Do you ever wake up and feel off? Everything is fine but you're just not feeling it. Sometimes a bad day is just that ... a bad day! But it doesn't have to stay that way. Try these 10 simple ways to brighten your day:
1. OPEN THE WINDOWS
Throw open the windows in your house or roll them down in your car. A little fresh air will go a long way towards making you feel better.
2. TURN ON THE RADIO
If you only have time for one song, make it River by Leon Bridges. Or Carry Me Through by Dave Barnes. It's like pushing the reset button on your soul. And if you're looking for a full playlist, keep an eye out for our Better Days Playlist which is coming soon!
3. DETOX WITH SPA WATER
I'm a brownies-for-breakfast kind of girl. But I try to steer clear of mood-crashing sugar on rough days. Instead, I make a pitcher of detox water for breakfast. Then I pour it into a wine glass, close my eyes, and pretend I'm hanging out at the spa for a few minutes :)
Quick Recipe: Combine ice, water, mint cucumber, and lemon in a pretty pitcher!
4. TRY LUXURY HAND SOAP
Am I crazy for including soap on this list? Maybe. But I swear I feel happier every time I use Pecksniff's England Rose & Peony Hand Wash. I found it at my local T.J. Maxx for super cheap and it smells so. freaking. good!
5. BUY FRESH FLOWERS
For under $5, you can purchase a sweet multi-colored bouquet from your local grocery store that will brighten your day (and the rest of your week)! Just snip the ends and place them in clean water to keep them fresh.
6. SIGN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA
Have you ever heard the quote "Comparison is the thief of joy"? Social media makes it so easy to compare ourselves to other people! Try signing off for a day or two and let yourself focus on real life for a while.
7. GO FOR A WALK
Skip the gym today and take a walk outside instead. It will feel less like a chore and more like a much-needed recharging. I actually take a walk every single day for my sanity's sake :)
8. TAKE AN EPSON SALT BATH
Our muscles tense up when we're feeling moody. A warm Epsom salt bath will help your body (and your mind) relax. It's worth it, even if you have to wake up a few minutes early or go to bed a little later to make it happen.
9. HUG SOMEONE YOU LOVE
Hugging is proven to make us happier. It makes us feel more connected to the people we care about and significantly reduces our stress levels. I knew this long before I ever read a study on it. In fact, I give my husband and baby and family ridiculous amounts of hugs on a regular basis. So snuggle up to someone you love and hold on tight.
10. WASH YOUR LINENS
If the day is almost over and you're still not feeling it, strip the sheets and pillowcases from your bed and toss them in the wash. It feels so good to snuggle into freshly laundered linen after a long day. Breathe in the soothing scent of your detergent and know that tomorrow is bound to be a better day.