Mental Health

Quick Spirit Lifters

By Kenza

Lately, I've been kind of struggling with keeping my head up and looking at the world from a positive perspective. It's not an easy world out there, and I figure we can use all the help we can get even if it's something as small as painting your nails or buying flowers. 

I have compiled a list of things that I do whenever I get in the dark place or down on myself, that help me get just a little happier and less heavy.

1.) Put on comfy pants

2.) Take off pants (these are almost always unnecessary)

3.) Paint your nails - you'd be surprised how much this makes you feel like you've got your life together.

4.) Solo dance party - I tend to put on whatever cheesy Top 40 song is on the radio and jump around my apartment (sorry neighbors!)

5.) Go buy yourself some fresh flowers - this really brightens me up and it gets me out of my apartment which is sometimes all you need.

6.) Go for a hike - short or long, as long as you're moving and taking in some fresh air.

7.) Talk to someone - luckily my sister begged my parents to have me, so I've got a built in buddy, but everyone needs someone they can vent to sometimes.

 

8.) Go out dancing - recently a good friend of mine took me to Capitol Hill in Seattle and we danced all night. It was so fun and when you're with your friends dancing on top of a table it's hard to be sad.

9.) Take a bath - go to Lush and get whatever bath bomb speaks to your soul and buy it, they make baths so interesting and you leave feeling fresh and like you bathed in money (because let's face it, you did).

10.) Give yourself a facial - I don't know about you but when my skin is a mess, nothing feels right. So go grab one of those Sephora masks and throw on some good music and treat yo self.

11.) Candles + tea - this combination for me is like instant relaxation, I think it has something to do with the ritual of making tea and lighting candles that calms me down and then I just sit back and enjoy it.

12.) Cry - sometimes you just need to listen to Adele and cry until you feel better, but once you feel better, let yourself feel better. Don't dwell. Feel it, but let it go once it's done.