pick yourself up

8 ways to pick yourself up after a bad start to the day

Today I broke my own rule. I started the day by looking at the news.

Bad idea.

Coronavirus. Lockdown. Racism. Murder. Donald Trump. Economic crisis.

You name it, it was happening in the news this morning and it took everything I had not to crawl back under the duvet and just sleep the day away.

But with work to do (and also not wanting to spend the rest of my day feeling really shitty) I knew I had to pull it back before it was too late!

So I quickly made a mental list of all the things I could do to help boost my mood and get my day back on track and I thought I’d share this with you in case you’ve had a crappy morning too.

So if you need to find the motivation to pick yourself up, get started and change your outlook on the day, try one (or all) of these.

1. Do some exercise

Is there a better way to let go of the stresses of the world than to sweat it out? Whatever your favourite workout is, be that going for a run, a HIIT workout or some chilled morning yoga, a good exercise sesh can have such a positive impact on the rest of your day.

2. Meditate and be mindful

Give yourself some time to just let go of the world. You could find a quiet spot to meditate (maybe outdoors if the weather is nice) or even just take five to sit and have a cup of tea and give yourself some time to reflect. Breathing exercises can be a great way to help clear your mind and they don’t have to take long. In just a few minutes you can change your whole outlook on the day.

3. Have a clean up

OK, I’ll admit I can be guilty of leaving last night’s washing up until the next day and this is never a fun thing to have to stare at all morning, especially when you’re mood is already low. That’s why I like to take 10 minutes when I get up to have a quick clean up so I have a tidy space to enjoy for the rest of the day. In particular, I find making the bed early always helps me to feel like I’m heading for a productive day, do you get that?

4. Shower

Such a small thing that we take for granted but having a shower can quickly help you to pick yourself up and feel refreshed, which is all it takes to change your perspective on the whole day.

5. Get dressed

I LOVE pyjamas. I wish it was socially acceptable to wear my Muppet trousers and oversized Stranger Things T-shirt everywhere. But sadly it’s not and actually sitting about in your pyjamas all day can have a negative effect on your mood if you’re already struggling. By getting dressed (even if it’s in yoga pants and a baggy hoodie) you’ll probably find you quickly feel more productive and prepared for the day.

6. Go for a walk

Going for a walk and getting some fresh air can help to clear your mind. Maybe choose somewhere nice to walk like the beach (if you live nearby) or your local park. Or, if you’re short of time, even just a walk around the block can help to reset your thinking and get your endorphins flowing. 

7. Make a to-do list

Sometimes when I’m feeling stressed out writing a list helps me to clear my mind and give myself a bit of direction for the day ahead. Plus I bloody love writing a list! Start by writing down a few things you’d like to accomplish during the day. These don’t even have to be big things. It’s perfectly acceptable to write smaller tasks like making your bed or calling your mum. Just being able to check things off your list, no matter how small they seem, can be the pick-me-up you needed.

8.  Do your most important task first

Are you a procrastination pro? Because I know I am! I can distract myself for hours doing non-essential things whilst convincing myself I’m being productive. But this is not helpful, so if you’ve got something important or time-consuming that you need to do, perhaps you’ve been putting it off for while – get it done first thing! This will give you a huge sense of achievement for the day, but it also frees up your time later to relax without having it hanging over your head like a grey cloud.

It’s time to pick yourself up!

It’s never too late to bring your day back. No matter how late in the day you get started, the point is that you got started.

And some of these things are so simple, but you’d be amazed at just how quickly these small gestures can make all the difference to your outlook.

So choose one, or choose to do them all! But just try to pick yourself up and get started, otherwise, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself in a guilt spiral by about lunchtime, having achieved very little that day.



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