If you’ve been in a rut (or two or a hundred), you’d know how hard it can be to get back up on your feet only to land on your bum once again. But life’s funny (and rude) like that. You either ride the waves and have fun while you’re at it, or get the shit kicked out of you.
I’ve mastered quite a few tricks that make life less suck-y and well, much more happy. Best of all, they’re at zero charge.
Meet-up with an old buddy.
Doesn’t matter who and believe me, doesn’t really matter why. Just wanting to see them is a good enough reason to. Give an old friend a call and meet up with them. It will for sure bring back good memories that can lighten up your day instantly. Also, it relieves you of the stress you’re bearing as of the moment.
Take a long, relaxing bath.
Turn up the temperature, use that bath bomb you’ve been saving for weeks now, and hop right in. There’s nothing quite like a steaming bath before bed time. It not only makes you feel like a million bucks, it’s also literally an upgrade to your otherwise rushed morning routine—which is in itself a win.
Do a random good deed.
I know this is something we should all be doing on a daily basis, but since most of us got to try to at least make sense of life in general, it’s nice to go out of your way every once in a while to do good. Help the elderly trying to cross the street, give that kid a high-five and free skateboard lessons, rescue your neighbor’s cat. Anything. Make a difference.
Cook yourself a meal.
Be honest, when was the last time you ate something that isn’t takeaway? Even if you regularly busy yourself in the kitchen, take some time off and whip something extra special for yourself. (You can invite friends over, too, if you want!) It’s going to give you something else to think about entirely, and being able to eat a scrumptious lunch or dinner after makes the deal even sweeter.
Make a (feel good) playlist.
Any type of playlist works, of course. Just try and steer away from songs that’ll bring negative vibes. Make one of tunes you would normally listen to after a rough day, or one of all your favorite artists. Write the songs down on a cute little post-it and stick that on your corkboard so you never forget. Make other people playlists and ask your friends to make you one in return. Make a habit of it. I always find that my mixes bring me to my happy place. If done correctly (no definitive way, you make the rules), it should do the same for you.
Pay attention to the small details.
Busy jobs and busy lives; we all know what it looks like, what it feels like. However, every now and then, we should set aside time to just sit back and observe. How lucky we are to be breathing, how beautiful the sun is today, how love is all around, how clear the rest of our lives can become if we just paid attention to the wee bit details we would otherwise ignore. By nature, these details aren’t much, but it wouldn’t hurt if you gave some of your time to appreciate them—if anything, it’ll help relax your mind.
Do charity work.
Give some of your old clothes away or spend a day in the soup kitchen for the less fortunate. Sometimes all you need is a fresh pair of perspective; no better way to achieve this than through the eyes of those who need help—your help—the most. You’re getting rid of things you would no longer be using anyway and aiding someone else with time as your only investment. The feeling is priceless.
Visit your family and relatives. (Or have them visit you!)
There are days wherein you can’t really point a finger at it, but there’s this underlying feeling that something just isn’t right. Half the time, it’s not anything of actual importance but our anxiety nagging us. In moments like these, we need all the help we can get to feel grounded. Give your old chumps a call and pay them and your childhood home a visit, or have them come visit you. A fast-paced life can get a bit too much sometimes, and it’s important to know that whatever happens, you’ll have people to come home to every now and then (especially when you need it the most).
Wake up earlier than usual.
Not everybody likes getting up at the crack of dawn, I’m aware (hey, I’m no morning person!), but waking up earlier than usual means you’ll have extra time to do all the goods! Say, exercising and perfecting that wing. Also, contrary to popular belief, it makes you less cranky. Give the extra ten minutes to your awake-self and save the rest of your dream for the weekend, it’ll go a long, long way.
Learn something new.
You do not have to spend loads of money to learn a new skill, master a new hobby or improve at something you’re totally not good at. I repeat: you do not need money. Free online courses for anything and everything you could ever think of have arrived, and they’re here to stay. Invest in yourself, go do what you love, and be happy.