Hi friends

How are you today? Having a good day? No? I totally feel you. I had a bad day yesterday. Just feeling really ‘meh’ all day, not my usual self. Maybe it’s the depressing weather here or I don’t know what. Sometimes it’s just like that. It made me think what small things brighten up my day so I came up with the following seven ways. In case you’re having a ‘meh’ day today as well, I’m with you. And maybe some of those ideas might inspire you and make it a little better again.

If you have any other tips, let us know in the comments below! Bye!

#1 Make your bed when you wake up

It sounds SO SO stupid yet just the fact of doing it (and let’s be honest it only takes you less than a minute) will make you start your day on a productive note.

#2 Tackle your most daunting task first

When you prioritze your to do list and place your most dreaded task at the top, its power no longer looms over you all day. Whatever it is, once you check it off your list, you’ll feel so accomplished and ready to take all the other tasks on.

#3 Do something thoughtful for someone else

Doing something nice for someone else is scientifically proven to make your day better. Call or message a friend, send your grandparents a handwritten card, pay for your friend’s coffee at the café, bring your mother a bunch of flowers, the list is endless. Not only will this help take your mind off of whatever is bothering you, but it will also make someone else’s day better.

#4 Listen to your favorite song on repeat

Do you have a favorite song that you like to listen to when you’re in need of positive vibes? If not, it’s time to find one. Scientific American reports that “music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort, and may even promote metabolic efficiency.” So. Today’s to do: Find a go-to power song, or go the extra step and create a playlist so that you’ll never run out of options.

#5 Say “please” and “thank you”—and mean it

Being kind is important, right? Being kind AND sincere is even better. The more genuine kindness you offer to others, the more genuine kindness you’ll see in return. Hold the door for a stranger today, thank people for their efforts at work, say “please” when you order your morning coffee, smile AND MEAN IT.

#6 Have a relaxing bath

Rather than having that quick shower, make some me time (read more on how to practice self-care here) and have a bubble bath. You can also do a face or hair mask or whatever makes you feel good! It is a great treat after a long and hard day.

#7 Sniff something lemon-fragranced 

Yep, you read that right. To improve your day, simply sniff a lemon, light a lemon scented candle or get yourself a citrusy perfume. Scientists at Tel Aviv University suggest that citrus fragrances – particularly lemon – can alleviate depression and boost our mood. Why that is? The smell of a lemon boosts your levels of serotonin (a feel-good hormone) and lowers levels of norepinephrine (a stress hormone).

3 Comments

  1. peter zottl April 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Small but surely important seven steps you post that make one “feel good” …or at least: better. ..wise girl :-)….do like “saying please & thank you” : being considerate with people ….what about going for a walk or jog or a coffee, gardening ( cleaning the weeds is cathartic 😉 , sitting in the sun on a garden bench a pleasure )..hm, well…..reading your daughter’s blog also brightens one up :-)))..love & big hug from your dad

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  2. Marketa May 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Hi Sandra, great tips!:) Making your bed is more important than anyone thinks, it really works! As for the tip 2 – tackling the daunting tasks first – in Czech we call such activity “to swallow a frog”. It doesn’t sound very cheerful or logical, and it really scared me when my husband told me this morning: “I just need to swallow one little frog and then I am off to work,” but I have to say – start your day with swallowing a frog and it cheers you up, because you managed to get rid off the most unpleasant task first and there is nothing to shadow your beautiful day 🙂

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    1. sandra.zottl - Site Author May 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Marketa, yay! So nice to read from you. And so interesting about the “frog swallowing”, I didn’t know that. Hope you’re doing well. I meant to ask you how everything is going with the applications! I’m struggling a bit;-) Would be nice to see you at the Get Together on Wednesday, if you’re around! Have a lovely day!

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