1, Get outside for a walk, find a peaceful spot and stop. Breathe in the fresh air, look around you at nature awakening from her winter sleep. Use as many senses as you can to experience this peaceful moment and let it refresh and energise you.
2, Sit with a journal and a cup of herbal tea – something citrusy and zingy would be good, (or whatever you like to drink). Write a list of everything that you’re looking forward to this year. These don’t have to be huge unattainable goals, just little things that make you happy like family celebrations, trips out, the changing of the seasons, days off, new challenges, time spent with loved ones, new books, films and music, decorating or reorganising your living space; whatever excites and enthuses you. Revisit this list when you’re feeling low to remind you of everything you love and give you a positive focus.
3, Put on some music and sing and dance, no one’s watching, let yourself go!
4, Light a candle or two (safely) to remind you of the returning daylight. You could also try candle gazing: empty your mind, stare at the flame for a few minutes and see what imaged and thoughts drift into your consciousness.
5, Do something creative, it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece just enjoy creatively expressing yourself: doodle, draw, paint, use modelling clay, bake, cook, write, craft, do colouring, photography, scrapbooking, sing, dance, act. Whatever it is try to do it away from technology or social media. You are a wonderful creative, expressive, perfectly imperfect human being and you’re looking to express that, enjoy an inner connection away from any toxicity from technology and social media.
6, Meditate. It’s not as hard or as time consuming as you might think. Just relax, close your eyes, take some deep breaths then spend a few minutes visualising a beautiful spring day, see the blue sky and the green plants, feel the sun on your skin and the grass under your feet, smell the grass and the flowers, hear the birdsong and insects, lose yourself in Spring… rouse yourself gently and ground yourself by stamping your feet a few times before carrying on with your day.
7, Cleanse and purify your space by clearing out the clutter. Burn incense or open a window to let in fresh air. To help you decide what to chuck when decluttering repeat this affirmation to yourself: ‘If it doesn’t nourish my soul, I don’t need it” – Disclaimer – Obviously be sensible here, don’t throw away your vacuum cleaner because it doesn’t fill you with joy and then blame me when your floor is dusty! But just bear in mind that we do tend to hold on to a lot of possessions for security when actually making space would make us happier.
8, Move stuff around. Gove yourself a fresh perspective and reorganise your space. Move furniture and decor, re-hang pictures and mirrors in new places. Changing things up can allow you to view your ‘stuff’ in new ways, proving you don’t always have to spend loads of money on new things to refresh and re-energise your space.
9, Pick or buy yourself some flowers that cheer you. Or if flowers are not your thing put up some artwork that you love (a greetings card or image from a magazine would do). Repaint a wall in a colour that makes you smile, put a new cosy cushion on your chair, use a scented candle, (remember to check out charity shops for homeware bargains), wear that favourite outfit, whatever it is, do something that makes your surroundings feel nurturing and happy.
10, Spend time with people who light you up and setter conversations away from things that you find draining. Yes we need to address important issues but talking about the state of the world today ad nauseam just exhausts and depresses you (especially without actually taking action). If you can’t or won’t change something give yourself a break from it and focus on something positive for a while.
11, Spend time doing what you love. Don’t feel guilty about it, you deserve it and it’s helping you be happier person, which in turn can only be a good thing for you and those around you, those positive vibes ripple out.
I hope these ideas are helpful, I’d love to know which ones work for you add anything else you find that works to lift your spirits.