Everyone has bad days – especially on Mondays (or is that just us?) Sometimes all that’s required is a little TLC to have you back on track. Hectic schedules, schoolwork and sports commitments can mean that we don’t ever stop and just relax. Here’s some suggestions for building a bit of ‘me-time’ into your routine.
Once a week, plan to soak in the bath for at least half an hour. This might mean making an appointment in your diary to ensure you do it. Light some candles, use bath foam and create mountains of bubbles. Switch off your cellphone and leave it in another room. Background music is optional. Enjoy.
Face masks, manicures…Whatever takes your fancy. And you don’t need to go out to a fancy salon, just buy a DIY face mask from the pharmacy and enjoy. And if you can’t find anyone to help with your nails, learn to do a manicure yourself – it’s an invaluable life skill!
Take some savings and spoil yourself – just a bit. It doesn’t need to be clothes or shoes. It can be that new game you wanted, or the diary you saw last week. Just treat yourself!
Baking is not for everyone, but it tends to be easier than cooking, and the satisfaction of seeing that cake or muffin grow out of the basic ingredients can give you a wonderful sense of achievement. The only sucky part is the cleaning up afterwards, so try to avoid using every utensil and bowl in the kitchen.
Find something creative that you really like doing, like painting, drawing, scrapbooking or colouring in. Create a space for you to do this in, and do a little bit whenever you get the chance.
A day out
Go for a day out doing something new or visiting somewhere you’ve never been before. They say a change is as good as a holiday!
Invite your friends over for a movie night, or rent a really sad DVD, watch it all alone and ugly cry. Crying can be therapeutic.
Spend time with animals
If you are fortunate enough to have a pet, spend some time with them. Animals are great mood-boosters. Take your dog for a walk, or give your cat a brush. The love and appreciation they will show you in return can’t help but cheer you up.
Do something for someone else
When you feel down this can be the last thing you feel like doing, but helping someone out can really give you a great sense of satisfaction (and help them too!) Volunteering at a charity organisation like the SPCA is definitely an option, but you could just do something as simple as helping your mum do the washing up. Helping people really does lift your mood.