Spring is finally here in Austin, and not a moment too soon. I’ve been really feeling the winter blues these last couple of months. It’s been dark, cold, and wet, all of which make it hard to find motivation, inspiration, or focus. Thankfully I have a therapist I love and a wonderful support system to turn to when things get really dark, but it’s always been important to me to be able to make myself feel better on my own, even if it’s just enough to hold myself together until I get home to Dago or call my mom. When all else fails, these are my three favorite ways to feel better right now.
1. Wear a an outfit that makes you feel great. For me it’s something that I’ve worn enough times to have figured out any kinks, and something that usually garners compliments (hey, having someone else tell you that you look good never hurts!). Whether it’s a bold collection of colors or an all-black ensemble, wearing something that feels essentially you is always a good way to start feeling better. Bonus if you wear a pair of shoes with a little heel — that extra bit of height can be exactly the confident boost you need!
2. Send out a little love into the universe. When I’m feeling down, I like to send a quick text to a friend I haven’t talked to in a while. Chances are, they needed to hear something positive and supportive in that moment, but even if not, it’s just nice to be reminded that you’re loved and thought about. Doing this always makes me feel better because I did something nice for someone I care about, but it’s also great because it reminds you of what awesome people are in your life and how lucky you are to have them.
3. Citrus. When I notice that I’m in a dark place — depressed, unmotivated, ultra-sensitive, just wanting to crawl back into bed — I like to grab a piece of citrus: an orange, clementine, or tangerine, preferably! Even having the pop of color on my desk at work helps literally brighten my day, but the scent and especially the act of peeling and eating each individual section of the fruit improves my mood every time. It feels good to take care of yourself, and I love that eating a piece of citrus makes you spend a couple more seconds on doing something good for you.
It doesn’t take much for a bad day to spiral into a rut, so I try to remember these three easy tricks for getting through rough spots. What are your fool-proof ways to feel better?
P.S. I’m off to CAMP at the end of the workday! Can’t wait to see some of you there!