So while most people I know aren’t constantly belting ‘It’s The Hard Knock Life,’ the majority have heard of or seen the iconic show Annie. Having been in this production myself, I learned a great deal of valuable lessons. But the most important thing I learned was about happiness.
I learned that the sun will always come out tomorrow.
So when you’re feeling down, or having a bad day, take a deep breath. Close your eyes, relax, and follow these tips in order to make your sunshine a little brighter.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it really helps. If you’ve been having a bad day, nothing is more relaxing than a nice warm shower.
2. Brush Your Teeth
This might just be a weird habit of mine, but I always feel better after brushing my teeth. It’s almost like I’m cleansing a part of my body, and it just feels really good. So jump out of bed, and brush your teeth!
One of the most important things to do when you’re feeling down is to make sure you eat. When I’m feeling upset one thing I often do is cut down on my meals and that is very, very bad. Give yourself a treat. Order from that new Chinese restaurant, or eat that extra slice of cake. You deserve it.
Make sure to stay hydrated. That’s the first step (or fourth) to anything.
5. Warm Drinks
Nothing like some nice hot cocoa or tea to make you feel better on a rainy day.
6. Favorite Clothes
Get out of those icky work clothes and change into your nice PJs. It’s okay if you haven’t worn them since you were nine. Wear whatever you feel comfortable and cozy in, and I guarantee you’ll see improvement.
I know, it sounds terrible. But I promise, after the first few days it gets better. And after a while, it really starts to get better and can make a huge impact on your life.
8. Small –> Big
This is one of the most important lessons I have ever learned in my life. And that is this: the small things you do gradually turn into major things. In other words, doing stretches every morning will turn into a daily routine. Running ten minutes every day could turn into an hour every day. So keep at it, and don’t give up.
9. Find What You Love
I managed to find an amazing hobby at something I’d been doing for years. I’d been practicing this particular hobby of mine for a while, but suddenly it became an entirely different for me. It was my addiction, my life. Nothing felt as amazing to me as this, and I am eternally grateful because it really turned my life around. So please, find what you love and don’t ever let it go.
10. Brush Your Hair
Like the brushing your teeth thing, this is just something that I love. There’s just something comforting about getting the ragged knots out of your hair.
11. Clean Your Room
I know-yuck! But once you are in a clean environment, you’ll start to feel better as well.
To yourself, your best friend, or your dog. It doesn’t matter. Just talk about how you feel. Once you let it all out, you’ll feel better inside.
13. Start a journal
This is a personal little thing of mine that I love to do, but there’s so many different variations of this. You could make videos, do photography, start a blog-anything! Just find something that you can throw your entire heart and soul into.
14. Netflix It Out
Sometimes the best thing is to just sit back and watch seven seasons of Friends.
15. Set A Goal
And keep, it too. Maybe you want to get up every morning at 7:30. Maybe you want to climb Mount Everest. It doesn’t matter, just set a goal, and make a promise to yourself. And keep that promise, because someday you’ll be grateful you did.
I’ve never actually done this myself, but I’ve heard it can be really relaxing, and I imagine that it’s true. Just to be alone, outside in beautiful nature. It sounds breathtaking, doesn’t it?
This is something that I’ve semi-done, and believe me, it’s amazing. It’s totally relaxing, and can have a major effect on your life.
18. Unleash Your Inner Child
One of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling crappy is to throw on gorgeous clothes, blast my favorite pop music, and dance around my room. I make an effort to be worse every time. Yeah, it might be weird, but I love it, and it always makes me feel better. It reminds me of when I was seven, and would throw on a High School Musical cap and try to imitate all their moves. So find your inner kid, and unleash it!
If you’re tired, sleep. If you got less than six hours of sleep last night, sleep. If you want to sleep, sleep.
20. Play With Animals
Kind of a no-brainer, animals are better than humans right? Especially puppies. I’m not saying to go out and buy a dog, but go visit an animal shelter!
21. Stuffed Animals
Go out and buy a bunch! What more can I say? The cuddlier, the better!
22. Lean On A Friend
If you need to talk to someone, pick up that phone. If nothing’s making you feel better, go find your sister, your mom, your dad, your best friend–anyone that will help you feel better. Find someone who cares, and never let them go.
24. Kiss The Chef
A really useful skill, plus a delicious meal! Cooking is definitely worth learning, and is definitely something that will help you feel better in the long run.
25. Follow Your Heart
Some people follow their hearts, and some follow their heads. I can’t really say whether one’s better. But what I can say is that when you’re feeling sad, and all you want is a hug, go tell that boy you love him. Go apologize to your best friend, and go hug your mom like you haven’t seen her in a million years.
Because in the end?
It’ll all be worth it.
Don’t forget to like and comment below to tell me what you think. I love feedback, and if you try any of these tips, let me know how it works out for you.