Hello! I’m Amy from amyrutter.com and I’m very excited about being invited to write for Lipstick and Lashes. I’m a lifestyle blogger from Brighton and I write about topics such as home, food, health, beauty, fitness and relationships.
When I need a bit of cheering up, there are a few fail-safe options I turn to. Whether I’m feeling a little sad because it’s a dull, rainy day or I’m a bit bored, one of these will brighten my mood.
1. Watch a girly movie or TV series
Something like Girls or Sex and the City normally does it for me. I think it’s mostly about the escapism more than anything else – having a little delve into someone else’s perfect (or not so perfect) life and having a laugh about it.
2. Bake some cookies
Home baked biscuits are always so much more satisfying than ripping open a packet of supermarket biscuits. And I find it even more satisfying if I manage to make biscuits purely from leftovers. I normally have granola knocking about so I mix it with margarine, sugar, honey and an egg. Simple, quick and delicious!
3. Catch up with a friend
A good natter can immediately cheer you up – if there’s something troubling you, chatting it through will put your mind at rest. I don’t speak to my friends nearly enough, but I know that as soon as I pick up the phone, it’s like old times.
4. Buy little personalised gifts for a friend
Sometimes I like to pick up little gifts, whether they be small pampering products or a DVD I think a friend will like and send them to them as a surprise present.
5. Buy flowers
Flowers immediately brighten a home and they cheer me up every time I enter the room.
6. Write a list
Ok so I might be a bit of a geek, but I love writing a good old list. It makes my head feel organised and I can’t remember everything without one anyway. And it feels soooo good to tick something off. Is that really sad??
7. Go for a run
It took me a while to get into running as I don’t really do any other exercise (although I was also doing zumba classes when I started running). I take my iPod with me and sing along in my head while I’m having a run around the local park and I love it. Sure, it’s hard work, but again it’s satisfying. It’s a good chance to think things through while getting some fresh air – and burn off some calories!
8. Have a clean-up and a clear out
This might feel like the last thing you want to do if you’re in a bad mood but clearing up is oddly uplifting. I suppose because it gives you a chance to create some order, clear space and in doing so create order in your mind. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something in your house, so by clearing through stuff you’re going to feel more in control of everything.
9. Watching the world go past in a coffee shop
I love grabbing a hot drink and people watching. Replace the words ‘coffee shop’ with ‘beer garden’ when it’s sunny!
10. Have a long hot bath
A soak in a good bubble bath with candles and a glass of wine is just perfection.