The 3 best ways to cheer yourself up

1. Relax and clear your mind of all things stressy – be it personal stress, work stress or the world’s stress (and there’s been plenty of that recently). Make yourself comfortable. For me, that’s either in bed, on the sofa or at my desk. Bearing in mind the next bit involves writing implements, I’d choose the desk. Listen to something that will take you away from outside pressures. I choose to listen to something amazing on Audible. I love Audible. Honestly don’t know how I would survive if I didn’t have that little piece of lusciously listenable loveliness. So, pick a novel, non-fiction, self-help, a podcast, anything you fancy. Then, so you don’t fall asleep while listening (not that there’s anything wrong with that normally, but this is about cheering yourself up, not about relaxing so much you doze off) do something with a pen or a pencil in your hand. You might choose to colour something in (I’ve always loved colouring in, even before it was fashionable for ‘grown-ups’ to do it – I’m basically a 10-year-old-50-year-old) or Zentangle or make a dog’s dinner of practise some calligraphy writing, or anything similar. The only piece of advice I would give is to not listen to something that has you sobbing your heart out. It makes a terrible mess of whatever you’re doing.

2. Again, make yourself comfortable, but this time, listen to some music – maybe check which Spotify playlist you have on before you start. Perhaps just double triple check that you’re not listening to the song that you have planned (in your head) for your funeral. Crying your heart out isn’t necessarily the right way to relax. Crying can be good for you, but is it relaxing? In my experience, a good crying session used to involve my BFF, a bottle of Bacardi and a sherry trifle. Not the sort of relaxation I’m talking about here.

3. Buy yourself something nice – but maybe not on payday.

Especially when you’ve done a bit of overtime this week *cough* …

This state tends to lead to internal dialogues that go something like this:

I need a new bag for work.

No you don’t.

Yes, I do.

Ok, buy one.

The main problem with this, is that the new bag is just a gateway to further items. Once you’ve bought the bag (it’s due tomorrow, don’t tell Mr RR) you look at other things you need want.

In my case, this month, I have mostly invested in a new wormery.

Don’t ask.

Feeling relaxed yet?

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