Monday blues? Womp womp. Sometimes, a girl just needs an extra dose of happy. Here are five quick things you can do immediately to help get you there.
1. Get out.
Step away from your Facebook and Instagram! FOMO is the LAST thing you need to be dealing with right now, so do yourself a favor and just…don’t. Instead, get out of the house! Whether you hit the gym for a sweat sesh (yay endorphins!), head to Starbucks for your favorite drink, or simply opt for a sunny walk around the block, changing your scene can majorly change your attitude.
2. Pet a puppy.
Pet a puppy. Or a kitten. Or hold a baby. Whatever you do, the important part is making contact. Petting a critter is the ultimate in stress relief, and a perfect way to unwind. Animals’ unconditional love has even been linked to help with depression by improving mood and decreasing tension! It’s science-backed, guaranteed to work. No pet of your own? Hit up a humane society!
3. Call someone.
With texting, iChat, twitter, and Snap Chat, making an actual phone call can seem like the last thing you need (or want!) to do to keep in touch with your favorite people. Talking on the phone isn’t “cool” anymore. In fact, many of us–myself included–have come to loathe it. This being said, suck it up and call someone you love! Actually TALKING to someone you care about all but guarantees an instant mood boost, even if you initially dread it.
4. Pamper yourself.
Never underestimate the importance of “me time”. While scheduling a blow-out, massage, or mani-pedi pretty much promises the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, DIY-ing similar treatments can have an equal improvement on your state of mind. My ultimate at-home pampering routine? A candlelit bubble bath with a side of ‘Scandal’. Works every time.
5. Retail therapy.
When all else fails, buy something. While this option is admittedly not the most wallet friendly (or sustainable…) it always seems to get the job done, no matter how small the purchase! Seriously–sometimes a $1.00 tattoo choker necklace feels as good as a $200 pair of jeans. Online or in-person, just go for it. Treat yourself, girl! You deserve it.
What are your go-to happiness tips and tricks?