly, you feel better. I love kiddie cuddles.
- Exercise – having a walk, jogging on the mini tramp or a ride on the exercise bike really gets the endorphins flowing. I’ve come to rely on doing some form of exercise everyday. For a few months there it was hard as I recovered from knee surgery and couldn’t do any real exercise so I’ve come to look forward to my physio sessions as it’s the closest I’m going to get to real exercise for a while yet.
- Water – I’ve developed a real love of water, ever since I experienced the perfection of the Caribbean Sea. I love looking at it. I love being in it. I love the smell of it and the feel of it. It soothes and invigorates me simultaneously, as strange as that sounds. It definitely picks me up, whether I’m feeling low or feeling drained.
- Pugs – what can I say? My pugs, Evie and Mandie, make me smile, every single day. Pictures of pugs, memes, and weird & wonderful pug branded items also raise my mood and pick me up, even when I’m in the lowest of low moods. Pugs are awesome!
- Being outside – just going outside, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin and the fresh air enveloping me is guaranteed to make me feel more alive and happier. If I’m struggling to write or to think clearly, I take my laptop outside and suddenly everything seems brighter & lighter.
- Debriefing with my husband – when I’m down, stressed, confused or overwhelmed there’s no-one I’d rather turn to than my husband. He is my rock and grounds me with his (at times) infuriating good sense and unfailing good advice. I always feel better after talking things over with him x
What are your guaranteed pick me ups? Have you needed to employ them recently with the craziness of the end of the year closing in on us all?
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