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.

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10 Guaranteed Pick Me Ups

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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

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24 Responses

  1. Music and exercise really do make a difference…
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Guaranteed Pick Me Ups

  2. Zita says:

    Yep definitely agree with so many of yours!! I also find something soothing about sitting on the beach staring out at the ocean, and watching the sunrise… Even better! I don’t get to do it as often as I would like but relish it when I do!
    Zita recently posted..Christmas gifts for travellers

    • Kirsty says:

      Gosh, I haven’t done that in years. I remember quite a few mornings where I’d had a big night out and ended up on the beach watching the sun rise – what a way to bring in the day!

  3. Mumma McD says:

    Mine would be having a few drinks with a friend and venting until everything feels OK!
    Mumma McD recently posted..Dairy free toddler food ideas

  4. Trish says:

    My son and his fiance’ have Pugs and though we haven’t met them (they live in Melb) they look so darn cute.
    Trish recently posted..Taking Stock – November

  5. Vanessa says:

    My husband always has good and calm advice too. It’s infuriating sometimes! I linked up an old one today because it was on topic and it also reminds me I need to actually do the thing I said in it…I’ve started at least!
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  6. Julie says:

    I love trash TV too it’s the best with a cup of tea and a piece of dark chocolate.
    Julie recently posted..Making a Start and Mumpreneurs Business Directory

  7. Sot true 🙂 If I had a pug I’m sure playing with it would cheer me up! I play with my cat instead.
    lu @ looking for mama me recently posted..Easy DIY Christmas Project – Toddler friendly Christmas Tree decorations!

  8. My best pick me up is going for a walk at the beach. I’m lucky to live so close to the ocean. Just getting out in the fresh air and sunlight works wonders for me.
    Lyndall @SeizeTheDayProject recently posted..Exploring Italy – The beauty of Portofino

  9. Connecting with nature.. Like walking barefoot on the beach or running over grass makes the body come alive

  10. Definitely agree with these Kirsty, except I’ve never watched any of the TV shows you’ve mentioned! When we are feeling blah, we watch episodes of BBC comedies Black Books and Red Dwarf, guaranteed to get us smiling again 🙂

    (And if anybody knows how I can fix my comment luv to point to my latest post, instead of the latest comment on my blog, please let me know – it’s driving me nuts!)
    Janet aka Middle Aged Mama recently posted..Comment on 5 Reasons I am a Bad Blogger by Pinky Poinker

    • Kirsty says:

      I love those shows Janet! Red Dwarf was a staple of my high school & uni years and we have Black Books on DVD. Both very funny shows – love your taste!

  11. I love some good music to get me going as well and cuddles with Mr Sparky fix most things, which I guess makes him a keeper 😉 When feeling a bit down or hemmed in, getting out and taking photos is a good fix, especially of a new spot. Oh and time out reading is always good.
    Anne@GritandGiggles recently posted..Hazy Mountains

    • Kirsty says:

      I wish I loved taking photos as much as you Anne. But I always have time for a favourite read to get my mind back on track!

  12. I must confess – I love these pick-me-ups. Music and exercise – often together – makes a difference, although I love a walk on the beach, in the country or in the rainforest/bush as well. And always, being with my kids and pets make me happy. My friends always cheer me up even if the old anxiety means I’m a pain and have to be dragged out of the house sometimes. I always feel better when I make the effort to be with people who care about me and make me laugh.
    Bronnie – Maid In Australia recently posted..Where dreams do come true

    • Kirsty says:

      So true Bron – I’m exactly the same. I tend to want to hide away when I’m feeling down so making myself go out and be with others definitely does help (even if they sometimes do need to drag me out!)

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