Saturday, 10 September 2011

The Girls' Guide To: Pulling Yourself Out Of A Funk



♥ Get a dog called Daisy. She will make it impossible for you to feel sad when she's around. She will leap on your knee, attempt to lick your face and make you feel like you're the most important person in the world. All just because you've come home from work

♥ Put your favourite music on full blast. Dance. Sing. Cry. Laugh. Just feel. For the last few months I've spent so long feeling numb. Anything is better than numb, for me at least

♥ Make plans. Plan weekends away, nights out, days out, holidays, dinners with friends. Make the effort to get in touch with people you don't see often enough. It's so tempting to hide away when you're feeling low but this will only result in you reaching for that second tub of Ben & Jerry's. That, my friends, is a COLD, HARD FACT

♥ Smile at strangers. Seriously. Some will think you're crazy but a lot will smile back. Sharing a smile with a complete stranger is one of my favourite ways to brighten up my day

♥ Put on your favourite dress and a pair of killer heels. Even if it's only to go to the shop in. Or even just to stay in, in. I hoovered in my favourite French Connection dress and a full face of make up the other day. Oh yes I did

♥ Have a party for one on your sofa. Get a DVD of your favourite TV series (fyi, Peep Show, Monkey Dust, Inbetweeners, Oz, Law & Order: SVU and The City all work for me), grab some nail varnish, a face pack, some snacks (crisps if I'm being bad, fresh berries if I'm being virtuous) and bask in the glory of a day spent doing nothing at all

♥ Run. Swim. Exercise. It never fails to make me feel better. If I haven't done any exercise for a while then I know I'm not in a good place because, for me, nothing lifts my spirits quite like feeling that I'm doing something good for me. A boozy dance off comes a close second though, obviously

♥ Go for a walk and take some photographs. Write a letter and fill it with glitter. Paint a picture and hang it on the wall. Bake a cake and give it to your friends or work colleagues. Creativity is an excellent funk-getter-outer-of

♥ Do some volunteer work. There's nothing quite like helping someone else to lift your mood and make you feel pretty damn good. Win-win situation

♥ And, finally... accept that it's ok to not be ok. Don't beat yourself up about it or feel like you're alone. You're not. If you need to wallow, wallow. But limit the wallowing. Give yourself an end date. 


16 comments:

Sarah Rooftops said...

Great advice. Especially the last one - people don't admit that enough, but sometimes we all just need a bit of a break when we can hide away and sleep our stresses off. I spent last week doing that and felt much more clear headed come Monday for it.

Cat said...

Ha, I had a bit of a sofa party last night - pizza, Kettle chips, face-mask, Cadbury's Giant Buttons and trash telly. Who cares that Friday nights are supposed to be for going out dancing? Today I feel all the better for it and am looking forward to getting my glad rags on later.

PS. I want a cute doggie.

Ruby Anne said...

This is so lovely :) xx

Lil said...

I think this is a lovely post. I had big problems earlier in the year with anxiety problems which lead to a brief bout of depression. It was things like getting up every day and taking the effort to put a full face of make-up on and making plans with people that helped me get out of it.

I've just relocated to Leeds to live with my boyfriend and it's hard being friendless and jobless in a new city which is really far from home, so this post came just at the right time for me. Thank you!! Xx

beth. said...

aw, nicest (and most useful tehe!) post ever. will keep this in mind whenever I feel down!

ramz and the flock.

nicsnotebook.com said...

Fabby post - v useful for me atm!! Love Daisy the dog soo cute x

Claire | French for Cupcake said...

I've had a horrible, awful few weeks and I think this will help. Thanks <3 x

kirstyb said...

this is exactly what i needed to read today xxxx

Dawniepopsies said...

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Red Boots said...

This is such great advice - I wholeheartedly agree with it all! :)

Filipa said...

This is a great tutorial and a great post Helen! It's always good to have some plans to fall back onto if not feeling ok! :) Thank you, I really loved reading it!

Zoelee said...

Just what I needed to read right now. Thanks :)

Natalie said...

Great advice :-)

My personal favourite way of avoiding the blues is a mammoth hoard of ready salted crisps, Lilt and reruns of my favourite comedies (Friends, Will & Grace, How I Met Your Mother, etc)!

Nat x

goingplacestrip said...

Great post! Blogging is actually a work and I like very much your blogging work...

Lizzy said...

Daisy is a darling! I bet that little face can cheer you up like nothing else after a rubbish day. Also, I love a good sofa party. Grim crime dramas, popcorn and pyjamas are the perfect tonic to a funk!

G said...

Just discovered this post! I definitely needed to read it, I've been in a serious funk for the past few months (far too aware of the numb feeling) and you give some great advice :) Glad to see from your latest post that you're feeling better. Oh, and I was known in uni for blasting cheesy music and tidying in heels when I needed to, whatever works. xx