According to the general media, today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. With a lack of sunlight, Christmas and our pay packets feeling long gone, people are apparently feeling a bit glum.
Since I'm a big believer in positive attitudes and finding the good in things, I thought it was about time for another of my Mini Happies lists. In case you're new around these parts (in which case, welcome, welcome oh lovely newcomer), a Mini Happy is just what it sounds like. Something small/simple that gives you pleasure. So, a trip to DisneyLand would be a Massive Happy, but a cold can of diet coke with a pink straw = Mini Happy. You get it, you're the clever sort, I can tell these things.
So, if you're feeling the pinch a little bit this month, here are some inexpensive Mini Happies to keep a smile on your face.
Use your stocks. Who doesn't have half a bottle of bubble bath floating around? Or a facemask sachet that could do with being used? Or that bath ballistic you've been saving for a special occasion? Make today the day you use them. Firstly, you'll feel all softy smooth smooth but secondly, there's a great deal of satisfaction in finishing a product. Waste not want not.
Organise. Are all your nail polishes just chucked haphazardly in a drawer? Uh oh. Find a box large enough and stand them in a happy manner. Then cut up some labels, dot a little of each colour, adhere dotted label onto corresponding lid and voila, your manicure kit is proud and loved. I'm actually in the process of doing this so look out for a blog post soon!
Make a list. Lists are a fantastic way of laying out important points and helping you see certain situations more clearly. I am a massive list lover. I feel lost in a day without a To Do list and I regularly have other categories too. Why not make a list of things you have enjoyed/achieved so far this month? Or things you have planned/want to plan for the rest of the year? You'll soon find your mood lifting.
Plan. Much like with the above point, by planning something you want to achieve/do this year, you will have something to look forward to or aspire to. It's a proud feeling when you achieve your goals and working towards them offers a lot more satisfaction than you might have thought. Pride and satisfaction in what you have done are both very positive and that's what we're all about today.
Do good. Just as receiving gifts/love/attention is nice, so is giving. Text your chum just to say, 'Happy Monday', tell your parents you appreciate something they have done for you lately or drop a work colleague an email telling them they look lovely today. By giving out positivity, you'll find a great deal more comes back your way.
Other things I like to do to lift my spirits are browse Pinterest, take photographs, eat something naughty (not advocating comfort eating though- very bad really), making wishlists on clothing websites, taking Baby Glitter out for a brisk walk to blow away the cobwebs, treating myself to a crisp new magazine, blogging and skyping far away pals.
So my lovely Sprinklerinos, don't feel blue, there is so much you can do for little money and effort that will have you feeling chipper in no time.
I'd love to hear some of your mood elevating ideas in the comments.
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