Being ill or under the weather sucks. Being constantly run down, poorly or going through a stressful period in your life can have a negative effect on our mood. This can lead to feeling down, depressed or just plain rubbish. I've had more than my fair share of illness this winter and have have been suffering with a rather awful bout of labyrinthitis (an inner ear infection that makes me sick and dizzy - bit like vertigo). Suffering with ill health or just generally feeling bogged down with life can take its toll, it's miserable being miserable but there are a number of ways we can help ourselves feel so much better.
The best way to pick yourself up after being poorly or going through a rough time is to stay positive. Easier said then done sometimes; but a healthy mind is a happy one and the best way to beat the blues is to try and stay upbeat.
- I try to always look on the bright side and turn a bad situation in to something good. Now I'm not a saint or anything - I'm talking about the little things - yes you might not have the energy to leave the house, but on the plus side you might have time to watch the rest of that boxset you've been meaning to finish and possibly start that book you've been to busy to read. Or maybe it's just been good to have a few make up free days to let your skin have a break. There's always a plus side.
- Give yourself something to look forward to. Arrange to meet some friends, organise a get together, book those cinema tickets or just schedule some well deserved me time. Having something to look forward to no matter how big or small can help you get through the day.
Make Some Tiny Lifestyle Changes
A few positive changes can make all the difference to our health and well being
- Drinking more water is my number 1 tip. I've been drinking at least eight glasses a day and I honestly fee so much better for it. Dehydration effects our skin, hair, state of mind, and energy levels. If like me you forget to drink water - (Tea is always more appealing), why not try buying yourself a pretty glass, keep it on your desk to make sure you're drinking enough throughout the day.
- Cutting down on alcohol can really help too I'm not an alcoholic or anything but do enjoy a glass or red or two most evenings. Wine helps me to relax which is not a bad thing but now I just stop at one, and feel less groggy in the mornings!!
- Take a walk. Now that spring is upon us and the weather is warming up a little, why not walk to the shops instead of drive. I walk my son to school everyday - (well maybe not everyday especially when its raining but I try to most days). It's only 5 minutes down the road but fresh air, exercise and a little chat on the way help set me up for the day. I'm really lucky that I live near the sea and love popping down after a rough or stressful day and just breathing in the sea air. As cliche as it sounds it really does work wonders.
- Drive with the window open. Again - much easier to do now its Spring. I'm so guilty of wacking the heating up on my drive to work so I feel nice and cosy - but actually just having the window open slightly makes me feel heaps better and helps wake me up in the morning.
- Have an early night. A good nights rest will really help your mood the next day. Put down your phone, record those TV shows you want to watch and snuggle up in your favourite pjs. I'm loving 'This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray' it helps me drift off quicker, have a calm restful sleep and feel so much fresher in the morning.
A little treat goes a long way. Now I'm not saying buy yourself that Givenchy bag just because you've had a cold (well by all means do it the bank balance allows) a little treat no matter how small can make all the difference and why shouldn't do something that makes us happy now and again.
- Take some time for yourself. A long hot candlelit bath, (with or without that glass of wine) can relax even the most stressed and poorly souls. In my humble opinion L'occitane does the most amazing lavender bubble bath. But Soap and Glory is also a winner when the budget is tight!
- There's nothing wrong with picking up your favourite magazine with the weekly shop, or maybe that extra large bag of malteasers has my (sorry your) name on it. Chocolate makes everything better.
- If I've been really poorly then a new pair of shoes always cures my blues and really lifts my spirits. Maybe those ones in your TopShop wishlist should make it into your basket after all.
- Paint your nails, feeling polished (see what I did there) gives us confidence and brightens your mood. There's tons of gorgeous nail trends for spring - nudes and pastels are always a safe bet or a slick of bright red can really brighten your day.
- Book a mini facial or get your hair trimmed. Being pampered is so relaxing and a fresh trim will help put a spring in your step.
A little Health Kick
Getting over an illness or coming out of a stressful period of your life can lower our immune systems and just generally make us feel blurgh all the time. A little health kick maybe just what you need.
- Take some vitamin supplements - now I'm no doctor so won't risk highly recommending any - but for me Vitamin B6 and Vitamin D helps boost my general mood and stops me feeling grumpy all the time. Vitamin C is great for the immune system, and Iron tablets help combat tiredness, and fatigue. Multivitamins are great for everything (obvs). Pop to your nearest Holland and Barrett and ask the lovely assistants what's best for you.
- Cut down on caffeine such a hard one for me as I love tea and coffee but replacing one of your daily cups with water might just make you feel a little better. If you can't bear to give up then switch to decaff or green tea.
- Drink more smoothies and Juices. The easiest way for to make sure you've had me 5 a day is to top up by drinking a smoothie. Plus they are packed with vitamins and goodness.
- Take some exercise. You don't need to join a fancy gym to get fit. Get on your bike, go for a little run or if you prefer the comfort of your own home You Tube has some pretty awesome workouts. I love Cassey Ho Pilates, she's insane and packs a killer workout.
When life gets tough or you've been struck down with bad health it's easy to forget things and get behind at work. Especially if your minds not in the right place.
- Write a list. I'm a total list freak. Making lists helps me remember everything and stay on top of my workload, plus ticking things off is so satisfying.
- Prioritise. After making a list, set about prioritising your work. Pay those bills, write those birthday cards, pick up your dry cleaning and flag those emails you need to reply to. Just get to it.
- Plan ahead. I tend to plan my work, family and social commitments weekly, Having a calendar helps massively for this. Blog planning I do monthly and have a couple of planners to help keep my notes and ideas all in one place.
- Scheduling your social media can be a godsend and something I'm only just making good use of. This can save so much time and really help if your a blogger to promote your posts.
So not rocket science, but hopefully there's some tips here that can help you stay healthy and positive after either getting over ill health or going through a bad time in life. Thankfully spring is here (well almost) and the warmer sunny days will help lift our spirits and boost our morale.
What's your favourite tip to stay positive and healthy?
Hope you all have a bright and healthy day.
Love L xxx