1. Set down social media for a period of time. If you’re like me, setting it down for an hour is a huge accomplishment. We’ve all heard the studies-social media makes us more sad and depressed after we stalk others than happier. So, set down the phone and focus on something else. That book you’re reading, your job, or that movie you’re watching. Enjoy your latte without documenting it, go for a run without checking in at the park, or print that adorable picture of you and your bestie and put it on your desk instead of Instagram.
2. Get outside and move. Or inside a gym if that’s your thing. Because endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands.
3. Write a list of things that make you happy, and aim to do at least one of them per day. Maybe once a day is a stretch, but you should do something you love as much as possible. I love running, coffee, reading, being outside, and making lists, to name a few. When you are feeling especially down or in a funk, try to cross as many things off that happy list as possible.
4. Clean something. I know I can’t be the only one who feels like my world is a mess when my house/car/desk is a mess. By cleaning my room or taking care of those dishes that have been sitting in the sink, I feel like a weight is off my shoulders. With every room in my house that is organized, I feel a little more in control of my life. Even just making my bed in the mornings makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.
5. Take a nap, and then go to bed earlier tonight. Being sleep deprived does nothing for our crankiness. We all could use more sleep, so do whatever you can to turn in earlier. Squeeze in a nap if you can, and if you can’t, buy an extra shot in your coffee today, but then make a point to go to bed earlier tonight!
6. Tell someone you love that you love and appreciate them. It not only will make their day, but it will make you happier too. Call your mom, send your grandma a card, or e-mail your bestie at work and tell them you love them.
7. Tackle a to-do list. Make yourself a list of things you’d like to accomplish. Like, for instance sometimes my list is returning a phonecall or making a bank deposit. Simple things that you have been meaning to do and haven’t gotten to, but that are easy to do. This isn’t a list for a five year plan full of goals and steps, make a list that you can start crossing things off quickly, and get instant gratification for your superb productivity. I even heard once that instead of making a to-do list, at the end of the day, write down everything you’ve done and call it a Ta-Da List! Instantly, you can feel proud of your accomplishments, even if all that’s on the list is “Survived the day at work.” That’s something to be proud of, if you ask me.
8. If all else fails, get a spray tan. You have no idea the healing power of a good fake tan. It does wonders for my self-esteem, and makes me feel like a new woman. When I am too cheap to pay $20 bucks for a spray tan, I use Fake Bake self tanner and it is almost as great as a mystic tan. More work, but the same results.