Sometimes it’s just really hard to kick a depressive episode, or to put words to paper! I’m not saying that this is a cure-all guide, but I think the small things can make a big difference in mood. Or cure Writer’s block. (Hint. Hint.)
- Take a shower (Or a bath)
- The fresh scent of your Piña Colada shampoo.
- How clean your feet feel when you see those dirty footsteps in the tub.
- Singing it out.
- Pretending that your tears are water droplets (Or just, y’know, ugly-crying. It’s cathartic.)
Bonus points: Throw a towel in the dryer before your shower so you can dry off like an Olympian.
- Get some sunshine (preferably morning sunshine)
- Your body actually has a sixth sense for heat; it’s called thermoception.
- Morning sunshine is even better because the air is usually crisp and cool.
- Wear those sunnies to hide your puffy eyes.
- Pretty much any outdoor activity is acceptable (yes, even laying on the ground).
Bonus points: Throw in some headphones and listen to “Sunshine” by Matisyahu, it’s a nice upbeat song that lets you pretend you’re on a beach in Jamaica.
- Free to do.
- Looks good on your resume.
- Making other people happy can lead to happy thoughts or story ideas.
- You can say, “I like to volunteer!” when people ask you the dreaded question, “What do you like to do in your free time?”
Bonus points: Try to find a volunteer position that has lots of human contact – socialization is food for the soul and soul food = words.
- Dance party
- Kind of counts as exercise.
- Happy songs work the best (think “Ma Ya Hi”).
- Great practice for weddings and dance battles.
- Stops overthinking in its tracks.
Bonus points: All you need is a light switch and a phone and your room can become a club.
- Cook some delicious food
- Quesadillas count.
- This stimulates three senses: taste, smell, and thermoception!
- Food gives you energy. Energy makes the brain go.
- Just try to avoid eating in bed. Nobody wants crumbs.
Bonus points: Use a plate and silverware if you’re feeling extra fancy.