Ever start off life on a Monday morning with the single thought of just successfully making it through the day? Yes? Same.
However, although not committing murder on my first day back at work after the weekend is a real win for me, I need to have some pick me ups dotted throughout the rest of the week to keep me sane and save me wishing my days away.
Sometimes, it takes something tiny to lift my mood (dogs are wildly successful in this respect) and, other times, it can take something more (a pack of dogs, say). Regardless, I have a few things I can always fall back on.
|This will almost certainly be you on Friday.
I have a fb messenger group with my Mum and two sisters which makes me laugh every day, and I can look at photos of Doug the Pug dressed as a butterfly any time I’m feeling a bit down. I understand that not everyone will be buoyed by speaking to my family (you definitely would as they’re all mad), or dogs in human clothes, so you have to find something that works for you.
For what it’s worth, these are my tips on how you could improve your mood this week:
Put on Your Favourite Movie/Box Set:
I know, I know, you don’t have time to watch movies during the week. Me either. I do have time to stick something on in the background while I’m cleaning up or cooking, though. I only do this with something I’ve already seen, though, as new things require concentration and, well, that’s a capacity I just don’t have
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched Sherlock and Whitechapel and, yes, it really does cheer me up to watch people bring cuts into lots pieces and dumped on barren ground, only to be discovered by some random dog walker at an ungodly hour the following day. *Nothing* brightens up a dull Tuesday like some blunt force trauma serial killing. And the face of Rupert Penry-Jones. Obviously.
|If nothing else, at least you’re getting through the week without being murdered. Score!
Random Acts of Kindness:
This is something that has a positive impact, not only mood, but also those moods of others. And that’s a difficult thing to underestimate. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; it can be as simple as holding a door open for someone; having a friendly convo with the checkout operator in the local supermarket (thanks for putting up with my random chat, Co-op workers of Dolgellau…); saying a few kind words to a colleague or friend, giving someone a lift home, or just saying a quick ‘bore da’ as you pass in the street.
Don’t get me wrong; not everyone appreciates strange little Scottish women chatting to them in the town centre, but the vast majority of people do reciprocate and at least say hello. There are very few that stare, wide eyed, before diving into the nearest shop doorway in a desperate attempt to escape. If that makes their own day brighter, then I fully encourage them to go for it.
Social Media/Electronic Communication:
I’m quite introverted, so I tend not to use my phone to actually, well…phone people. What I do use it for is to email, text, whatsapp, snapchat, etc.
I find a thoroughly juvenile snapchat from me to a friend, or vice versa, will cheer me up no end. It does not help in any way with my productivity and derails a lot of my blogging time, but if I’m happy then that’s the main thing, right? If I then spend the next week worrying excessively that I have no blog posts or clean clothes, then that’s a problem for next week and I’ll then need more Snapchats to get me through that. I feel I’m not explaining this as well as I should be…
What I’m trying to say is make contact with a friend, relative, or by all means, contact a complete stranger if you want a restraining order and a visit from the local Heddlu. Don’t let pesky laws stop you. I’m joking, of course. Please stick to people you actually know.
Something Old, Something New:
I am a huge fan of charity shopping (as detailed here) and can often be found rooting around my local stores in Dolgellau, finding bargains and smiling away to myself like a mentally unstable person (which I almost certainly am anyway…) before gleefully paying £2.50 for a fabulously patterned Oasis skirt which would have set me back at least 10 times that, had I picked it up in store.
Although some stylish local resident has thoughtfully donated my eventual new skirt to charity; it’s still new to me. And this makes me happy. Someone gets rid of something they no longer want; the charity makes money from the sale, and I get to go home to a rather disinterested Les and excitedly show him yet another item to add to my ever expanding wardrobe.
I’m not advocating spending a fortune just to cheer yourself up a little, but my mood is undoubtedly boosted by getting myself a wee bargain on an otherwise miserable Wednesday afternoon.
|What the inside of my wardrobe looks like.
I know, I know; I almost hate myself for even suggesting it, but it does work. It might be a seemingly impossible task just to move your carcass off your seat, but I promise it’ll be worth it.
If you, like me, swing between doing All Of The Exercise and None Of The Exercise, this can be slightly challenging. I’m either completely geared up for it or the mere thought of going out for a run makes me want to copiously weep. I have no in between.
I know it’ll make me feel better, though, and so I drag my lifeless bones into what passes as an upright position and decide what form of exercise will suffice to improve my mood in the shortest time frame. This is usually cycling. At home, I might add. Not any of that sociable, out-on-the-roads-where-the-people-are kind of nonsense.
I can cycle 5 miles a day, whilst blogging or reading or, sometimes, by glaring at the electronic display on the bike and practically begging it to count down quicker. Do I enjoy it? No. Does it make me feel better? Yes. Do I then go downstairs and eat crisps so that I have completely wiped out any other benefit of my exercise? Also yes.
What do you do to improve your mood during the working week?